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Romney, Obama Battle Over Who’s The Average Joe

March 2, 2012 by  

Romney, Obama Battle Over Who’s The Average Joe

Seizing the 99 percent zeitgeist, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are increasingly trying to appeal to blue collar Americans as an alternative to the perceived Gordon Gekko persona of GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney.

According to The Hill, Obama has used recent speeches to peddle himself as a regular guy talking about such things as having trouble paying off his student loans and his care for families with tight budgets.

“I got my start standing with working folks who’d lost their jobs, folks who had lost their hope because the steel plants had closed down,” Obama said during a speech Tuesday. “I didn’t like the idea that they didn’t have anybody fighting for them. The same reason I got into this business is the same reason I’m here today.”

Republicans say that it is unlikely that anyone believes Obama is a regular guy, considering he spends a great deal of time rubbing elbows with Hollywood elite and hosting campaign dinners where plates are sold for thousands of dollars.

Media, in recent months, have attacked Romney for comments (sometimes taken out of context) about his wealth, including his comment about his wife’s two Cadillacs, assertion that he “likes being able to fire people,” saying he “isn’t concerned about the very poor” and his infamous $10,000 debate bet with Rick Perry. The candidate, in an attempt to portray himself as a NASCAR fan, asserted this week that he has several friends who own NASCAR teams.

Financial filing reports show that both Romney and Obama are favored by wealthy campaign contributors far more than any of the other 2012 Presidential contenders. A separate report by The Hill shows that Romney and Obama both receive hefty contributions from wealthy backers who also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying to alter Federal legislation.

A poll conducted by CNN and ORC earlier this month shows that most Americans have a clear belief about which candidate most favors the middle class in the United States: 52 percent said Ron Paul, 28 percent said Romney and 40 percent said Obama.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    From what I can see, neither Romama nor Obamney are close to being ‘average.’ You’ll find a better choice in a phone book.
    You could say Mutt is a typical ‘Republican’ plant. You could say the prez combines the most twisted philosophical and economic theories any prez ever had. “Choice” does NOT apply with this duo.

    • JimH

      Obama’s idea of “fighting” for the guy who got laid off is to give them more government(tax payer) money. Not make a business friendly attmoshere and get him back to work.
      I doubt either one knows what it is like to be laid off.

      • Karolyn

        Well, actually, OPbama had periods of time when he was young when he had no job and did struggle; so he must have some concept if he experienced it.

      • JimH

        And his solution was government should save him. Not that we should have a business and job friendly environment.

      • Sirian

        Karolyn,
        When do you suppose he actually struggled? Was he married and had two kids, a mortgage, car payment, etc. to worry with? If he had had to “struggle” then how did he manage to go to school at three major universities? They are far from being cheap – wouldn’t you agree? He never had to live a life of struggling from paycheck to paycheck as so many millions have and are. He may of never had a job when he was young which of course raises the question of “WHY NOT”? Most kids do, don’t they? You included. So that is a very poor stance to take. Think it over some more.

      • Ted Crawford

        Karolyn;
        He’s never been involved in the private sector. From his birth to a Government employee through his time as a community organizer to today, he’s never created a net positive to the Treasury, just the opposite his whole life he’s found ways to drain the Treasury!

      • Ted Crawford

        In an interesting aside, in this, his latest job, he’s really out done himself! By sometime in September or early October, he will have drained between $5.2 and $5.4 Trillion from the Treasury! What a wonderful achievement that will be!

  • Kris

    go get ‘em Mitt Romney!

    • eddie47d

      Cannibalize a few more companies Romney and take your vulture capitalism profits to the Cayman Islands where you hide the rest of your loot.

      • Wendell

        The only cannibals I know edd47d, are you and about 40,000,000 other whinney liberals that are living off the backs of the taxpayers in this country.

      • s c

        ‘E,’ where do you think Obummer will stash his vulture capitalism profits? Someone needs to invent a term that means ‘beyond clueless’ for you and people like you.
        The look on your face will be priceless when reality sinks into that granite head of yours, comrade. Generational ignorance and stupidity are NOT assets, e. They never were, and they will never be, either.

      • eddie47d

        SC must have a joint account with Romney on the Caymans That would be more your style COMRADE! or didn’t you notice by slamming me you openly endorsed Mitt. You are such a pathetic troll. Is it his account you get paid out of to be on this blog?

      • Buster

        Yes or refuse the Keystone Pipeline and buy more oil fromHugo….oh that was obama…never mind.

  • Patriot1776

    The obamas as an average family? Hawaii vacations, Spain, Africa, ski trips, all of his cronies… yea, he’s the average guy fighting for us middle class working folks. Keeping jobs out of America, raising fuel prices, hiking taxes, devaluing the dollar so that no matter how much we earn, we still end up with less. That’s our president.

