Romney’s Search For A Poor Daddy
Rich daddy label doesn’t help in today's politics of 1 percenter versus 99 percenters, now there appears to be a serious effort by the GOP sure-to-be Presidential nominee Mitt Romney to find a poor daddy.
In a speech at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, last Wednesday, President Barack Obama defended his economic policies with a comment, “I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn't. But somebody gave us a chance.”
The President’s comment was meant to defend his policy against the GOP onslaught on public education. Just the other day Rick Santorum said at an Americans For Prosperity-sponsored tea party rally: “President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, What a snob!”
Yet, media twisted the President’s comment as “hard-to-miss shot at presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.” White House press secretary Jay Carney came to Obama’s defense reminding us that the President has “used the phrase many times to describe his background.” And indeed one can go back to candidate Obama days to find similar comments by him.
Why is this overt sensitivity on Romney’s part to that comment? Obviously, because he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. So he is on the search to find in his family if there was someone who was not born in the riches, and fortunately he didn’t have to travel back in time a lot.
In the local Lincoln Day dinner in this southern Pennsylvania community, Mitt Romney said, “My dad's dad went broke more than once. And my dad learned lessons about the importance of family and of faith and had a great and abiding affection for this country — lessons he taught me.”
According to the book The Real Romney, by two Boston Globe reporters, Romney's grandfather, Gaskell Romney, a carpenter lived an affluent life in a Mormon colony in Mexico. When Romney's father was born there, the family was wealthy.
So that’s it folks, that is the extent of poverty Mitt could find in his ancestral history. Oh poor Mitt!