Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

posted at 6:36 pm on April 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

Maybe this explains why he used to eat dogs. Eating horses was reserved for rich kids.

If this campaign ends up being as nasty as everyone expects, by September he’ll be referring to Romney as “Moneybags.” For the record:

Romney is sensitive to perceptions that he grew up wealthy, so Obama’s “silver spoon” remark could strike a nerve. On the campaign trail, the former Massachusetts governor sometimes talks about his father, George, growing up poor and driving across the American West looking for work. When Mitt was born, the family was middle class, moving from Detroit to the tony suburb of Bloomfield Hills only after Mitt was a teenager, when his father took over American Motors. Although Mitt’s parents helped fund his college and graduate education, and helped him and his wife, Anne, buy their first home, he did not inherit his parents’ wealth; he amassed a multimillion-dollar fortune on his own, working at Bain Capital.

Says Joel Gehrke at the Examiner, “The president, calling as he was for increased government investment in student aid, seemed to be implying that receiving an education paid for by family is less legitimate than receiving it due to government support.” Eh, I think this is just basic Buffett Rule share-the-wealth rhetoric even though the Buffett Rule won’t pay for much of anything, let alone college educations for the middle class. And of course the silver spoon point is a veiled dig at Romney, part of the kitchen-sink effort to make him as personally unappealing to voters as possible. Romney’s already working on a counter to that:

Mitt Romney appeared today to acknowledge a recent poll that found President Obama more likeable by warning a crowd in North Carolina that “even if we like” the president, Americans “can’t afford” his policies.

Romney’s nod to the issue of likeability came during a speech billed as a “prebuttal” to Obama’s speech that will be delivered at the Democratic National Convention later this fall.

“Even if you like Barack Obama, we can’t afford Barack Obama,” said Romney. “It’s time to get someone that will get this economy going and put the American people back to work with good jobs and rising income.”

Righties won’t like the idea of him conceding O’s likability, but my hunch is that realistically there’s not much you can do to an incumbent on this point. Romney will attack, of course — a guy who won the nomination via negative ads isn’t about to abandon them now — but he’s apt to stick to policy critiques rather than character assaults a la the left’s dumb obsession with Seamus the dog. What could he say at this point about Obama as a person to dramatically shift the public’s perception of a president they’ve lived with every day for more than three years? Unless Mitt’s oppo team digs something up, O’s favorables are more or less priced in and will shift only if major policy developments, like a tanking economy, give them a push. See Nate Silver’s latest piece for more on that. Favorability is a good indicator of the likelihood of winning an election — but more so later in the race than earlier. Mitt’s got time before the public makes a more or less final judgment on him but Democrats will be pushing against him all the way.

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with Romney, the dems are aiming for the class warfare angle. Romney bio and words will make their job easier.
ads just write themselfs… its going to be tough

nathor on April 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

Gee, sure could have fooled us!

You grew up in Hawaii, and were sent to an exclusive private school by your rich Grandma, you know, that typical white person who made you cringe. Then you went to Columbia University and Harvard Law School, not exactly the cheap community college down the road–who paid for all that?

Then you write a book about dreaming about your long lost Daddy, the womanizing Kenyan socialist revolutionary, and buy a million-dollar mansion with a little help from your felon friend Rezko.

From a man who mortgaged his house to send his kid to college, yes, Your Majesty Barack Hussein Obama the Second, you WERE born with a silver spoon!

Mitt Romney might have money, but he grew up in Michigan–wouldn’t he have preferred growing up in the tropical paradise of Hawaii?

Steve Z on April 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Romney’s father earned his wealth, while Mitt was growing up, kind of like the Obama’s earned their wealth, while their kids are growing up. Any negative comments that Obama makes about Romney’s upbringing, can also be applied to Obama’s own children.

HarryBackside on April 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Obama’s father was busy having multiple children by multiple wives and drunk diving any chance he got.

Wagthatdog on April 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

No you were born with a silver tongue that is forked.

redridinghood on April 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I think it’s ironic Obama’s dad had more wives than Romney if we’re playing the Mormon card.

Wagthatdog on April 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

New words for the Statue of Liberty song (Obama-style): “Give me your bitter, your angry, your ‘oppressed’ . . . ”

Great “leader” we have. Oh, but he’s not an angry, radical, bigot-racist . . .

