Obama addresses Mitt Romney controversy

    President Barack Obama helped to further distinguish himself from his political opponent with his response to a recently released secretly recorded video of Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

    While controversial statements from the Massachusetts hopeful suggested that there’s a portion of the population about which he’s unconcerned, Barack reminded the late-night audience that he’s everyone’s Commander-In-Chief.

    “When I won in 2008, 47 percent of the American people voted for John McCain. They didn’t vote for me. What I said on election night was, ‘Even though you didn’t vote for me, I hear your voices, and I’m going to work as hard as I can to be your president,’” Barack said.

    In contrast, the video of Mitt, which was taken earlier this year at a fundraising dinner, captured him expressing almost the exact opposite.
    Talking to approximately 30 of his wealthier contributors, he said: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no mater what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him; who are dependent upon government; who believe that they are victims; who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them; who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it… My job is not to worry about those people.”

    With four years of presidential experience under his belt, Barack offered a word of advice to any American who will follow in his footsteps and one day lead the country.

    “One of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country,” he said. “My expectation is that if you want to be president, you have to work for everybody, not just for some. The other thing you discover as you travel around the country, the American people work so hard. You don’t meet anybody who doesn’t believe in the American dream and the fact that nobody is entitled to success, that you’ve got to work hard, and so, I promise you, there are not a lot of people out there who think they’re victims. They’re not a lot of people who think that they’re entitled to something.”

    Mitt’s comments have caused quite a stir and political pundits have been dissecting his words since the video resurfaced.

    The comment stemmed from the statistic that roughly 46 percent of Americans didn’t pay income taxes in 2011, according to Ezra Klein of The Washington Post.

    Ezra goes on to explain the number saying, “Roughly half of them [didn’t pay taxes] because of structural features of the income tax that provide basic exemptions for subsistence level income and for dependents. The other half are nontaxable because tax expenditures – special provisions of the tax code that benefit selected taxpayers or activities – wipe out tax liabilities and, in the case of refundable credits, result in net payments from the government.” 

    Mitt also joked that he would have had a better chance in this election if his father (who was born in Mexico) were actually Latino.

    Though Mitt did acknowledge that he was speaking “off the cuff” he did not back down on the point of his remarks.

Watch Mitt’s fundraising speech below.

    Watch Barack address Mitt’s comments.



    —Jacob Rohn


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