The Obama Record


On the evening he won the Democratic Party’s presumptive nomination for president, Barack Obama spoke from St. Paul, Minnesota. In the early portion of his remarks, Obama pointed to the upcoming GOP Convention in St. Paul, and the head of the ticket, John McCain:

In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St. Paul with a very different agenda. They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically. I honor that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine. My differences with him are not personal; they are with the policies he has proposed in this campaign.

I emphasized that particular line because, as I listened to the speech, I was struck by his apparent sensitivity to his own record of “accomplishments”, or lack thereof. It does make one wonder how he could take offense to his opponent’s lack of familiarity with said record when even his staunch supporters are unaware of the same. This video is from a few weeks ago on Chris Matthews’ show.

One paragraph of his speech that has received little scrutiny deals with the government school program:

And maybe if he spent some time in the schools of South Carolina or St. Paul or where he spoke tonight in New Orleans, he’d understand that we can’t afford to leave the money behind for No Child Left Behind; that we owe it to our children to invest in early childhood education; to recruit an army of new teachers and give them better pay and more support; to finally decide that in this global economy, the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American. That’s the change we need in America. That’s why I’m running for president.

So, an Obama Administration would seek to become intimately involved in the hiring process of local school districts, and guarantee a college degree for all comers. I mean, how else can you look at that paragraph?

I suppose that after struggling mightily to pay for a college education for my children for the past half decade, being told by Obama that our personal sacrifice is some kind of privilege reserved for the “wealthy few” truly sticks in my gizzard. It also shows just how out of touch this liberal populist is with the millions of Americans who go about their daily business, seldom complaining, paying their taxes, and keeping their collective noses to the grindstone.

And, as Mrs. Nuke and I begin to see the light at the end of the financial tunnel, instead of being proud of our children and their academic achievements, balancing part-time jobs with full class loads, and feeling a warm sense of accomplishment of getting through the college money pit, Obama insists that we should instead feel guilty, that our efforts are not only unappreciated, but the result of being part of a “privileged few.”

What a jerk.

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23 Responses

  1. Obama would appear to be the “privileged few” he is talking about.

  2. You tell that jerky-boy, nuke.
    Kimberley Strassel explains what we have learned about B-HO.

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  4. If u can afford to send your kids to college then yes you are much better off then many who cant! The message isnt to be ashamed hell no be proud of your contribution. but it does mean that some people who deserve to go to college but cant afford it deserve the chance without mortgaging their future!

  5. Who said I haven’t mortgaged to afford college for my children? I’ve not only borrowed, but skrimped, and busted my tail to get them over the hump. You simply haven’t lived long enough to understand the meaning of your words.

    I have a question for you. Can you name someone that you know personally who “deserves” to go to college but for some reason is unable to fill out a FAFSA?

    There is a tremendous amount of money out there for lower income families. But, you gotta do the leg work and the paperwork.

    Unfortunately for us, we’re solidly middle class, and ineligble for any type of aid with the exception on an unsubsidized, non-deferred loan.

    I ain’t complaining. I wouldn’t trade my income for the right to qualify for government aid.

    Give me a break.

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  7. Nuke, I think that’s his point. Barack is saying that he wants college to be EASILY accessable for all Americans. You yourself have been put into a harsh situation because you’re too poor to pay for it in cash and too rich to get subsidized loans. The reason you probably aren’t getting any aid is because the Bush Administration has cut ais to college students by over 40% during his seven and a half years in charge. All Barack wants to do is make it more accessable for all Americans, especially those that fall in your middle bracket. I myself got through college by borrowing money and am still paying it back. I didn’t have the privaledge of parents that could help out with the costs. I applaud you for helping your children, but there are many in this country that don’t have that. For them, college is a fantasy. Filling out the FAFSA is not an assured way to get loans and grants.

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  10. There seems to be no pride in doing it yourself anymore. College is not a right, it’s a privilege. If you can give your children that gift, it has to give you great pride. If you don’t give a sh!t, tell them to get welfare, and vote for Bambi.

  11. I paid my way through college by using the GI bill, and working. I never even looked at a loan application, or asked my family for a dime. It was my responsibility, and no one else’s.
    I look at how many now that wash out in the first year, and they didn’t belong in college in the first place, and it isn’t for everybody.
    I’ve met numerous people that are self made success stories, and they never considered going to college, just working hard, and planning carefully.
    The other thing is, why are so many universities raising their fees when their endowments are sometimes in the billions of dollars. Many universities could offer free tuition to all their students for years, and never be in trouble financially. Why should the taxpayers fund college for any person?

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  15. Um, hello. I didn’t come from a privileged background (nor did SwampMan), and we paid/worked our OWN way through college without benefit of any student loans.

    *The GI bill helps.

  16. It do, don’t it?
    Mine paid the rent, while working paid for everything else.

  17. You know, Nuke – I think in reading this I finally figured out what bugs me so much about this guy – it’s just his flat out, utter arrogance. He is entitlement personified and his references to chosen few, etc. is ironic since he is such a lib elitist himself. Clearly, he has no idea that hard working American families find ways to send their kids to college whether through savings, partial scholarships for academic excellence, working extra jobs or combination of same. And he has no idea because he can’t be bothered with the details. Sorry, but he and his wife are simply the uppity black version of the Clintons, IMO.
    WC

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  19. It is not the TAXPAYORS responsibility to send other peoples kids to college.

    It is not the TAXPAYORS responsibility to pay your hospitial bills.

    It is not the TAXPAYORS responsibility to put food on your table.

    It is not the TAXPAYORS responsibility to pay for your housing.

    It is not the TAXPAYORS responsibility to give you your welfare checks.

    LESS DAMN GOVT DAMNIT!

    Close your legs, get an education, and stop whining “entitlement”. Work your way through school just like the rest of us. Buy your own grocerys, just like the rest of us!

    Taxes are suppose to be for NATIONAL SECURITY ONLY!

    Cut all ‘entitlement’ benefits, and force the lazy ass people to get a freaking job. Do away with instant welfare, food stamps, and medical benefits to teens that drop out of highschool just to get pregnant!

    What the hell is wrong with this country??

    Remember when it was a “SHAME” to receive a handout?

    Stop crying equal rights when you dont equally share in paying your fair share of taxes!

    Time for freeloaders to grow up! Time for LESS GOVERNMENT!

    Time for America to be America and NOT Red Cross!

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