RobertMN on April 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM

So, his silver spoon wasn’t in his mouth when he was born. It was just stuck up his …… never mind.

dmn1972 on April 19, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Late night screeds aside re: we FNGs …

QUOTE: “Although Mitt’s parents helped fund his college and graduate education, and helped him and his wife, Anne, buy their first home, he did not inherit his parents’ wealth; he amassed a multimillion-dollar fortune on his own, working at Bain Capital.”

Newp. No silvery-spoonishness there, eh?
Willard has no idea what he’s about to experience. In a moment of Schadenfreude I’m sure I’ll chuckle at the lava bombs ChicagØbama is about to lob at Mittens.
Way ta go, GOP! You again have put up a seriously flawed ‘It’s My Turn’ candidate!
Losers
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Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM

with Romney, the dems are aiming for the class warfare angle. Romney bio and words will make their job easier.
ads just write themselfs… its going to be tough

nathor on April 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Why is he being critical of Romney for the EXACT same thing he is providing his kids.

Jabberwock on April 19, 2012 at 7:05 AM

“Our kids are going to be fine,” Obama told supporters at a campaign event last night. “And I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don’t worry about you . . . they’re on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful.”

Yeah. It’s gonna be tough on millionaire Democrats. Their hypocrisy will be revealed at every turn.

Fallon on April 19, 2012 at 9:49 AM

…less.

GrassMudHorsey on April 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

No he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth but he eats Kobe beef, serves $500 wine, sends his kids to a fancy school, his wife wears $1000 sneakers, $5000 dresses and takes million dollar vacations. No, he may not have been born into money but he loves having it and spending it (especially ours).

dillydally on April 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I guess both Malia and Sasha are automatically disqualified for consideration as future POTUS. Maybe the Obama ohana were dirt poor, living in the hood, when the girls were born? Or, if you’re born black, you’re automatically considered disadvantaged and therefore have the right to bmw about everything that doesn’t go your way. Let me see, there it is in the Constitution:

No person except a natural born, poor Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

racquetballer on April 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

with Romney, the dems are aiming for the class warfare angle. Romney bio and words will make their job easier.
ads just write themselfs… its going to be tough

nathor on April 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

And that is the rub ! Romney has bio and words. Obama, not so much.
Huge gap of nothing, and I mean NOTHING, on his college years. How paid, classes, grades etc. That he has taken extraordinary steps not to discuss this aspect of his life, begs the question.

Jabberwock on April 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Good laughs on Twitter at #ObamaDogRecipes

Obama is now referring to Romney putting the dog on the roof as Meals on Wheels. #ObamaDogRecipes –
Michael Berry ‏ @MichaelBerrySho

petefrt on April 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Class warfare. Straight from Marx and Engals to you America!

kirkill on April 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

More like a silver dog bowl…

ChuckTX on April 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Yep, grew up with nothing then at some point had everything handed to him – he has no clue what it is like being in the “working class” or just really having any class. He hasn’t had to work 3 days straight, no sleep, to get a job finished. I bet that he doesn’t know how to even work a shovel, other than metaphorically when he is shoveling the sh*t down our throats. Even my drunk Cajun Uncle, after 8 months on ship, wouldn’t eat the dog! Pet chickens, ducks, turtles and rabbits – now that was another story.

rgranger on April 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM

So Mitt’s parents helping him pay for college and grad school = silver spoon, out-of-touch elitist.

Barry’s grandmother paying his tuition at the most expensive private school on Oahu, and leaving him hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock in the Bank of Hawaii = hopelessly deprived everyman?

AZCoyote on April 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

But you and Michelle sure have a taste for the silver spoon now, don’t you, compliments of the American Taxpayer. And you and Michelle lived much of your adult lives outside of your means, on credit, because you believed you were entitled to the whole silver set.

Seriously, what’s worse – building a fortune or spending others’ fortunes? This is the choice in November.

LetsBfrank on April 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM

This losing your post when the system refreshes is annoying.

Silver spoons are relative things and from my perspective, Obama’s spoon was at least silver plated. If he were so underpriviledged, how did he attend Punahoe ($18,000 a year), then Occidental ($20 to $30 a year), then Columbia ($47,000 a year), the Harvard Law ($48,000 a year)? This isn’t counting his drug money and his extensive travel money.

That sort of opportunity just wasn’t available to the average, working person. Not even to the VERY brightest. And scholarships were limited. Not at all like today where you can get a scholarship for having six toes.

So how did this oh so bright Obama (Who couldn’t even get a clerkship after law school—”Oh no, your honor. I’d much rather go to Chicago and organize ACORN protestors than clerk for a Supreme Court Justice! Much better future!”)—–how exactly did he pay for a half a million dollar education?

