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(Reason Magazine)   Michelle Obama: Hey look me and Barack were poor black people who rose up and struggled. Fact: both grew up rich. Barack went to an elite prep school then to the Ivy's for College and Michelle went to a rich magnet school then the Ivy's   (reason.com) divider line 323
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2012-09-06 12:29:13 AM  
Yes, that's truly awful. So everyone vote for the guy born into fortune worth hundreds of millions. HE knows what's going on!

Good stuff, Reason, you insipid, mongering retards.
 
2012-09-06 12:38:31 AM  
They actually quote The Onion.
The mutherfarkin' Onion.
 
2012-09-06 12:50:37 AM  
Whitney Young is a free school.

You get in by being an outstanding student.
 
2012-09-06 12:50:54 AM  

propasaurus: They actually quote The Onion.
The mutherfarkin' Onion.


...and what appears to be untranslated Dutch. WTF?
 
2012-09-06 12:58:36 AM  

Asa Phelps: Whitney Young is a free school.

You get in by being an outstanding student.


And Obama attended Punahou on a scholarship.
 
2012-09-06 12:58:47 AM  

Asa Phelps: Whitney Young is a free school.

You get in by being an outstanding student.


Or by being well connected. Not that I'm implying that's how she got in, but their list of alumni is typically is more notable for who their parents are than for their own accomplishments.
 
2012-09-06 01:03:10 AM  
So no more questions about where Obama went to school?
 
2012-09-06 01:04:21 AM  

propasaurus: They actually quote The Onion.
The mutherfarkin' Onion.


Shhhh...don't tell the submitter The Onion isn't real. He still believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. It would bweak his widdle heart.
 
2012-09-06 01:07:23 AM  

CreamFilling: Asa Phelps: Whitney Young is a free school.

You get in by being an outstanding student.

Or by being well connected. Not that I'm implying that's how she got in, but their list of alumni is typically is more notable for who their parents are than for their own accomplishments.


So are you saying that her family is well connected?
 
2012-09-06 01:08:09 AM  
Both President Obama's parents had Ph.D's and made decent livings.

/bla bla bla
 
2012-09-06 01:12:11 AM  
The Ivy's what?
 
2012-09-06 01:14:11 AM  

borg: Both President Obama's parents had Ph.D's and made decent livings.

/bla bla bla


Yes, both Barack and Michelle are Blah.
 
2012-09-06 01:34:03 AM  

Asa Phelps: CreamFilling: Asa Phelps: Whitney Young is a free school.

You get in by being an outstanding student.

Or by being well connected. Not that I'm implying that's how she got in, but their list of alumni is typically is more notable for who their parents are than for their own accomplishments.

So are you saying that her family is well connected?


No, that's why I specifically said I wasn't implying that's how she got in. Jesse Jackson and Michael Jordan's kids? Probably.
 
2012-09-06 02:05:51 AM  
Obama grew up RICH? Seriously? That's now the claim? And it's a BAD thing?

Jesus farking Christ on a popsicle stick. You just can't make this shiat up.

Well, you CAN, and the far right DOES, but...
 
2012-09-06 02:29:47 AM  

mediablitz: Obama grew up RICH? Seriously? That's now the claim? And it's a BAD thing?

Jesus farking Christ on a popsicle stick. You just can't make this shiat up.

Well, you CAN, and the far right DOES, but...


He grew up upper middle class I don't think they're saying he was "rich" I think they're saying he wasn't dirt poor.
 
2012-09-06 03:05:25 AM  

borg: mediablitz: Obama grew up RICH? Seriously? That's now the claim? And it's a BAD thing?

Jesus farking Christ on a popsicle stick. You just can't make this shiat up.

Well, you CAN, and the far right DOES, but...

He grew up upper middle class I don't think they're saying he was "rich" I think they're saying he wasn't dirt poor.


...which Michelle Obama never claimed. Her speech refers to her father being a worker for the city's water department (presumably a pretty good middle-class Union job), but then having to put two kids through Yale. It also refers to Barack's grandmother working in a bank and getting promoted several times, (again, a presumably pretty good middle-class lifestyle), but then had to put her grandson through Harvard.

In TFA's world, claiming that a middle-class family struggled to pay for their kids' tuition for Ivy League schools is falsely claiming you grew up poor.

In TFA's world, going to a free magnet school and then taking out student loans for your kids is evidence you're actually rich.
 
2012-09-06 03:37:11 AM  

Sgt Otter: borg: mediablitz: Obama grew up RICH? Seriously? That's now the claim? And it's a BAD thing?

Jesus farking Christ on a popsicle stick. You just can't make this shiat up.

Well, you CAN, and the far right DOES, but...

He grew up upper middle class I don't think they're saying he was "rich" I think they're saying he wasn't dirt poor.

