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Obama out west

A good on the ground report about Barack Obama’s visit and town hall at Bozeman, Montana, by a veteran reporter – Ray Ring – who lives there.

Ring: “Obama tells several of the skeptics, ‘That’s a legitimate question.’ He tells one guy, Randy Rathie, a proud National Rifle Association member worried about costs of health-care reform, ‘I appreciate your question and the respect with which you ask it.’ He keeps using one of his own downhome words – ‘folks’ – to refer to just about anyone. He completely abandons his Harvard and Columbia degrees to intentionally misuse the language for a moment – ‘got to be careful of them cable network shows.’ He points to another woman who’s wearing a cowboy hat and says, ‘If I’m in Montana, I’ve got to call on someone with a cowboy hat.'”

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