Romney people need to start throwing this cr*p back at him in very specific terms. Obama was NOT poor. He had a nanny for goodness sake! I’ll bet dollars to donuts Lenore Romney didn’t have a nanny raising Mitt.

Besides, what was Obama thinking talking about what he had in his mouth as a child?

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

You know, I really detest this man.

CliffHanger on April 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

petefrt on April 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Funny stuff. Thanks for the laughs.

lynncgb on April 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM

So Mitt’s parents helping him pay for college and grad school = silver spoon, out-of-touch elitist.

AZCoyote on April 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

As long as he was willing to WORK part-time, the G.I. Bill would have subsidized BOTH his education AND first house. But alas, Mittens refused to serve his country.
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Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

No, just haunch of dog.

Tennman on April 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Obama says he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he just spends other peoples’ money like he was.

volsense on April 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Karl Magnus @10:30 AM “Mittens refused to serve is country.” Obama did???? The only job Obama ever had out of the classroom was a community instigator. The rumor is he didn’t set foot on the mainland of the United States until he went to college. That might explain why his record makes Carter look almost sane.

volsense on April 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

No he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth but he eats Kobe beef, serves $500 wine, sends his kids to a fancy school, his wife wears $1000 sneakers, $5000 dresses and, takes million dollar vacations and eats pedigree dog.

FIFY

katablog.com on April 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The rumor is he didn’t set foot on the mainland of the United States until he went to college.

volsense on April 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

…So? Are Alaska and Hawaii now not as “American” as the rest of the country?

Sheesh. Find an attack that doesn’t demean parts of the country. It’s not like there’s a lack of material.

alwaysfiredup on April 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

As long as he was willing to WORK part-time, the G.I. Bill would have subsidized BOTH his education AND first house. But alas, Mittens refused to serve his country.
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Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

whereas if he were Obama, he would have received manna checks–origin unknown, they just showed up. And I’ll bet Romney didn’t know Rony Rezko, so no help there with the house financing.

Obama didn’t find the enlistment office but he certainly zeroed right in on the public trough…and he’s been feeding there ever since. A real Hortatio Alger is our Barrack.

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Obama’s “likability” is manufactured. I know more people who have said they are sympathetic to his policies than who say they “like” him. In fact, I have never talked to anyone who has said they “like” him.

stillings on April 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Make that Tony Rezko–the guy who’s currently residing in Illinois state housing because he paid off a LOT of politicos. Obama’s house deal wasn’t a pay-off. Tony didn’t understand that the lot he was left with was basically useless after he sold the Obama’s a strip of it, under market value.

Wouldn’t want poor Rony to get mixed up with his infamous cousin, Tony.

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM

In fact, I have never talked to anyone who has said they “like” him.

stillings on April 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I have. In fact, that used to be me, once upon a time; I had a mad crush on him after his 2004 DNC speech. I realized in 2008 that it wasn’t that special, that all of his speeches sound the same, and in 2009 I realized none of his speeches were sincere. But not everybody has that awakening.

alwaysfiredup on April 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Romney learned how to become a job creator along the way. Mr. Obama is still trying to figure out how to do that.

lynncgb on April 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

No he’s not. He’s trying to do the opposite – get as many people on the govt dole as possible. They’re his base, dontchaknow.

Harbingeing on April 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Karl Magnus @10:30 AM “Mittens refused to serve is country.” Obama did???? The only job Obama ever had out of the classroom was a community instigator. The rumor is he didn’t set foot on the mainland of the United States until he went to college. That might explain why his record makes Carter look almost sane.

volsense on April 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I wasn’t engaging in a compare and contrast, but feel free to do so.
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Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I wasn’t engaging in a compare and contrast, but feel free to do so.
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Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Ahhhh. I see. You were just being kind. Letting people know what benefits are out there for school and home buying? Like Quicken Loans or something.

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

No you were born with a silver tongue that is forked.

redridinghood on April 19, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Excellent! May I steal it? He was born with a silver fork in his mouth. THAT’s the kind of stuff that need to go out to the twitter wars.

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Can you imagine becoming the head of an auto company without a degree? I wonder what innovative thinking is schooled out of people today?

Cindy Munford on April 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Every thread needs a cartoon break.

redridinghood on April 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

The question no one ever seems to ask:

If Obama can rise from the depths of poverty (as he claims) to the highest office in the land, why do we need to change anything?

