Silver Spoon

April 19th, 2012

A follow-up to Mitt’s Spoon, inspired by Mitt Romney’s reaction to the President’s silver spoon comment.

“Somebody gave me an education. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michele wasn’t. But somebody gave us a chance, just like these folks up here are lookin’ for a chance.” — President Obama yesterday at Lorain County Community College in Elyria,Ohio


“I’m certainly not gonna apologize for my dad and his success in life. He was born poor, he worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn’t have a college degree and one of the things he wanted to do was provide for me and for my brother and sisters. I’m not gonna apologize for my dad’s success, but I know the President likes to attack fellow Americans. He’s always looking for a scapegoat, particularly those that have been successful like my dad. And I’m not going to rise to that.” — Mitt Romney on Fox News this morning


First of all, Mitt, Obama didn’t even say your name.

Why are you so sensitive? Is it shame?

Why do you find such an indirect reference so offensive?

Aren’t you being just a tad too defensive?


Second, it you’re being honest, you can’t really demur:

Obama wasn’t born with a silver spoon, while you in fact were.

Sure, you’ve made many millions of dollars of your own,

But don’t you have to admit you didn’t do it all on your own?


Third, I know you like to pretend to be mad,

But how is this an attack by Obama on your dad?

If anything, it’s praise for your father as a man,

Who was much more of a self-made man.


Fourth, when you discuss how you supposedly pulled yourself up by your own bootstraps,

You smile and preen, and everybody claps.

But when Obama says it, he’s inciting class war,

Insulting all successful people, political points to score.


Finally, how is Obama the one who seeks to divide

When you repeatedly him as un-American deride?

You attack him constantly by name and innuendo,

Escalating every remark into a frenzied critical crescendo.


So sorry, Mitt, but you’re wrong on all the above counts,

Which I’d say to significant misrepresentation amounts.

But one thing you were right about: You didn’t rise to the occasion.

Instead, you stooped to more calumny and evasion.


(Then again, maybe you were just by the suggestion upset

That a mere silver spoon was the best you could get.)


Here’s the Last Word’s 4/19/12 report, including video clips of the President’s statement and Romney’s response. As Lawrence points out, Mitt’s dad wasn’t actually “born poor” as Mitt has repeatedly claimed, but it was true that he was more of a self-made man than Mitt was.

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Here’s the President’s full speech 4/18/12 at Lorain County Community College in Ohio.


Update: Here’s Up’s 4/21/12 deconstruction of Romney’s fake Horation Alger story, with some more great video clips. Also, check out this excellent article, The Real War on Catholic Women by Laura Wilkerson.

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