Ann Coulter: Obama’s silver spoon was “an affirmative action silver spoon”

posted at 12:11 pm on April 20, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Perhaps no one has been so steadfast in support of Mitt Romney as Ann Coulter. Now that the former Massachusetts governor is the all-but-Republican-nominee, Coulter has an even more important role — helping her candidate win the actual White House. She’s already hard at work, lobbing Obama’s attacks right back at him.

In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Coulter revisited Obama’s “silver spoon” comment. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” Obama said in a recent speech in which he also called for increased student aid. While Obama’s remark was relatively offhand, most interpreted it as a jab at Mitt Romney — and Coulter adopted that interpretation, as well. The pundit pointed out the rich irony of Democrats’ disdain for Romney’s wealth, given their movement’s particular idols and a certain policy of affirmative action:

“Really, this ‘silver spoon’ business?” Coulter said. “Are they going to do that about every Republican while simultaneously revering FDR and JFK?  They really were pure silver spoon aristocrats inheriting all their money. Mitt Romney gave away all the money he inherited. He made it on his own.”

“And the silver spoon Obama got — I mean that generation, it can’t be denied, you can’t support affirmative action and then pretend it doesn’t exist. You don’t transfer from Occidental, which by his own accounts in his autobiography he mostly spent smoking pot, to a fine Ivy League university like Columbia if you’re not checking off ‘black’ on your application. So you know, the silver spoon since I’ve been alive has been an affirmative action silver spoon.”

And while she dismissed the rich-versus-poor meme some Democrats have been promoting, she did say there was another sort of class warfare occurring between those earning money from the government and those whose tax dollars are paying for it.

Coulter’s last point is particularly relevant: The class warfare that has grown up between taxpayers and government program beneficiaries is real. Beneficiaries will vote and approve of the expansion of government, while exhausted taxpayers will resist that growth. That warfare won’t end until politicians and other limited-government advocates begin — consistently and creatively — to make more than an economic argument against an unsustainable social safety net. The impending insolvency of entitlement programs and/or the likely damaging effects of the deficit and debt are clearly not motivating government beneficiaries to vote against big government — but the knowledge that earned success is far likelier to bring happiness than handouts might inspire them to work their way out of dependence and into relative self-sufficiency and to then vote accordingly.


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I don’t think it was the tax payers. It’s a mystery because Obama won’t tell us who paid for it. But someone else did pay for it.

Ampersand on April 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

somehow I always assumed that it was the affirmative action thing and that he got scholarships…especially that part with transferring from a obscure college to an ivy league university….

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

somehow I always assumed that it was the affirmative action thing and that he got scholarships…especially that part with transferring from a obscure college to an ivy league university….

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

It’s definitely possible. As are the more conspiratorial theories. All that’s sure is that we don’t know for sure how it was paid for.

Ampersand on April 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

He “the most transparent administration, ever), isn’t going to tell us his grades, much less who paid for his education.

GarandFan on April 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I used to think that the next civil war would be racial, then I thought it’d be lib vs conservative. Now I’m beginning to think it’ll be the collapse of the entitlement system and breakouts of violence from those dependant on the government when the free ride’s gone.

crazy_legs on April 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Yes, forget Race – that’s for hustlers like Al, Jesse, Jeremiah, and Zero.

Libs vs. Cons. would be a very short war indeed.

The most likely cause of a long-rolling low intensity conflict is the impending collapse of the welfare state.

In other news, gun sales have gone from $18bn a year in 2008 to $30bn last year…

CorporatePiggy on April 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Leave it to coulter to launch a good zinger! Nice!

TX-96 on April 20, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The real class war is between the Political Class, made of up politicians, government employees and their unions, and their welfare class dependents who pay no income taxes, and the Productive Class, the people who work, produce value, and pay the taxes that support the parasites in the Political Class.

We have reached a critical tipping point, foreseen long ago by de Toqueville. The Political Class has driven us to the edge of economic ruin, and their non-taxpaying supporters number half of potential voters. It remains to be seen if the Productive Class will be able to pull us back from the abyss.

novaculus on April 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

A few weeks ago, I saw the movie Atlas Shrugs. The phrase “ripped from the headlines” comes to mind in describing the movie and Ayn Rand’s book. As Instapundit (Glenn Reynolds) never tires of pointing out, this administration seems to use Atlas Shugs as a manual in planning their programs. It’ll be a miracle if we do pull the country out of this mess.

Gladtobehere on April 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Yes, it’s nice to hear that Ann is back on the rocker she was so far off of a short while ago.

stukinIL4now on April 20, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Didn’t our dear leader also attend a private HS in Hawaii as well? Seems like I heard that somewhere.

Kissmygrits on April 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Hey righties, have you ever met a black man worthy of anything?
If you wanna talk about affirmative action, how about George dummy Bush? How did he get into Yale? by his smartness?!!

