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Michelle Obama on President’s Upbringing: He Knows Economic Struggles
ABC News ^ | September 30, 2011 | Devin Dwyer

Posted on 10/01/2011 11:25:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

First lady Michelle Obama says her husband deserves re-election not only for his first term accomplishments and vision for the future, but because of his genuine empathy for families dealing with tough economic times.

“He understands these issues, not just because he’s smart but because he’s lived them,” Obama told a group of 100 campaign donors at a $2,500-a-plate luncheon in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

“He was raised by a single mother who struggled to put herself through school and pay the bills. And when she needed help, who stepped in? His grandmother, waking up early every morning to take a bus to her job at the bank,” she said.

Michelle Obama said a young Barack Obama learned to understand the sacrifices his grandmother made in raising him and the prejudices she endured as a woman.

“Believe me, Barack knows what it means when a family struggles,” she said. “He knows what it means when someone doesn’t have a chance to fulfill their potential.”

The first lady said Obama’s upbringing has allowed him to identify with the stories of thousands of Americans who write to the president about their situations and speak with him personally at events around the county. She said those stories motivate him and influence his decisions in office...

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Is she actually serious?
1 posted on 10/01/2011 11:25:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, this is serious.
2 posted on 10/01/2011 11:30:38 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This explains everything now.
Because he lived in misery he now believes that the rest of us should


3 posted on 10/01/2011 11:31:02 PM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: ari-freedom

4 posted on 10/01/2011 11:31:32 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I bet she wearing her boob belt during this speech-that’s the only thing that would make sense for ‘miss fly off to spain’ with entourage of family and friends to a 5 - star hotel and jetting off to Copenhagen w/friends groveling for the Olympics to make their friends richer - all on our shirtless back.


5 posted on 10/01/2011 11:36:33 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: ari-freedom

Where’s that fly that usually hangs around him?


6 posted on 10/01/2011 11:38:11 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

Yeah kinda creepy that fly on his lip. AND HE DOESNT EVEN SWAT AT IT. Then he grabs a fly mid air in an interview. Then a rat runs across the front of his podium. Demonic comes to mind.


7 posted on 10/01/2011 11:46:33 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep. Times were tough back when he was born a poor child in Kenya.


8 posted on 10/01/2011 11:47:43 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“He was raised by a single mother who struggled to put herself through school and pay the bills. And when she needed help, who stepped in? His grandmother, waking up early every morning to take a bus to her job at the bank,” she said.

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Keeping the above statement in mind, could someone please explain to me again how Hawaiian teenager Obama---whose family seemed to be struggling financially, if we are to believe the statement above---was able to pay his expenses at private and selective Occidental College in California during the two years Obama was a student there.

For instance, did student loans pay for Obama's expenses for those two years? Thanks.

9 posted on 10/01/2011 11:53:08 PM PDT by john mirse
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To: john mirse

Not to mention his high school Punahou which is an exclusive private school that only the very well connected and rich get into.


10 posted on 10/01/2011 11:58:11 PM PDT by GrandmaPatriot
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To: ari-freedom

Looks more like demonic..


11 posted on 10/02/2011 12:05:50 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: ari-freedom

Looks more like demonic..


12 posted on 10/02/2011 12:06:39 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For a second there I thought I was reading the opening lines from Steve Martin’s Movie The Jerk.

“I was born a poor Black child”...

That left me waiting for another famous line from the Movie, “Son, don’t never, ever trust Whitey”.

Seems like something that would come from the Dear Leader’s Wife. After all, she is proud of her Country, now...


13 posted on 10/02/2011 1:18:49 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
'Michelle Obama on President’s Upbringing: He Knows Economic Struggles'

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

14 posted on 10/02/2011 1:50:42 AM PDT by Viking2002 (RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!!!)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Hmmmm ..
15 posted on 10/02/2011 2:01:58 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Viking2002

The only “economic struggles” that Obama has ever faced were those of an economic text book written by Saul Alinsky : Reveille for Radicals (1945) and Rules for Radicals (1971).

This President has expended more money hiding his formative years and academic background than any other President. Inquireing minds ask .. “why “ ??


16 posted on 10/02/2011 2:03:48 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Move Along ,... Nothing to see here ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too bad he doesn’t know what it means to have a real job. The gay do nothing president needs to be defeated.


