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Obama: Middle Class Families “Struggling to Get By”

President Obama Wednesday evening sounded almost like he was delivering a Republican attack ad against himself, asserting that the middle class remains in an economic bind four years into his presidency and singing the praises of George W. Bush.

Obama spoke during a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Dallas:

Middle-class families all across America are struggling to get by.  And things have stabilized since the crisis in 2008, but for a lot of folks, they’re still just barely keeping their heads above water.  There are millions of kids across this country who are still poorly educated or malnourished, or don’t have any place to go outside of school.

Obama during the campaign of course sought to minimize problems the country was having. But his remarks last night were made in a very different context – designed to create a sense of urgency among donors that tasks remain to be done and money is needed to turn the House Democratic so Obama can achieve his remaining agenda.

Instead of blaming Bush for bequeathing him a terrible legacy, Obama praised his predecessor.

President Bush loves this country and loves its people and shared that same concern and was concerned about all people in America, not just some, not just those who voted Republican.  I think that’s true about him and I think that’s true about most of us.

Again, Obama’s perspective shifted based on the context of his remarks: he knew that the next day – today –  he would come face to face with the man he has repeatedly held responsible for America’s ugly state of affairs, attending the dedication of the Bush presidential library.

The fundraiser included about  60 guests who paid from $10,000 to $32,400 for dinner with Obama at the fundraiser, which was held at the home of Naomi Aberly, a top Democratic bundler, and her husband Laurence Lebowitz, a hedge fund investor.

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31 Responses to Obama: Middle Class Families “Struggling to Get By”

  1. He couldn’t very well spend the evening blaming America’s problems on the “One Per Cent”, now could he?

    Do you think he used the podium to assail hedge fund managers for paying less taxes than their secretaries — like he does?

  2. If only he would reaiize that HIS policies are what makes things difficult for the middle class. And after noting how hard it is on the middle class, he then goes on to say we need to spend more. Guess who will pay for that?

  3. Assuming that the guests MrO was addressing are “comfortable” enough to give up tens of thousands of dollars for political purposes, why would he think they would care about the dire straits of the middle class? This audience would be more interested in the state of their stock portfolio and the ups or downs of the stock market.

    The state of the middle class, and the “poorly educated or malnourished” children are the result of 8 years of dimwitted, over-regulated programs and laws from the Dem majority in Congress. It’s his problem, and he and his minions are responsible for the malaise of the people and the poor economy .

    aside;
    the teacher’s union and MrsO might take exception to his remarks.

  4. He could help by not signing an internet tax bill when it comes across his desk, but I guess that wouldn’t be “fair” to states, and “fairness” matters.

  5. President Bush loves this country and loves its people and shared that same concern and was concerned about all people in America, not just some, not just those who voted Republican. I think that’s true about him and I think that’s true about most of us.

    SNIP
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    How in the world did he say that with a straight face?

    From a survey by OfA after the election:

    Those taking the survey are asked to identify which constituency group they belonged to. Among the choices were African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Jewish Americans, Native Americans and LGBT members.

    However, there is not similar box for “white” despite other ethnicities being mentioned. While there is a box for “women” males are not listed as a constituency for the campaign.

    SNIP

    Last year, The New York Times reported that the Democratic party had appeared to abandon white middle class voters.

    “For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.

    SNIP

    http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/?p=21646

  6. It’s the Limbaugh theorem in action. In an effort to distance himself from the carnage he is creating, he perpetually campaigns against it. Just like his fellow totalitarians Chavez and Castro – the revolution is a never ending campaign…

  7. This man would not know a whit about middle class life if they put him on WIFE SWAP to live in the burbs for a week. Has he ever eaten my daily lunch treat of ramen? Is he going to duke it out today with some opportunist from Craigslist who didn’t actually fix my fence, just propped it for $200–and I could not walk far enough to check his work? Will he go to the mall and find his favorite store gone? Does the president have a clue about everyday life? Bah! As for saying brittle, insincere things about Bush–oh, whatever. Too late!

  8. […] “Middle-class families all across America are struggling to get by.  And things have stabilized since the crisis in 2008, but for a lot of folks, they’re still just barely keeping their heads above water.  There are millions of kids across this country who are still poorly educated or malnourished, or don’t have any place to go outside of school.”  -Barack Obama    LINK […]

  9. We all will be struggling even more if this outrageous legislation passes–please, please, contact your Reps/Senators and tell them NO NEW TAXES!

    “Congress Prepares $100 Million Bipartisan Flu Tax”
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/congress-prepares-100-million-bipartisan-flu-tax_719108.html

    So no they are going to punish us for taking care of ourselves; how many folks “MUST” get a flu shot to maintain their health/so that they don’t become extremely sick and for protecting themselves they are going to be “taxed”????

  10. The rich Dumocrats donors needn’t worry. Their money will be refunded from the Fed and Administrations pork projects.
    $10,000 to set with this fool. God help them from Hell.

  11. […] – ObamaCare [Affordable Care Act] – a program that was originally initiated by Hillary Clinton and became obsession with BH Obama in his first term was supposed to be not one dime to the deficit or even more fantastic only cost the “rich” in terms of taxation, et cetera is now a train wreck according to Senator Harry Reid. Typical of the democratic-socialist party, Reid, Obama and associates see problems as the behemoth social program is costing far more than they told the American people, and with hidden aspects that will hurt everyone – blames it on the Republicans who did not vote for the law. Obama promised to protect the Middle Class from over taxation, but he lied about that also as we can see real world results. […]