President Obama, speaking about the economy in Elyria, Ohio, emphasized his humble roots — telling supporters he wasn’t born with a “silver spoon” in his mouth.
“Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance. Just like these folks up here are looking for a chance,” Obama said, speaking to students at Lorain County Community College.
“Everybody here, we’re here because somebody somewhere felt a sense of larger responsibility,” Obama said. “My grandparents understood… Michelle’s parents understood… Now it’s our turn to be responsible.”
“This is about us together making investments in our country so that everybody’s got a fair shot. And that will make all of us better off,” Obama said, calling on Congress to again take up the so-called Buffett rule that would tax investment income at a rate similar to wages and salaries.
Obama, a product of Harvard Law school but also raised by a single mother and his grandparents in Indonesia and Hawaii, didn’t mention his likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney — but the Obama campaign and the White House have subtly been highlighting Romney’s wealth.
“Romney trying to say someone’s out of touch is a little difficult when he’s shopping for car elevators,” Obama’s campaign manager said recently, about Romney’s planned (and canceled) renovation of his La Jolla, Calif. home that included elevators for Romney’s cars.