We know that when Barack Obama was raising funds from wealthy San Fransciscans, he had this to say about Pennsylvanians, who were about to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary against him:
“Our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives,” he said. “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not.
“And it’s not surprising then 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.”
This naturally got him in trouble in Pennsylvania, where Democrats voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary election a few days later.
To make amends to Pennsylvanians, here is the ever-articulate Mr. Obama talking speaking at Penn State University:
Yes, he called the Penn State mascot the “Nittaly Lions”. Or is that “Knittallee Lions.” In any case, that’s about like saying the “Pittsburgh Browns” or the Green Bay Vikings.” Minor stuff, but most winning politicians don’t make these sorts of mistakes.
For my South African readers, the mascot of Penn State University (do African or English universities have mascots?) is the “Nittany Lions.” A Nittany Lion is the local name for mountain lions that lived in Pennsylvania. (I don’t think they exist in PA anymore.)