Recently I had a “blog-conversation” with an East coast liberal about a somewhat famous video which focuses upon the words spoken by a very excited woman after she attended an Obama-Biden campaign rally.

The conversation lead to a friendly disagreement about what she says, i.e. her words versus what she actually meant; that her words are an allegory. The conversation lead to the idea that depending upon your political polarity, the viewer’s interpretation of those words may even reveal that polarity, which in turn advances the idea that based upon some pre-established wiring of the brain, conservatives are predisposed to hear one thing while liberals hear another.

I contend it isn’t that complicated.

Those of a conservative leaning hear this:

“I’m not gonna have to worry about putting gas in my car or paying my mortgage.”

which is to say her words are to be taken literally.

Those of a liberal mindset hear this:

“Obama will lower taxes and make it easier for her to pay her bills.”

Here is the video containing the woman’s statement.

The argument from the conservative side

To build the case about why her her words are to be taken literally, we look at the history of Obama’s campaign and the many promises Obama made along the way.

It’s no news that Obama frequently spoke about his intent to redistribute wealth. It was a message planted firmly in the heads of many, including the woman in the video above. It’s because of these messages that she mistakenly believes she and others like her will be “taken care of” through Obama’s social programs.

For example, Obama’s pledge to cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans, while raising taxes on the tiny fraction who earn more than $250,000 is known as “redistribution of wealth” and is understood by most thinking Americans as “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor”. Revealing a socialist mentality, Obama says it’s simply being “neighborly”. Obama explains this to Bill O’Reilly on September 8, 2008.

If I am sitting pretty and you’ve got a waitress who is making minimum wage plus tips, and I can afford it and she can’t, what’s the big deal for me to say, I’m going to pay a little bit more? That’s neighborliness. – Barack Obama, Sept. 8, Fox News interview with Bill O’Reilly

Obama further reinforced the notion of great social change, of “flipping around” the long established social order when he said,

My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join me as we try to change it. – Barack Obama

Since his inauguration, we have had a taste of what he had in mind. We’ve seen the Cash-for-Clunkers program and other spending programs which are supposed to help the economy. So far, they aren’t.

We have heard Obama’s message about the potential for success of little people being minimized and oppressed by big, bad business.

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many. – Barack Obama

With a carefully established foundation of expectations firmly laid down by Obama, it is not a stretch to understand how it is possible for the woman to believe in what Obama is saying and therefore, enable the listener to take the woman’s statement literally. Clearly, the woman genuinely believes in Obama’s intent of moving money out of the Treasury and into the hands of the “little people”.

As a reality update, judging by the looming tax increases we’re staring at to pay for a bunch of social programs which will compromise America’s future and oppress us even more, I’m sure that lady has already received that rude slap in the face that she “ain’t gettin’ nothin’”.

I wonder how excited she is now. No matter.

To underscore further about how the woman gets her ideas, take a look at the video below. It was made by a very frustrated guy after Obama’s inauguration and during the early phases of the mortgage crisis. The guy has just heard about Obama’s plan to bail out the homeowners who can’t pay their mortgages. This speaks directly to the point of the woman in the video who states,

“I’m not gonna have to worry about putting gas in my car or paying my mortgage.”

“We gonna flip it around. We’re not gonna have to pay no bills”

From the left, or perhaps from some who appear to be on the left, who parody the left’s mindset see it in a similar light. It’s a skit, but it serves to underline the message planted into the heads of those who believe in entitlements put there by Obama.


After review of the history of Obama’s campaign promises and his careful explanations about his policy beliefs it is easy to see how the woman spoke the words she did. It is also easy to believe she meant what she said.

What do you say?