In a sign he possibly needs to get out more, President Obama asserted in an interview broadcast Sunday that bank tellers had vanished from the face of the earth, saying their absence is an example of how the new economy has eliminated low-end jobs and heightened inequality.
Obama made the odd remark during an interview with ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos.
“If you look at the data, a couple of things are creating these trends,” Obama said of the growing gap between the rich and the poor. ”Technology: if you go to a lot of companies now, they’ve eliminated entire occupations because they’re now robotized,” he said. “We don’t have travel agents. We don’t have bank tellers.”
But as anyone who has been to a bank recently has surely noticed, we do in fact have bank tellers. Plenty of them. But it’s probably a safe bet that in at least the four and a half years since he’s been president, Obama hasn’t been to a bank.
It’s not the first time the the self-proclaimed “warrior for the middle class” has revealed he might be out of touch with the daily lives people he purports to empathize with so closely. During a September 2010 stop in Philadelphia, the president tried to pay for four apples with a dollar.