Obama pointed out to an audience at a community college in Ohio that, ““I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”
The jokes come to mine (“no, you were born with a furry paw in your mouth;” no, you were born with a red diaper on your butt”) but seriously, folks, is this really a winning approach by the president himself? Surrogates such as Joe Biden and Axelrod will no doubt pound it home—“Mitt Romney, rich out-of-touch spoiled brat”—since it’s one of the few weapons they have against him. But it only makes Obama look petty and covetous when he says it himself.
On the other hand, petty and covetous is the basis for his campaign at this point, I’m afraid, although perhaps it will work. But he could just as easily have touted the Workforce Investment Act—which was the actual (or ostensible) subject of his speech—without the sly innuendo. His “silver spoon” statement also opens him up to the charge of historical ignorance, which I’ve yet to see the opposition make, since that great champion of the working man and the president whom Obama seems to be trying to emulate, FDR, was the quintessential infant with the silver spoon in his mouth.