President Obama wasn’t born with a silver spoon
Yesterday during a speech in Ohio, the President shared part of his story with some of his supporters. As the crowd of about 400 students at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio listened in, he said "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn't, either," “But somebody gave us a chance. Just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.”( NBC's Ali Weinberg and Domenico Montanaro)
This was of course said in an attempt to underscore the fact that he comes from a humble back ground, and that as a family that knows what is like to struggle in order to get by , the Obama family’s heart is with those who are working hard to improve their life. It was sort of like saying to America, I am with you; it was a way of encouraging and giving hope.
was born with a silver spoon
However, the President’s remarks did not go well with Mitt Romney. Apparently, the multimillionaire who has made a fortune out of taking companies apart by firing employees and carrying out other gutting out measures, said "I'm certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life," (Yahoo)
Mitt Romney’s remark was a desperate attempt to connect with middle class Americans, but rather than connecting, all Mitt Romney did was push away. In essence he said “I am rich and so what? Do you have a problem with it?”
President Obama understands the struggles of middle class Americans
The President and Michele Obama were blessed to have had the chance to get financial aid for college. Certainly they must realize that without assistance from the government, their dreams and aspirations may have been kept unrealized. That is why President Obama fights so hard for middle class Americans. He wants all Americans to have an opportunity to reach the top, and frankly without some of the plans that he is proposing, it will be virtually impossible for the poor and the middle class to have upward mobility.
Mitt Romney doesn’t understand the struggles of middle class Americans
Mitt Romney on the other hand has not had to endure any financial hardship in his life. When it came time for him to go to college his family did not have to sit around to figure out what things they had to do without in order to make college a reality. When it came time for him to go to college the likely conversations around his family table pertained to which Ivy League school they were going to send him, and whether he would be living in a condo or a fancy fraternity house.
Now it was great for Romney that his father was a millionaire, and that his life has been filled with great financial success. I don’t think Americans envy him for it. The problem is that most Americans wonder how a man that has never endured financial worries will be able to feel the pain the American people feel.
Who are you going to trust?
Sure Mitt Romney talks about creating jobs and opportunity for Americans. However, when he says creating jobs, what kind of jobs? If people can’t get a better education because he and his party want to cut everything that is available to help the middle class and poor people, how will folks be able to afford an education? So without an education, folks will be stuck without a choice of careers, and they will be desperate, at the mercy of big corporations. Will they get a good salary or will they make meager wages under a Romney administration? Let’s not forget, Republicans want to get rid of minimum wage, so you can expect wages to be below minimum wage under Romney.
Obama on the other hand wants to make sure that people can get educated so that they can have a career choice. Obama and the Democrats demand that we get paid fair wages, and Democrats have fought hard to establish minimum wage requirements. So even if you do not get an education you can still make a fair wage. There is a way up; there is opportunity under an Obama administration. As someone who struggled, President Obama feels the pain and understands what is like to wonder how to pay for college when finances are tight. Perhaps he is the only chance the middle class has to keep it from going extinct. What do you think?