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

………with traces of DOG MEAT!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 18, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Ain’t no silver in Kenya.

hillsoftx on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Better a silver spoon than a chunk of dog.

chimney sweep on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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

…now, puppies on the other hand…

Weight of Glory on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

obama had something in his mouth years ago. think it was larry sinclair, lol

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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

Woof!

Bruno Strozek on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Why is inheriting wealth a bad thing, anyway?

philoquin on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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

No. But you sure had it up your nose for a while.

nukemhill on April 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

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

Obama’s Coke spoon is infuriated by this comment.

portlandon on April 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

“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.”

Has Obama ever said how he paid for either college or law school or is that a classified secret along with his transcripts?

Resist We Much on April 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

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.

It means Romney’s already going *squish!*

A decent candidate would never “concede” Obama’s likability, but hit Obama day-after-day on every scandal, misdeed, impropriety, and embarassment possible to destroy his “likability.”

Stoic Patriot on April 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Really, Zero? You had everything handed to you too. Can you name one thing you actually earned by way of an actual j-o-b?

Inquiring minds want to know.

dogsoldier on April 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Obama The Victim

BobMbx on April 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Maybe this explains why he used to eat dogs

Woof woof Mr Allah
and that’s why I hang here every chance I get :D

burrata on April 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

TEAM ROMNEY – GAME ON! Many were concerned that if Romney were nominated, that the Seamus-on-cartop meme would bite him in the asset. I am thrilled to see that between Ann Romney’s Nuclear Response to “Rosengate” and the plethora of tweets, t-shirts,buttons related to #ObamaDogRecipes, Team Romney seems to have the “fire in the belly” to defeat the Once.

Mutnodjmet on April 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

forked tongue perhaps, but, alas, no silver spoon.

ted c on April 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Well, duh. Dog meat tarnishes the silver. :)

Good Solid B-Plus on April 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Maybe he wasn’t, but he seems to go around now like he has a corn cob shoved up his bum.

Dack Thrombosis on April 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

And Romney wasn’t born with big ears.

hepcat on April 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I ate a pony.

Seth Halpern on April 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Obama: “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born in the United States.”

WOOF WOOF

Pork-Chop on April 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Pennys Envy.

singlemalt 18 on April 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

strong>BS you went to Punahou! Columbia and Harvard can’t get more Silver Spoon than that.

400lb Gorilla on April 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

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

More like a silver foot.

squint on April 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Actually, all jokes aside, I think this “dog issue” is gonna be pretty harmful in the long run, here’s how:

Obama has been fighting the meme that “He’s just not culturally one of us” for a long time. This might be the incident that cements that meme for a lot of folks.

If it does, he’s in big trouble, because he’s just be Palinized by a pooch.

Bruno Strozek on April 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

What kind of eating utensil does one use to eat dog? Chop sticks? Or a plain old fork?

What was on the utensil is more important… and if you swallowed man’s best friend.

Perhaps Obama needs to stop talking about mealtime altogether.

petunia on April 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

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

In this country, being a member of several protected classes simultaneously is a defacto silver spoon.

BobMbx on April 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

So………
War on Women, a wash.
Dog Wars, a wash.
Class Warfare card still going strong.

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

How do you suppose Obama prefers his dog prepared? Smoked over an open fire perhaps?

Kjeil on April 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Street cred is not earned by having everything handed to you – even if it’s only on Oneida Everydayware.

batterup on April 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

How does these statements square with his team’s assertion that he should not be held accountable for eating dog as a child? You’re born into the family, rather than choose to join it, right?

blammm on April 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Barry was born with the leg bone of Toto in his mouth.

galtani on April 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I want a president who was born poor like Obama. Because all of his glorious empathy for the plight of the poor has like totally translated into a good job and money in my wallet./

Kataklysmic on April 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

So,the Extraordinary Extremeley Filthy Dirty Rotten 1% Rich
Meme is now in Fully Operational Liberal Operative Mode Mission!!

