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Obama: College Debt ‘Not Something I Read About in Briefing Book’
ABCNews ^ | April 24, 2012

Posted on 04/24/2012 10:53:32 PM PDT by Steelfish

By Devin Dwyer

Apr 24, 2012 Obama: College Debt ‘Not Something I Read About in Briefing Book’

BOULDER, Colo. — President Obama tonight cast himself as a champion of an affordable college education and drew a veiled contrast with Republican rival Mitt Romney in a speech before an electrified crowd at the University of Colorado.

Calling a college education the “best tool you have to achieve the American promise,” Obama made the case to the crowd of 10,800 students that he best understands the challenges of earning a degree. We “didn’t come from well-to-do backgrounds. We didn’t have famous families,” the president said of his upbringing and that of his wife, Michelle Obama.

“But it wasn’t just that we worked hard, it was that somebody made an investment in us. That’s what America did for us,” he said.

Though he never mentioned presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney by name, Obama was keen to underscore that he did not come from a prominent family with a significant wealth.

“Michelle and I — we know about this first-hand,” Obama said of the struggle to manage student debt. “This is not something I read about in a briefing book. This is not something abstract to us. We’ve been in your shoes.”

The president is lobbying Congress to extend current interest rates on federal Stafford loans, which are set to double, by law, on July 1st. More than 7 million college students would face an average $1,000 hike in their payments per year if the extension is not passed, the administration says.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obamastudentloans; studentloans

1 posted on 04/24/2012 10:53:36 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
As I recall, Obama has never released the records on his student loans.

Now that he's made a campaign issue of it, will the MSM ask to see them?

2 posted on 04/24/2012 10:57:33 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Steelfish
I imagine Gov. Romney probably worked his way through college, something that is no doubt foreign to Mr. Obama and his ilk.
3 posted on 04/24/2012 11:15:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I WORKED my way through college, sometimes with three jobs at once. That, and 4 years of the Air Force let me graduate with NO DEBT.

It meant I missed out on the Thursady thru Saturday parties, football games,etc, but I didn’t owe anything.

Can you just IMAGINE the hate crime it would be to ask a kid to do that, today?


4 posted on 04/24/2012 11:20:26 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Romney had two or three kids to support by the end of law/business school.


5 posted on 04/24/2012 11:22:09 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Steelfish

He’s so slimy, but sooooo good! He grew up in Hawaii, raised by very well to do grandparents and went to the most elite private school west of the rockies. What a liar, but like I said, he is good!! What a perfect manchurian candidate, the time was right after years of vapid public education had made a populace of stupid people, ready for such empty rhetoric and goodies from government, and the cherry on top was a black guy to assuage white guilt! touché, dems!


6 posted on 04/24/2012 11:28:51 PM PDT by punditwannabe
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To: All

Obama: College Debt ‘Not Something I Read About in Briefing Book’

Maybe it wuz a teleprompter?


7 posted on 04/24/2012 11:51:32 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Steelfish
But it wasn’t just that we worked hard, it was that somebody made an investment in us.

Translation: Moochelle and I never had a real job and somebody mysteriously financed most of our education.

8 posted on 04/24/2012 11:56:43 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Steelfish

Calling a college education the “best tool you have to achieve the American promise,”

?????

so...
i pay for my own college...
graduate...
work 100 hr weeks for years on end...
and once i ‘make it’...

i’m vilified and, forced under threat of violence, to give 50% of every waking moment to the federal government (and an additional 10% to the state if i live in CA)

gee, what a wonderful ‘promise’. work your ass off... so you can be enslaved ‘for the greater good’ if you prove yourself able to pay for all the leeching asshats

just awesome.

not just no... HELL NO

get your commie / marxist/ progressive bullsh*t out of my country, you freakin half wit


9 posted on 04/25/2012 12:16:07 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten
All I know is on a Lark, Moochie applied to Harvard Law with a C average and when there on Student loans and was disbarred.

I think Obama is also disbarred

Sherriff Joe claims the wealthy Ayers family paid for Obama's education

I heard a wealthy Saudi paid for his education know as a foreign student.