I’m a simple man. Explain that to me.

Silver Spoon, notwithstanding.

franksalterego on April 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Excellent! May I steal it? He was born with a silver fork in his mouth. THAT’s the kind of stuff that need to go out to the twitter wars.

Portia46 on April 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Absolutely.

redridinghood on April 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The jury is still out about just where Obama was born, grew up, and how he traveled worldwide extensively while still a teenager…

Maybe he pawned the family silver first? And he really didn’t need a silver fork to eat dog with; the way they do it in Indonesia is use a wooden stick.

dahni on April 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Romney learned how to become a job creator along the way. Mr. Obama is still trying to figure out how to do that.

lynncgb on April 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

No he’s not. He’s trying to do the opposite – get as many people on the govt dole as possible. They’re his base, dontchaknow.

Harbingeing on April 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I know what you’re sayin’…I was having a benevolent moment I suppose. I’m over it now.

lynncgb on April 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

No silver spoon, but definitely a bug up his butt and it’s still rumbling around.

subsonic on April 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM

It’s true, Obama was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. And, he continued after using that cliche, with, “somebody gave me a chance.”

What I want to know is this: specifically, which “somebody”? Who paid for his education? Who funded him early on?

Also, what were his grades? Where are his pre-”autobiography” published works? Why have those documents not been released to the public? Inquiring minds want to know. The American Public has a right to know.

leucanthemum b on April 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

Don’t need a spoon. Muslims use their right hand……………

Just sayin..

Tenwheeler on April 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Neither Bill Gates nor many of the Hollywood glitterati, of whom Obama is so fond, were born with silver spoons, either. So what? Isn’t the American Dream to become one of these? Romney needs to play up his middle class bona fides so that he can claim that he is the very embodiment of the dream that so many of us seek. Realistically, how many of us would rebuke ourselves if we were to have the good fortune (pun intended) to become wealthy?

College Prof on April 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Obama’s mother was a PhD…..earning a good salary, based on her CHOICES.

Stanley Ann didn’t work at waitressing at some diner of fast food place. And, Obama didn’t work his way through college, did he?

” “worked his way” through college and law school? The only back-up the campaign provided for this claim was a quote from Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father” having to do with a construction job he had one summer while he was in college, and an article mentioning his job as a summer associate one year at a big Chicago law firm. We asked campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor if Obama held jobs during the school year, or other summer jobs, but he said only, “He had the two jobs I told you about.” Unless Obama had a good bit more employment than his spokesman was able to describe for us, it’s a real stretch to claim he “worked his way” through school.

Update, July 25: Three weeks after we posted this story, the Obama campaign listed some additional jobs the candidate held during his college years. Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said that Obama had three summer jobs Vietor didn’t tell us about for our original article: one at a gift shop in Hawaii after his first year of college; another making sandwiches at a deli counter, also in Hawaii; and a third with a company that processed health records of police or firefighters. In addition, Vietor said, during one school year Obama worked as a telemarketer selling New York Times subscriptions over the phone. Without additional information, which we have asked for but which, so far, has not been provided by the campaign, we haven’t been able to independently verify this information.”

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/07/obamas-work-claim/

…………….he’s a fking liar

ploome on April 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

This may not be the best timing for President Obama to talk about things that have or haven’t been in his mouth.

ConservativeLA on April 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

No, not silver, “communist” spoon is more like it. Maybe that is why while you made it to Harvard, you don’t want others to be able to afford to send their kids there… say, while we are on that, how did you pay (or who paid for you) to go to Harvard?

rgranger on April 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

As long as he was willing to WORK part-time, the G.I. Bill would have subsidized BOTH his education AND first house. But alas, Mittens refused to serve his country.
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Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

And Obama has done what?

Dasher on April 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

LET’S GET REAL ABOUT THAT SILVER SPOON TRICK

What do you call skipping over a 2 yr. waiting list and attending the most expensive prep school in the nation that I know for a fact did not accept food stamps. Hanging out on a surfboard slurping shaved ice, bouncing that ball, whatever made you happy…that wasn’t enough for you according to those silly books. How then, with a straight face, will you convince voters this go around that you feel their pain. Keep in mind that this time around you will be vetted to the extreme as thus far, folks are still wondering who you are. Granted your life may not have been perfect but it was indeed privileged in the eyes those who struggled and did not have the connections you were privy to most of your life.

We won’t even go into Michelle’s deprived life.

Maile on April 20, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth

But I sure liked it in my nose

AndyG_CT on April 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

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