I bet this talking point gets ricocheting around the net and tv,in
Lefty talky points over this next!!

canopfor on April 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Not a silver spoon, but a gold one. Obama, the globe-trotted college student after being coddled in Hawaii through private school by doting grandparents, while his mother (allegedly, deprived) was living in a hotel fulltime, paid for by her employer, and racking up $187,000. a year in salary (or something close to that) for life in Indonesia.

Yeah, no silver spoons there but more than likely, golden ones.

Obama should not again be allowed to keep this woesome lie of his going, that he was some sort of deprived child, because he wasn’t. He’s coasted on this ploy-for-sympathy for a while now but the guy does not even begin to know what it means to not have someone taking care of his bills for him.

Lourdes on April 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM

When eating chicken and dog legs, it is acceptable to use one’s fingers. No silverware necessary.

Dee2008 on April 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

In this country, being a member of several protected classes simultaneously is a defacto silver spoon.

BobMbx on April 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

No kidding – he hit the victim’s lottery:

Black
Poor
Muslim
Immigrant

/sarc (kinda)

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Tell us again which Public High School you went to, O’bama.

Oh, that’s right. You went to a snobby private school in Honolulu that has an endowment comparable to the private school Romney went to.

Elite.

Del Dolemonte on April 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

But he knows how to use a dog butcher knife

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 6:47 PM

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

How could you ?
You have forked tongues on both sides of your mouths
on your 2 faces .
You were born with a stick up your a$$ though !

burrata on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Did you notice how he said “somebody gave me an education,” as if it was a gift and not something he worked for? Most of us would not be able to say that.

Dee2008 on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

dog killer! didn’t he call mike vick to congrulate him on his nfl return. those people are primitive.

gemini on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

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.

Well, it was qualified with an “if”.

Count to 10 on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

This guy is absolutely disgusting.

rplat on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Barry was born with the leg bone of Toto in his mouth.

galtani on April 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Mitt Romney mistreated Seamus.

Obama mistreats and shames us.

I’ll take the former over the latter.
(Can I copyright that Seamus/Shame-us thing I just did?)

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Well I’m sure plastic spoons weren’t on the table eather, how did he eat his Mutton? I guess Sparky was finger licking good………

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Right, you braying jackass, you had to work for everything you were given for not doing anything.

vermin on April 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

My take on Obama’s youth — the years in Hawaii at least — is that he (so can be found in one of his books) “hung out on the beach” BECAUSE HE WANTED TO. He had a spoiled, overly indulged childhood and the fact that he was able to “hang out on the beach” and use whatever-drugs he seems to have wanted to use — while enrolled in one of Hawaii’s private schools, paid for by whomever else, not himself — means he indulged his whims because he wasn’t being held to any higher standard than that. And that means, his pleasures were indulged, he wasn’t “struggling” or deprived.

Lourdes on April 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Tell us more about your education…

d1carter on April 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Hey Barry! How many AFFIRMATIVE ACTION programs did you take advantage of?

GarandFan on April 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Romney wasn’t born with a chip on his shoulder.

Christien on April 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Has to have one of these. ™ or © or ®, then you have to publish it.

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Did you notice how he said “somebody gave me an education,” as if it was a gift and not something he worked for? Most of us would not be able to say that.

Dee2008 on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

That statement by Obama is insufferable! “Somebody gave (him) an education,” without so much as a kind, genuinely grateful mention of him/her/they who paid for that “education.”

Obama is such a jerk. I mean, SUCH a jerk. So entirely self-centered, cruel, something about his personality is just plain old awful. Rude, just awful.

Lourdes on April 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I, too, moved to Bloomfield Hills from a more blue collar part of Detroit, and my dad also was a honcho at American Motors. Mr. Romney ran AMC and my pop was the Gen. Sales Manager.

Bloomfield Hills is home to auto execs and pro athletes, it’s true. But I went to school and church with these folks and this was NOT a silver spoon society. The ‘rich’ kids in BH did not stand out nor did they flaunt their status back in the late 60′s and early 70′s. Just like Detroit, Bloomfield Hills is full of hard working nice people who don’t often flaunt their wealth or status.