17 posted on 10/02/2011 2:07:56 AM PDT by trailboss800
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hustling on the streets a rough way of life that prepares you to hate your country pretty fast. Yet, he still likes Bath houses!


18 posted on 10/02/2011 2:18:40 AM PDT by STD (Cut Taxes, Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: Donnafrflorida

Yes and don’t forget the swarm of bees as he tried to enter the WH! I’d like to know what we didn’t hear about!


19 posted on 10/02/2011 2:44:02 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No way she said.
he deserves re-election not only for his first term accomplishments.
BS yes.


20 posted on 10/02/2011 2:44:32 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who paid for Columbia? Who paid for Harvard? Who paid for the other places he was educated? Who bought his house in Chicago? Who gave him the lecturer job in Illinois? Who gave her that $300K job to try and keep poor people away from the University Medical Hospital? Who paid for everything he’s gotten?


21 posted on 10/02/2011 2:46:11 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What he knows isn't “economic struggles”. What he knows is gubmint as sugar daddy to his naive, lefty mommy.
22 posted on 10/02/2011 3:08:55 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The coming from the First Lady dubbed:


23 posted on 10/02/2011 3:37:46 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: Viking2002

LOL!
Buck the Ofamas and their horse sh%t stories.


24 posted on 10/02/2011 3:42:30 AM PDT by doc maverick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Enough! when do we get this election on the road


25 posted on 10/02/2011 3:43:36 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: john mirse

Not to mention step dad had a nice position in an oil company who’s duty was to entertain American oilmen. Now, you can’t live in squalor while hosting these bigwigs. Then there’s all the jetting back and forth between Indonesia and the US and wherever SADO was off to. And granny was the Vice President of the bank. Yeah, if that’s poverty, then sign me up.


26 posted on 10/02/2011 4:16:49 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Believe me, Barack knows what it means when a family struggles,” she said. “He knows what it means when someone doesn’t have a chance to fulfill their potential.”

These people string words together that have no foundation in the truth. Obama might know what it means to SEE struggle, but only because he observed others struggling, not his family. And as far as someone fulfilling their potential...well, his mother did exactly as and what she wanted; moved where she wanted; held jobs she wanted, and no one stood in her way. His grandmother held a good job with a bank and lived very well in Hawaii. And, of course, he went to the best schools, became a senator and now is the invader in our White House. Hardly seems there was a problem in his family with people fulfilling their potentials. (Although it is obvious and most finally agree that BO's potential was excessively over rated). So whatever Obama "knows" it is not from personal experience.

27 posted on 10/02/2011 4:22:58 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of the decline of the USA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, after being raised by a tranny nanny in Indonesia and dumped by his “mother” at age 10, Barry was raised in the mean streets of Punahou, Occidental, Columbia and Harvard,
while never working a day in his life - until being installed as a community organizer by rich white liberals, paying him with rich guilty liberal Foundation money.

Believe us, he knows the struggle.


28 posted on 10/02/2011 4:37:37 AM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: CitizenM

Just why doesn’t mooch-elle, the “worst” lady, just stfu? Does anyone care what this affirmative-action, equal-opportunity grifter has to say about anything? What a self-important boob.


29 posted on 10/02/2011 4:38:45 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Squeak. Squeak.


30 posted on 10/02/2011 4:41:11 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: hal ogen
I's like to kick her with $500. sneakers.

But she's so well-endowed, she wouldn't feel it.

31 posted on 10/02/2011 4:45:34 AM PDT by Daffynition (“There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord.” ~ Homer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“He was raised by a single mother who struggled to put herself through school and pay the bills. And when she needed help, who stepped in? His grandmother, waking up early every morning to take a bus to her job at the bank

So not the Government?


32 posted on 10/02/2011 4:51:45 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am already envisioning the Presidential debate with Herman Cain at the podium.

And while they’re at it, they can contrast the dreams of Herman Cain’s father to the current occupant’s.


33 posted on 10/02/2011 5:40:54 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: john mirse

Nobody knows the answers to your questions but thank you for axing.


34 posted on 10/02/2011 5:48:54 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin’ on the porch with my family, singin’ and dancin’ down in Mississippi.


35 posted on 10/02/2011 6:00:24 AM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: LMAO

The misery of a top private school and two Ivy League programs he wasn’t qualified for.


36 posted on 10/02/2011 6:02:40 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cut him some slack... in Dreams from My Father he admitted he couldn’t always afford cocaine.