  • Karolyn

    When Romney makes his stupid comments, he comes across as a real dolt. The fact is Romney came from money, while Obama did not. It really doesn’t matter anyway because no politicians really know what it’s like these days for us peons.

    • Ted Crawford

      We keep hearing that “Obama had no money” yet, it’s claimed, he attended Harvard! I believe that the cost of that is at least more than 5 or10 Dollars. I wonder how that could happen? We’ll never know of course, as the man has spent somewhere between $1 and $2 Million to hide the details. In fact, again it’s claimed, he was the Editor of the Harvard Law Review, the only Editor in it’s history to NEVER be published. Wonder why?

      • s c

        Ted, in crime and politics, someone who has things to HIDE can’t afford publicity. Don’t rule out the possibility that
        when it was time for Obummer to haunt the halls of Haavid, a HUGE, off-the-record ‘donation’ was made.
        Since then, you could say that layers of ‘created facts’ surround him. Only masters and retarded jockstrappers would have a reason to ignore the issue. It’s a ‘take or leave it’ approach.
        Obummer has gone out of his way to surround himself with czars, wannabe criminals and sociopaths. It’s crime and politics, or you could say FDR II.

      • Buster

        He rode the government dime, just like he is now.

  • Doc Sarvis

    While none of the current candidates to be our next President, Republican or Democrat, is a “regular guy” I can’t fathom how anyone would identify more with Romney vs. Obama. I don’t know that we ever had a “regular guy” as President and I doubt most of us want that. We want someone who rises above the rest in various important ways. Unfortunately, that has often translated to those who have more money to throw at his opponent. While Mitt Romney wins on that measure (by far), President Obama is far more able to identify with “regular” guys and gals.

    • eddie47d

      Abe Lincoln was a regular guy who rose from the ranks and was once a hero. Now he is trashed as a destroyer of America. Jimmy Carter came from humble beginnings, served his country and held strong religious beliefs. Yet he is also trashed as weak and indecisive. Regular guys won’t be respected anymore than rich charlatans using daddy’s money such as G Bush. It’s going to be difficult trying to find an all American down to earth President yet Romney sure isn’t it either. Romney will never be a ordinary Joe and would be better suited as the manager of a country club. Obama has shaped up and is very personable but issues like NDAA are troublesome. You can’t be a champion of civil rights and allow laws to pass that could take away those rights.

      • TML

        Ed says, “It’s going to be difficult trying to find an all American down to earth President”

        Pay no attention to the elephant in the room

        “most Americans have a clear belief about which candidate most favors the middle class in the United States: 52 percent said Ron Paul”

      • Vigilant

        eddie, during my lifetime you could count those who started out with humble beginnings as follows: Truman, Eisenhower, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Obama. Those with the silver spoon in their mouth were Kennedy and the Bushes. All served in the military except Clinton and Obama.

        It’s a mixed bag as to the results. I don’t know that there’s a hard and fast relationship between wealth (or lack of) and an appreciation for the common folk. Makes for political theater and that’s about all.

    • Ted Crawford

      “President Obama is far more able to identify with “regular” guys and gals” ? You base this assumption on WHAT? I’m a retired Union Construction Worker and I find that I have Absolutely NOTHING in common with him!!

      • Doc Sarvis

        Well he is pro-union.

        He also spent a lot of time helping folks in poor neighborhoods in Chicago when he was starting out. Prior to that, as a young man he had very humble circumstances.

      • Ted Crawford

        Yes he did Doc. He taught them, not how to become more productive, or more employable, or more responsible. What he taught them was how to leech even more from the Treasury!

      • Doc Sarvis

        Ted Crawford
        From my reading I understand that he was helping folks on the margins of society to be more politically active and prideful in their community.

      • Ted Crawford

        Appearently Doc, you believe that the Pope is a Baptist!

      • Doc Sarvis

        Not at all.

      • eddie47d

        Is it true Ted that Republicans always want poor people around so they can continue to have a cheap labor force? If not then why don’t they advocate for improving their lot in life.

      • Buster

        Ted, your post opened the idiot door!

    • Buster

      LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL……Regular guy like Hugo? He gave this “regular guy” our iol business.

  • JimH

    Even if money to run for office wasn’t an issue, I think the “Average Joe” is smart enough to NOT want the job. We won’t ever have an Average Joe as President. It just isn’t in our nature.

