I am currently reading Steven Malanga's superb new book , " Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer" and came across this quote from Barack Obama (circa 1995) when a reporter asked him about the trials and travails of community organizing. He depicted leftist organizing as being more arduous than similar efforts by the Christian right, telling the reporter:
It's always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness and false nostalgia.
He was in his mid-thirties then. Not much maturing or broadening of his own narrow-minded views happened in the following years as we recall his 2008 inadvertent disclosure regarding how he viewed small town Americans (and small town for him probably refers to any town smaller than Chicago):
It' not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.