“I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”


37 posted on 10/02/2011 6:07:04 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Far out, man. This is a dude that has a history. Nice.


38 posted on 10/02/2011 6:10:34 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

We know he sure as hell isn’t making the money he flits away at the golf courses he shuts down to play at.


39 posted on 10/02/2011 6:23:18 AM PDT by mcshot (The union label was once considered desirable but will now be avoided.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Michelle Obama on President’s Upbringing: He Knows Economic Struggles

Apparently he's a flipping expert, because now he's created economic struggles for most Americans where there was none before!

40 posted on 10/02/2011 6:23:18 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Am I the only one to see the hypocrisy of claiming to feel for people during tough economic times at a $2500 a plate dinner?


41 posted on 10/02/2011 6:28:05 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Graybeard58

http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1852/article_detail.asp

“....Nevertheless, because fully to know where anyone is going requires grasping whence he comes, let us open ourselves to wonder how, minus miracles, a 10-year-old boy without obvious talent who had lived in Indonesia since age six ends up with an eight-year scholarship to Hawaii’s most exclusive school; a scholarship to Occidental College; a transfer into Columbia University; acceptance into Harvard Law School, and editorship of its law review; and how he goes from job to prestigious job without apparently mastering any of the previous ones. No wonder some of Barack Obama’s supporters treat him as if he were anointed by an extraterrestrial power. “

.......................

His mother’s parents, who raised him, seem to have been cogs in the U.S. government’s well-heeled, well-connected machine for influencing the world, whether openly (”gray influence”) or covertly (”black operations”). His mother spent her life and marriages, and birthed her children, working in that machine. For paradigms of young Barack’s demeanor, proclivities, opinions, language, and attitudes one need look no further than the persons who ran the institutions that his mother and grandparents served—e.g., the Ford Foundation, the United States Information Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency—as well as his chosen mentors and colleagues.

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In sum, though the only evidence available is circumstantial, Barack Obama, Jr.’s mother, father, stepfather, grandmother, and grandfather seem to have been well connected, body and soul, with the U.S. government’s then extensive and well-financed trans-public-private influence operations.


42 posted on 10/02/2011 6:36:32 AM PDT by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>He Knows Economic Struggles,

Right. His white liberal activist [redacted] mother... who met his daddy whilst learning Russian... so deprived him of the finer things in life whilst she was a Useful Idiot for the Ford Foundation. Uhuh.

What about Subprime pioneer Penny Pritzker - did she “struggle” too, when she was financing his campaign?


43 posted on 10/02/2011 6:45:11 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: silverleaf

You really have a way with words!

Don’t forget his luxury visits to Pah-kee-stahn.


44 posted on 10/02/2011 6:46:26 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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>>Is she actually serious?

Yep. Series and Hugh!
45 posted on 10/02/2011 6:47:45 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: john mirse
Michelle Obama said a young Barack Obama learned to understand the sacrifices his grandmother made in raising him and the prejudices she endured as a woman ....And when she needed help, who stepped in? His grandmother, waking up early every morning to take a bus to her job at the bank,” she said.

He has an amazing memory to remember this. When he left for Indonesia, he was just 6 years and 2 days old.

When he retirned to Hawaii, his grandmother was vice-President of the bank. She also been VP of Mercer Island Bank, Washington from 1955, so her years as a lowly bank clerk in Hawaii after 1960 were probably short. Did I say he has an amazing memory?

46 posted on 10/02/2011 6:59:28 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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He was raised by a single mother who struggled to put herself through school and pay the bills. And when she needed help, who stepped in?

The Communist Party


47 posted on 10/02/2011 7:57:27 AM PDT by troy McClure
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Boy the $hit is getting deep here.


48 posted on 10/02/2011 8:06:15 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (Congress doesn't care a damn about "we the people")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeh his mother raised him til he was 10 and then dumped him on the grandparents and kept on truckin.


49 posted on 10/02/2011 8:26:20 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

He remembers his rasist grandmother acting like a typical white person expressing fears of being harrassed by black dudes at the bus stop.

He remembers his grandma living in guarded seclusion during his campaign

He remembers his grandmother’s death (no comment)

He remembers the way he managed to squeeze in a memorial service for his grandma as part of his Christmas vacay


50 posted on 10/02/2011 9:03:15 AM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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