DrW on April 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Don’t forget the race war they tried to start in FL. Another bust.

They’re trying to start a gun war but it’s going to interfere with their war on women since the biggest beneficiaries of laws like Stand Your Ground are battered women.

batterup on April 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

This dog won’t hunt. Gets a free ride to the best universities, makes millions do nothing as a community organizer, and he didn’t have a silver spoon?

Try again Barry.

sandiegoconservative on April 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

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

So is that why he feels justified in charging the taxpayers for separate his-and-hers private jumbo jets to vacation in Hawaii?

malclave on April 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Did you notice how he said “somebody gave me an education,” as if it was a gift and not something he worked for? Most of us would not be able to say that.

Dee2008 on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

That statement is Part 2 of the “typical White person” insult as to his Grandmother.

This man is ruuude.

Lourdes on April 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Obama was born with his fathers Grudge to bear.

portlandon on April 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

If I had a brother, he would live in a shack

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

batterup on April 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Good catch! I’m getting old. Thanks.

So………
War on Women, a wash.
Dog Wars, a wash.
Race War, a wash?
Class Warfare card still going strong.

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

It should not be very difficult for Mitt to appear more presidential than this guy. BHO is headed to full blown unhinged by Nov.

d1carter on April 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

It means Romney’s already going *squish!*

A decent candidate would never “concede” Obama’s likability, but hit Obama day-after-day on every scandal, misdeed, impropriety, and embarassment possible to destroy his “likability.”

Stoic Patriot on April 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Not necessarily “squish.” It serves no purpose for Romney to make a personal attack about Obama’s likeability. Doesn’t mean Romney won’t capitalize on any missteps or gaffes that will almost certainly be made. And if he keeps his cool, it would be a contrast to what will become uglier as time passes. As the Obama campaign’s desperation reaches a fever pitch, Romney won’t have to say anything — Obama will destroy his likeability himself.

cheeflo on April 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

This is why he got so hot and bothered when an interviewer asked him if he thought he was out of touch due to taking so many vacations. The ‘out of touch’ line is his to apply to MR only.

yhxqqsn on April 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Can’t we just let this dog meme go now?

I kid.

No we can’t. Not now. Not ever.

Curtiss on April 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

My mind was a terrible thing to waste.

Remember quotas? Sure you do.

Silver government spoon, paid for by? And we’re supposed to go back there?

Speakup on April 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Maybe if your mommy had cared and did her job; she could have picked a better daddy for you– say one that wasn’t married already..

melle1228 on April 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

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

You mean people like FDR, JFK, Teddy K, John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi? People like that?

Oldnuke on April 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

so he’s spent his life trying to steal the spoons from other people…

dentarthurdent on April 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Ain’t no silver in Kenya.

hillsoftx on April 18, 2012 at 6:39 PM

course not..they eat with their hands there…

jimver on April 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I’ll take Romney’s SS (Silver Spoon) over Obamas SS (Secret Service) any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

hot-heir on April 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

So I guess the President thinks it will be perfectly acceptable to dismiss whatever accomplishments his daughters achieve in life because of who their father is.

Daemonocracy on April 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Maybe if your mommy had cared and did her job; she could have picked a better daddy for you– say one that wasn’t married already..

melle1228 on April 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

hey, now, he found a better one in Lolo, later on, who at least put food on the table…and by that I do not necessarily mean dog food..

jimver on April 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

This is why he got so hot and bothered when an interviewer asked him if he thought he was out of touch due to taking so many vacations. The ‘out of touch’ line is his to apply to MR only.

yhxqqsn on April 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

The Obama’s live a far more extravagant lifestyle than the Romneys (paid for by other people) and they have the audacity to call Mitt out of touch. Now that’s “rich”.

Kataklysmic on April 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Did you notice how he said “somebody gave me an education,” as if it was a gift and not something he worked for? Most of us would not be able to say that.

Dee2008 on April 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

That statement is Part 2 of the “typical White person” insult as to his Grandmother.