    • Jim S

      I’d take the job and I’m an average guy. I think I have the knowledge and experience to take it, as I’m sure many other average guys out there do. However, we won’t have an average guy for 2 reasons. 1) The money factor you mentioned. You have to have money to campaign. How many average guys could quit their job and go campaigning for a year or two? And, you have to have connections to raise the big money it takes to campaign. Most of us average guys don’t have those connections. 2) Most of us average guys have history that the media would just love to get on the front page. We didn’t go through life being perfect like Obie or Mittens. We made our mistakes and many are much wiser because of them. But, we all know the press doesn’t care about what a candidate can do for their country now, it’s about what they can dig up on you from 30 or 40 years ago that they can use to smear your good name and destroy you.

      • s c

        Jim S, you are quite right about the potential of accumulated ‘information’ that is to be used at a later date. The idea that ANY government would spend serious money or time accumulating such info is PROOF that plans were made long ago to USE that information when it becomes “convenient.”
        A government that would do such a thing is a true ravening wolf in disguise. Their constant fear of the 2nd Amendment is our #1 insurance policy, Jim S.

      • JimH

        JimS, I guess if you have a limo driver, you won’t have that embarassing DUI.
        I still don’t get why anyone would want that job though.

  • Ted Crawford

    Let’s see here, Obama was born to a Government employee, self discribed Communist mother and raised by her and two, part time fathers both of which were of foreign origin and also Communist. During the bulk of Obama’s formative years he was raised in Islamic, far left countries.
    Romney was born to a family that were business people and politicians. I fail to see where either one of these men have very much in common with “Working Class America!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Branded969 Vic Bailey

      Romney’s father was born in mexico, which means that he isn’t qualified to run for president either. His grandfather ran to merxico when they were being ridculed for being Mormons. That makes his Dad a foreigner! Semper Fi.

  • TIME

    The term one needs to understand is; {What & who is a person of SERVITUDE,} until one can understand who that is, saddly this is little more than more rhetoric of the same old, same old.

    Just for the record, unless your within the 13 bloodlines, or one of thier TOOLS, you would fit the above profile.

    Peace and Love

  • Average Joe

    I’ll settle the question…I am Average Joe….therefore…Obammy ant Mutt can’t possibly be. :)

    • TML

      LoL

  • Alleyway Al

    Our country is in a sad state of being, I honestly don’t see a free US for very long in the future,it may be 5 years or 25 years , but the freedoms and liberties that people 45 and older experienced growing up will be long gone……stock up on water and ammo…. fight for your life as long as you can….. wake up chldren you life depends on it. The stone age is coming back.

    • Buster

      The wonderful thing about obama….under martial law he can take your 72 hours worth of stocked food for the good of those who didn’t prepare and they can take your guns and ammo. .Welcome to Germany 1936

  • jopa

    Obama received scholarships and student loans like millions of Americans.That is the way many of my family members went to college.and anyone with some sense and ambition could probably do the same.Then You have guys like Santorum that don’t want government money funding your child’s education and he thinks they should be home schooled.While living in Virginia he had his kids home schooled via the Internet and billed the state of Pennsylvania $73,000 for their expenses.The sad part is the taxpayers of Pa. did end up paying the money. He now claims government money should not be used for education.

    • Jim S

      I really don’t care about Santorum, but the gov’t should not be funding student loans. It should go back to the way it was before the one instituted his take over of student loans, which by the way is unconstitutional. Like the old saying, There is no free lunch, there is also no free education. But, why should someone who chooses to send their children to a non-public school or homeschool them have to pay school taxes to a failing public school system? Many parents pull their children out of public schools because of the poor education they provide but still have to fund that poor education for others. I went to public school and received a good education, but that was before the Federal Gov’t got involved and destroyed our educational system.

  • jopa

    Jim S;Perhaps those parents that are pulling their children out of the public school system because they are failures could be the result of home life.Myself and I would say 99% of my class became successful through public education and a few didn’t make it because they just didn’t pay attention in school We all know how parents try and pass the buck that someone else has failed with their children.The first step in an education begins at home with proper nurturing and discipline.

  • http://gravatar.com/revnowwhilewecan RevNowWhileWeCan

    I did my due diligence. Just got done with 4 hours at CNN’s “this just in”, blogging with idiots about Iran’s political processes. Someone elses turn. I’m worn out as there is alot of stupidity there. Bob, I again plugged you twice and haven’t been flagged for THAT yet.
    Also, I just watched the zeitgeist series. Are you watching me?? Lol
    Good article Sam . It’s nice to come to a place where we can get some unbiased reporting.

  • http://gravatar.com/revnowwhilewecan RevNowWhileWeCan

    Vote Paul or as Steven Tyler would say, “It’s the same old story, same old song and dance my friend”. If someone would like to tell how things would be different for this country if someone besides Paul is elected in 2012, I’d love to hear it! And if I hear the word “nutcase, crackpot, old fart or kook” one more time, I’m gonna jump out of my window! (I live on the 1st floor…lol)

  • Buster

    oBAM HAS DONE AWAY WITH THE “AVERAGE JOE” HECREATED THE 99% STARVING and the 1% FILTHY RICH. NO ONE HAS DIVIDED THIS NATION LIKE THIS GUY.

