Is the social engineering mask slipping in time?

Can someone out there help me understand how Obama’s popularity can withstand the revelation this morning that his “spread the wealth” comment was not a simple mangling of terms but an authentic reflection of a philosophy held since at least 2001?

The reason I ask is that I’ve heard it cited that 85% of Americans oppose the use of the tax code for wealth redistribution, yet the confirmation today that it is at the heart of Obama’s social philosophy doesn’t seem to be making much of an impact.

What am I missing?????