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While a huge chunk of the country thought that light-hearted tribute from President Obama to the Rev. Al Green was kind of fun, we find out via Krugman that the ".01 percent" were not amused.
[...] Suzy Welch, former editor in chief of the Harvard Business Review, and wife of Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric [...] suggested that Mr Obama’s personal style and choice of musical material define him as a member of a “different America”. I would imagine this is why Mr Romney’s campaign included the snippet of Mr Obama singing “Let’s Stay Together” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. They hoped it would convey his otherness.

“It’s the difference between the songs that they’re singing,” Mrs Welch said. “Mitt Romney didn’t exactly do a beautiful job on that song, but think about what he’s singing, OK? I mean it’s that patriotic song and he goes all the way through it. Then you’ve got the very cool Barack Obama singing Al Green. That is the two different Americas. Isn’t it?”

He's so foreign and un-American! Just like Lay's potato chips and (as Krugman points out) Red Lobster. The elite's version of birtherism. "He listens to that music."

They really aren't living in the same America, but I don't think they quite realize who is out of touch with the mainstream.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM PDT.

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