  • jopa

    Listen here buster.Take your meds and try that again.You may be on to something.

    • Buster

      Sad………just Sad………

  • Linda

    Who cares whether Obama OR Romney are considered ‘average joes’? Frankly, I don’t want the President of my country to simply be an average joe. He needs to be smart and skilled as a businessman first and foremost. The truly crucial element he must have is a true caring for the middle and lower class people so we can have decent jobs and therefore, decent lives. The damage Obama has done to the economy is not only appalling, but unconscionable. In addition, his deceitfulness in hiding his past in order to get elected in the first place should be enough to prove his true character, besides his out of control spending since he took office. What an idiot, who appears hell-bent on destroying our economy so more people will be dependent on the government for their basic survival. That’s true communism, er, uh . . . socialism as most prefer to call it.

    Romney in comparison has 2 of the most crucial qualities we need in our next President. He has the business and economic sense to fix the problems Obama has created, as witnessed by his experience as Governor of New Hampshire. He has also dealt one-on-one with numerous middle and lower class people within his church who were struggling with unemployment, divorce issues, addiction issues, etc. – anything at all that a typical parishioner would approach their pastor with for help. He may not have lived his own life in that way, but he’s dealt with the realities of all those scenarios firsthand, which was his obligation as a non-paid Bishop in his church.

    In 2008, Romney had good, reasonable answers to the problems current at the time. It’s too bad he wasn’t elected then. He was the best candidate for what our country desperately needed most, NOT Obama, who has just made matters exponentially worse. After Romney dropped out of that race, the only option that made any sense at all was to get behind the principles and goals of a group called Unity ’08. If only more people had seen the light back then and realized that was our only good answer after Romney, we wouldn’t be in our current sorry state of affairs.

    Personally, I wish Romney and Ron Paul would join forces as running mates. That would be a truly winning team.

    • Buster

      Your comment is spot on. You could have went on forever. Let me add, obama has impressed upon his cult like followers that there is only two classes. the 99% starving and the 1% filthy rich. (they are too stupid to look at their pay checks and realize that it isn’t the 1% signing them.) He has, as I’m sure he intended, done away with the middle class created class warfare and a division in this nation that has never been seen before. If you have read obamacare you know that it was the biggest scam ever pulled over on the American people. If everyone reads it he wouldn’t have a chance in November. The bill itself is terrifying but the little nasty things unrelated to health that is buried inthere is unbelievable. obama touts lower unemployment. He reaches this number by no longer counting those who have lost their jobs and have quit looking for work. If that number is added the average unemployment hovers around 15%. Had obama kept his promise todoaway with Bush’s Intel policies he would have never been able to locate OBL. The man is a Master of Sham. I find it shameful that there are still people that can’t or won’t see through him. He’s bleeding them dry and they are following right along behind him.This country is on the razors edge. With one stroke of the pen he can impose Martial Law meaning that the 3 to 14 days of extra food you have can and will be taken from you for the good of the worthless that didn’t prepare. He can take all weapons and ammo, fuel, autos, crops, etc. I think we both know how that story ends. It’s a very sad sad time in the US. I’m glad my father isn’t around to see this.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    We should also look at this from the Democraps’ perspective. If I were a leftwing democrap, I’d appreciate the open primaries in which I could vote for a GOP candidate. Since there are no visible challengers to BHO for the democrap nomination this year, the democraps can just try to sabotage the GOP by voting for the most liberal and worst (and maybe unelectable) republican. If I were a leftwing democrap, my choice would be Mitt Romney for GOP nominee. I know there’s a good chance that Romney will lose in November. If I were a leftwing democrap, I’d know that even if Romney does defeat Obama in November, Romney is the next best thing to Obama. He’s not much different from BHO. If I were a leftwing democrap, I’d know that a Romney presidency would only be a minor temporary setback. It’s highly unlikely he will repeal Obamacare as he pledged to, given that he supported a similar deal in Massachusetts. After 2 or 4 years of President Romney, the GOP’s image will be so tainted that the democraps will enjoy victories for several election cycles to come. Then the Democraps will really have the chance to convert this country from America to Ameritopia. ….. Now, let’s get real!! I AM NOT A LIBERAL DEMOCRAP!! With all of this in mind, it really frustrates me that the GOP establishment or so called conservatives would want to nominate a RINO like Mitt-nitwit Obam-ney. In reality, I will vote for Obamney only if (in a worst case scenario) the choice is BHO or Obamney.

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