This man is ruuude.

Lourdes on April 18, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I understood “someone” as neither the government nor his family nor himself; which leaves …who?

LASue on April 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Woe is him, Romney should come out and say it “yes, mr obambi was born so poor he had to eat his dog”.

VegasRick on April 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

It’s not what you’re born with in your mouth, it’s what you put there later.

de rigueur on April 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Like Kennedy said of Nixon, “The man has no class”.

Cleombrotus on April 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Just for the record, I was born dirt poor and would have been more than happy to accept a “silver spoon” if it was offered. Why does Obama have this rabid hate for successful people?

rplat on April 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Taking a dig at someone’s wealthy background is the kind of behavior you expect from a 14 year old. Romney should just respond with “STFU Jug Ears.”

Sharke on April 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

He wasn’t born with a silver spoon. He was born with a hammer and sickle.

Big difference there, puppy muncher.

Key West Reader on April 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

SCOAMF!

The wheels are really coming off. The internal polls for lord 0 must be horrendous.

Just think what will come out of his mouth in late October.

jukin3 on April 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Has to have one of these. ™ or © or ®, then you have to publish it.

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Do a brother a solid and slap one on there for me! I can’t find the “circle around the letter” key on my keyboard!

CycloneCDB on April 18, 2012 at 7:03 PM

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

No you were born with that loada buncha crap you keep trying to feed to the rest of us–over and over and over again–and we ain’t bitin’.

stukinIL4now on April 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Can’t we just let this dog meme go now?

I kid.

No we can’t. Not now. Not ever.

Curtiss on April 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I’ve got a feeling that from now to November, every time Obama mentions anything to do with food, eating, silverware, dogs, or weird religious beliefs, hilarity will ensue. To think this little gem was hiding in his book all this time. Bless you Jim Treacher.

Dee2008 on April 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Romney knows how to make money.

Obama knows how to take money.

Bruce MacMahon on April 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Romney wasn’t born with a chip on his shoulder.

Christien on April 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

THAT ^^.

Lourdes on April 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Yet somehow, Odumbo still managed to get everything handed to him his whole life.

I can’t believe these two frauds are the best we can do. What a joke.

Walter Sobchak on April 18, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Substitute your lies for fact
I can see right through your plastic mac
I look all white, but my dad was black
My fine looking suit is really made out of sack

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth

Christien on April 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Everyone knows dog meat is too tough for a spoon. You need a fork and good sharp knife.

Kevin71 on April 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Obama has been fighting the meme that “He’s just not culturally one of us” for a long time. This might be the incident that cements that meme for a lot of folks.

If it does, he’s in big trouble, because he’s just be Palinized by a pooch.

Bruno Strozek on April 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Um, right.
Most people would probably put their car on the roof of their car with their luggage if they didn’t have room inside. In fact, it is very down to earth. Just consider how many people put their dogs in the beds of their trucks.

Count to 10 on April 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Just think what will come out of his mouth in late October.

jukin3 on April 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Pea soup?

ElectricPhase on April 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

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

LMAO! Credit where credit is due. That was good. lol

cicerone on April 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Can’t say I’ve ever heard of a baby coming out of the womb with a spoon (silver, wooden, plastic, etc) in its mouth.

Bitter Clinger on April 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Ricky Schroder was unavailable for comment.

St Gaudens on April 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I’ll take Romney’s SS (Silver Spoon) over Obamas SS (Secret Service) any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

hot-heir on April 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Obama’s SS use spoons for other things…like snorting coke.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I understood “someone” as neither the government nor his family nor himself; which leaves …who?

LASue on April 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Do the names Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn ring a bell?

Lily on April 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Sounds similar to Ann Richards’ remarks about George H.W. Bush at the 1988 democrat convention.

SouthernGent on April 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Just for the record, I was born dirt poor and would have been more than happy to accept a “silver spoon” if it was offered. Why does Obama have this rabid hate for successful people?

rplat on April 18, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Only hatred I see here is hatred for a black president.

angryed on April 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

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