they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them

As one of those flyover conservatives who supports the Second Amendment, believes strongly in an active God, and wants a strong immigration policy to protect our country and keep us safe, I resent Obama’s articulation of my beliefs as something I cling to from bitterness.

It could well be that, as he said eventually, he misspoke. I think it is more likely that he was addressing his audience with a characterization they would agree with. But you don’t lie to an audience to get them to believe you.

Betsy’s Page has the best discussion I’ve seen, though the Barack Obama: Jedi Mastervideo takes forever to load.