Salahuddin on April 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

There are plenty of smart, well-educated black men to admire. Names like Prof. Sowell of Stanford and Prof. Walter Williams of GMU come to mind. People who are actual scholars with impressive bodies of published work. Contrast their accomplishments to those of someone like Obama, who merely pretended to be a scholar and wrote nothing but a fictionalized autobiography (and may not even have written that himself).

As for how George Bush gained admittance to Yale, he undoubtedly benefitted from legacy points, which are added to the application scores of children of alumni. Ironically (to you), Barack Obama, II, received the very same benefit at Harvard, where he was also the son of a former student. Unlike Bush, Barack Obama also received aff*rmative act*on points.

As for Obama’s claim that he had a deprived childhood, he lived in Hawaii for most of that time, attending Punahou, the most expensive private school in Honolulu. Furthermore, when Obama’s “typical white woman” grandmother died, she left Obama hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock in the Bank of Hawaii.

We should all have been as “deprived” as Obama was.

AZCoyote on April 20, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Lets not forget Obama also claimed an affinity for the silver coke spoon in his younger days, ok well he never copped to the silver spoon thing but it was the method preferred back in the day….

AndyG_CT on April 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I am conflicted. Ann has gone total nut job in her support for Romney, but she is right on target with these comments.

NotCoach on April 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Don’t forget she is a fan of gun control global warming Christy

KBird on April 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

eventually it will come out that Bill Ayers helped pay for Obama’s tuition, but probably not until after the election; our hard working liberal media will make sure of that

burserker on April 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Barry’s silver spoon is in his nose.

galtani on April 20, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I don’t get that ‘someone gave me an education’, what the heck does it mean anyways? Is it even correct, not necessarily grammatically speaking, the phrasing seem correct, but what’s the ‘abscons’ meaning? I’ve never heard someone phrasing it like this, regardless of whether they got scholarships or had their parents pay for their education…If it’s the parents, people usually acknowledge that, if it’s a scholarships, the same…but that ‘someone’ who gave Obama an education remains a mystery…though in reality we all know it’s the poor, generic taxpayer…

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

That’s the point in that piece that jumped out at me as well. Who’s they? Sheriff Joe’s interview with the Chicago mailman led me to believe that Bill Ayers’s father Thomas G. Ayers supported little Bammie while he was in school. There have also been wealthy Pakistanis and Saudis involved with him that could have helped out in the project.

slickwillie2001 on April 20, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I don’t like stick-lady Coulter anymore, but she still makes a good point once in a while.

Wolfmoon on April 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I think that Obama doesn’t want to release his records because they would should fraud.
Just one of those things that seemed “cool” back in the day..a way of “sticking it to the man”, never even imagining that it could come back and bite you in the ass.

Mimzey on April 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I’d just like to see his college transcripts and who paid for this education. That’s all.

reddevil on April 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You never will for one of two reasons (or both):

1. His grades were horrific.
2. He received FOREIGN student aid that is granted to those who come from countries where they eat dogs.

wildcat72 on April 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

… or 3. He got terrific grades, but he was taking underwater basketweaving and kicking cripples classes.

AZfederalist on April 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

More like bat signal.

Actually, poll posts are the angryed bat signal.

Red Cloud on April 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Angryed eats bats?

Huh.

Who knew?

Solaratov on April 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Hey righties, have you ever met a black man worthy of anything?
If you wanna talk about affirmative action, how about George dummy Bush? How did he get into Yale? by his smartness?!!

Salahuddin on April 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I’ve known quite a lot of intelligent, honorable, worthwhile black men (and women) over the years, who are worthy of any respect that anyone gives them.

Unfortunately for you and yours, Lil Barry Obama is not one of those people.

Btw; Bush isn’t the president any longer; and BDS is so passe. Your little guy is going to have to run on his record. mmmm mmmm mmmm.

Solaratov on April 20, 2012 at 8:02 PM

otoh, OBarky’s all good with eating Little Caesar Pizza served-up on silver plates at $40k a hit.

/.

CaveatEmpty on April 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

And it was made quite clear that they are “Sterling Silver” plates.

None of that tacky silver plate.

Solaratov on April 20, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Angryed eats bats?

Huh.

Who knew?

Solaratov on April 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I think the old maxim “you are what you eat” explains a lot in his case.

MelonCollie on April 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

MelonCollie on April 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Now, that’s funny. ;-)

Solaratov on April 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

If you wanna talk about affirmative action, how about George dummy Bush? How did he get into Yale? by his smartness?!!

Salahuddin on April 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Salahuddin, you’re behind the times. Years ago it all the rage for the Democrat media to talk about how dumb GWB was and how brilliant Gore and Kerry were, until it came out the GWB got better grades at better schools than both Gore and Kerry.

RJL on April 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I love it when the lefties come to this sight thinking that their comments have some weight but make us all laugh with their comments, it’s better than slap stick.

mixplix on April 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

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