So they my know Moochie's loans were at college but if I am Roomey I would demand Obama's records sense he has made a issue of it. Like any good defense Attorney Obama opened the door on the issue.

10 posted on 04/25/2012 1:02:42 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: zeestephen

“As I recall, Obama has never released the records on his student loans.”

My thoughts exactly! We’re all just supposed to take his word on everything he says. The ‘Liar in Chief’ has spoken.

Our response? SHOW US THE RECORDS!!!!


11 posted on 04/25/2012 1:03:09 AM PDT by ThirstyMan
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To: zeestephen

Zer0 never had to work his way through school. It’s all B.S. from this compulsive liar. he was a pampered lazy S.O.B. with arrogance.

I believe his most undistinguished law career was with Sidley Austin in Chicago.
he spent most of his time working on his memoirs! Unreal, a junior lawyer
spent company time writing his memoirs?

No doubt a minority placement.

From his great legal career, (?) he went on to be a community organizer. The rest we know.

Piss poor resume’ but the 53% loved him..


12 posted on 04/25/2012 1:05:30 AM PDT by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: Steelfish

We “didn’t come from well-to-do backgrounds. We didn’t have famous families,”...

-he lived with his grandparents, his grandmother was a bank officer and probably in the employ of the government, he “somehow” got a full multi-year scholarship to a premier private school, then on to college on someone’s tab. And an unexceptional student all the while.

Now he passes hisseff off as po’ foke, oh Lawdy...

How did *he* pay off his student loans screwing around as a “community organizer”, adjunct college instructor, etc? Did he have any? This guy lies like other people breathe.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 2:32:04 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: sten

“... Calling a college education the “best tool you have to achieve the American promise,” ?????...”

-and what “American Promise”? There is no promise, he just concocted that. His idea of the American way is all of us pulling together like some pack of Reds on a ridiculous Maoist poster.

Keep repeating “American Promise” and sooner or later people will think there really is such a thing.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 2:37:16 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: 4buttons

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I believe he got that because as they say in the ‘hood “He could ball” Led the P-school to the Hawai’i State Championship IIRC.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 2:53:49 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14

that’s a prep school- he “led” the team? he went there from the age of ten or eleven.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 3:01:36 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: punditwannabe
This is easily countered. All that has to be pointed out is that 1 out of every 2 new graduates can't find a job. Then counter with the question “Why is education becoming so expensive - with costs increasing much faster than inflation?” Then point out how much the endowments are at many universities, and how they are often not paying taxes because they are ‘not-profit’. Paint them as the ‘1%’.
17 posted on 04/25/2012 3:12:07 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Steelfish

American higher education - as affordable and useful as the Chevy Volt, thanks to government meddling.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 3:12:17 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: 4buttons

the ‘promise of America’ is found in the Constitution

a land of laws and contracts.

a society based on merit... not race, religion, gender or preference. everyone given an equal shot. no guarantees... just a shot, you have to make the best of it. if you screw up and get hosed, then it’s up to the generosity and compassion of your fellow citizens, not the government, if you need a hand up.

a college education was not part of the promise.

of course, part of that promise is that you wouldn’t be beholding to government officials to pay for their constituents. if that were the case, and it’s not evenly applied, then the promise is broken.

either EVERYONE pays 50% tax... or NO ONE should

progressive taxes allow them to set up the class warfare bs

screw them. it’s all unConstitutional, not that anyone cares anymore


19 posted on 04/25/2012 3:45:20 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: zeestephen

I thought some Saudi prince paid for Obama’s college.

How did he get in college anyway. What were his scores?

He went to two of the most expensive colleges in this country, somebody paid for it.Whie he was there he took a trip around the world. Who paid for that?


20 posted on 04/25/2012 3:53:03 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
...”This is easily countered. All that has to be pointed out is that 1 out of every 2 new graduates can't find a job. Then counter with the question “Why is education becoming so expensive - with costs increasing much faster than inflation?” Then point out how much the endowments are at many universities, and how they are often not paying taxes because they are ‘not-profit’. Paint them as the ‘1%’”...

You state facts which average people should be aware of..Unfortunately, we now have a majority which does not even know how a government should work or what freedom really means to a nation and it's citizens. The left, it seems, constantly uses Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” who want revolution. If conservatives do not fight fire with fire, they will be toast. Your post is about education but the problem of distortion and lying on the left applies to all our problems.

