A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but President Barack Obama said that taking care of yours could land you in the White House someday.
During a campaign stop in Colorado, the president stressed the importance a college education, citing his own experience as a prime example of the opportunities that an affordable education can provide.
“Let’s face it. You know a mixed kid from Hawaii born to a single mom is not likely to become president of the United States," he said. "But in America, it can happen because of education, because somebody gave me opportunity.
ABC News reports that Barack also pointed to his wife, Michelle Obama, as another instance of how crucial it is to get an education.
“You know, a little Black girl from South Side of Chicago whose mom’s a secretary and dad’s a blue-collar worker, you know, not likely to become first lady of the United States,” the president said of his wife. “But it happened because she got a great education even though her folks didn’t have a lot of money.”
The president’s stance is a central issue in his campaign while offering up an argument to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s call to reduce federal aid for higher education. Barack pegs education as the main vehicle for people to even have a chance of maintaining or improving their financial status.
"[It’s] the gateway of opportunity for middle-class families, for those who were willing hard to get into the middle class and stay there," he stated.
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