Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fact Check: First Lady's False Fairy Tale of Struggle

Fact Check: First Lady's False Fairy Tale of Struggle
First Lady Michelle Obama’s pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years--about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was “rusted out" and found his furniture “in a dumpster,” how they both came from families that had to “scrape by.” Her fairy tale--however well-delivered--was one great, big, colorful lie. (link)

My Comment: Please read the above. The Obamas went to elite schools. Their first home was a $277K, two-bedroom condo purchased in 1993. With cushy law school jobs they could well afford their student loans.  I am not buying the rusted out car and furniture from a dumpster story. Quit frankly, I was skeptical when Ann Romney said she and Mitt lived in a basement and their desk was a door on saw horses and their dining room table was an ironing board. I accept that the Romneys were probably more privileged than the Obamas but I don't think the Obamas nor the Romneys have ever experienced poverty. Neither of them have had to decide which bill to pay and which to not pay or worried about having their utilities disconnected.  I hate it when rich privileged people play the "I-was-poor" card.

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