21 posted on 04/25/2012 4:10:29 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: ThirstyMan

Exactly, Obama broughtt up the topic to use as a politic
talking point. Now he should show his full records.

The MSM is pathetic. Mabe a British paper or Pravda will insist he show the records since he purposefully made it an issue.


22 posted on 04/25/2012 4:12:02 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
This is easily countered. All that has to be pointed out is that 1 out of every 2 new graduates can't find a job. Then counter with the question “Why is education becoming so expensive - with costs increasing much faster than inflation?” Then point out how much the endowments are at many universities, and how they are often not paying taxes because they are ‘not-profit’. Paint them as the ‘1%’.

The problem is that it won't be countered. The Romney campaign will either wet themselves and hide under a desk, or they'll lamely respond that Mittens cares about students as shown by his endorsement of extending student loan subsidies.

It's going to be another campaign where the RINOs make sure they don't upset anyone while getting their heads cracked on an hourly basis. All those geniuses like Mary Matalin and Karl Rove are going to finish the damage done by McCain.

23 posted on 04/25/2012 4:16:10 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

May 2012 will be the fourth graduating class on his watch to graduate to no jobs. I can’t believe he has the audacity to continue to push his “hope” plan on these students.


24 posted on 04/25/2012 4:21:31 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Steelfish
Mr. Obama, WHO really paid for YOUR college experience?

How did you really get into Columbia and Harvard?

If you want to play the "college" card, we can play it as well.

Mr. Obama, release those transcripts!

25 posted on 04/25/2012 4:30:18 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: Steelfish

I worked as many hours as I enrolled in but I had more energy then


26 posted on 04/25/2012 4:35:42 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Jess Kitting

He borrowed money and when elected state senator, his puppeteers paid off the loans while providing the wookie a $300k seldom show job


27 posted on 04/25/2012 4:36:22 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Steelfish

To pay for one degree I worked three jobs and as anyone who ever went through the process remembers it seemed like I paid for ever! When it was finally paid off I was surprised it was over.


28 posted on 04/25/2012 4:55:02 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Steelfish

After blowing a saudi prince, he paid all of your havaad bills... so what personal debt are you talking about sparky?

LLS


29 posted on 04/25/2012 4:56:41 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Pray hard and often!)
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To: Steelfish
Obama (Ayres really) left out the details of this crushing debt in Dreams From My Father. (Or if it was mentioned in there, I do not recall it.)

ML/NJ

30 posted on 04/25/2012 6:04:04 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Steelfish
“This is not something I read about in a briefing book.

Which briefing book is that?

Oh, right. Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals".

31 posted on 04/25/2012 6:06:50 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Steelfish

I’m sure the NYT, in their born again effort to practice professional journalism, will give us a exhaustive accounting of the oppressive Obama student loans.


32 posted on 04/25/2012 6:16:23 AM PDT by mom.mom
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To: jazzlite
You state facts which average people should be aware of..Unfortunately, we now have a majority which does not even know how a government should work or what freedom really means to a nation and it's citizens.

WHY don't we have a Conservative channel on all the networks? Forget this fair and balanced stuff. If we have a channel that says it is Conservative than we don't have to play the fair and balanced game. If kept really Conservative it would become big, as people would find themselves watching it. We act like we are so poor and cannot afford anything such as a Conservative channel. That is ridiculous! People would learn the things that they need to know about politics if we had a truly Conservative channel.

33 posted on 04/25/2012 7:11:44 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: jazzlite
You state facts which average people should be aware of..Unfortunately, we now have a majority which does not even know how a government should work or what freedom really means to a nation and it's citizens.

WHY don't we have a Conservative channel on all the networks? Forget this fair and balanced stuff. If we have a channel that says it is Conservative than we don't have to play the fair and balanced game. If kept really Conservative it would become big as people would find themselves watching it. We act like we are so poor and cannot afford anything such as a Conservative channel. That is ridiculous! People would learn the things that they need to know about politics if we had a Conservative channel.

34 posted on 04/25/2012 7:12:19 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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