...which Michelle Obama never claimed. Her speech refers to her father being a worker for the city's water department (presumably a pretty good middle-class Union job), but then having to put two kids through Yale. It also refers to Barack's grandmother working in a bank and getting promoted several times, (again, a presumably pretty good middle-class lifestyle), but then had to put her grandson through Harvard.

In TFA's world, claiming that a middle-class family struggled to pay for their kids' tuition for Ivy League schools is falsely claiming you grew up poor.

In TFA's world, going to a free magnet school and then taking out student loans for your kids is evidence you're actually rich.


Barack wasn't raised by a single grandmother who struggled to pay the bills while working as a bank teller. Why can't people accept he grew up upper middle class. Read his books.
 
2012-09-06 04:04:57 AM  

borg: He grew up upper middle class I don't think they're saying he was "rich" I think they're saying he wasn't dirt poor.


Uh huh... YEAH....

Go ahead. Show us the numbers. Tell us how his grandparents were pulling down high 6 figures.

Come on! You can do it! Something more than "read his book". I have it right here.

Break it down! I'm SURE you aren't completely full of envious shiat and animosity!
 
2012-09-06 04:06:08 AM  

borg: Read his books.


I did. I have. You are full of shiat.

What's next? He had high powered connections? Mitt Romney is really a poor black child?
 
2012-09-06 04:31:57 AM  
The Ivy's what?

/point's and laugh's at submitter
 
2012-09-06 07:19:05 AM  
Rich people are not like us. We fantasize about electing candidates who understand the common man from our own point of view, but, really, we know such a person is not going to get elected to high office. So stop talking shiat about how poor you were growing up. It's not convincing anybody. It only reminds us that you rich people believe ordinary people, if we weren't stupid and gullible, would be rich too. It isn't so. The log cabin story hasn't worked since Abe Lincoln.
 
2012-09-06 07:21:27 AM  
This.
 
2012-09-06 07:40:02 AM  
Epic butthurt developing. Yes, you. I'm referring to you.
 
2012-09-06 08:02:49 AM  
Claim: "Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago"

Rating: Pants on fire! Barack Obama is actually 23 years older than the man she fell in love with all those years ago.
 
2012-09-06 08:11:26 AM  
Jesus Christ Admin.
 
2012-09-06 08:14:10 AM  
Shhh...Don;t tell any one but his birth name is actually Navin Johnson.
 
2012-09-06 08:15:47 AM  
Poor people don't get to be President. News at 11.
 
2012-09-06 08:17:38 AM  

mediablitz: Mitt Romney is really a poor black child?


Aw, man. You just ruined the surprise of Reason's next article.
 
2012-09-06 08:17:45 AM  
annnnnnd here comes the fark asswit brigade of false equivalencies and logical fallacies.

fark right wing mod, whomever you are, let me just say this, with all sincerity: EFF U.
 
2012-09-06 08:18:26 AM  

Generation_D: annnnnnd here comes the fark asswit brigade of false equivalencies and logical fallacies.


Well, yes, DIA did post above you.
 
2012-09-06 08:24:39 AM  
The following a a paid advertisement by Romney for America.

Finally a President every American can call their own.

He's been a handicapped unionist minority farmer.
He's been a right-wing pro-choice born-again southern elderly protectionist pacifist.
He's been a redneck northern liberal ethnic pro-life Jewish fixed income no-nukes gun nut.
And he's been a woman named Frieda.

Mitt Romney: He's been one of us.
 
2012-09-06 08:52:19 AM  

Jackson Herring: Claim: "Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago"

Rating: Pants on fire! Barack Obama is actually 23 years older than the man she fell in love with all those years ago.


Hilarious.

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: The following a a paid advertisement by Romney for America.

Finally a President every American can call their own.

He's been a handicapped unionist minority farmer.
He's been a right-wing pro-choice born-again southern elderly protectionist pacifist.
He's been a redneck northern liberal ethnic pro-life Jewish fixed income no-nukes gun nut.
And he's been a woman named Frieda.

Mitt Romney: He's been one of us.


Awesome.

Sometimes Fark is where best snark is.
 
2012-09-06 08:56:28 AM  

GAT_00: Well, yes, DIA did post above you.


You're about a stupid motherfarker aren't you?


No run off and whine to the mods about how the mean man called you a name you farking pansy.
 
2012-09-06 08:56:46 AM  
And is Obama's Mormonism going to hurt him in the upcoming election? Can voters really relate to Michelle Obama's ballet-dancing horse?
 
2012-09-06 09:06:52 AM  
My parents sent me to Colgate. It nearly broke them.

This piece is a weak effort at 'retaliation' because Anne Romney's poor attempt to make their early years seem lean and uncertain went over like a lead balloon. Or in the case of the Romney's, a gold balloon.

But it's nice to see Romney is sharing the logs in eye with his wife. That's special..
 
2012-09-06 09:10:35 AM  

SphericalTime: Sometimes Fark is where best snark is.


It's from an old, very old, Bloom County cartoon.

/I'm amazed by how relevant those things are, even today.
 
2012-09-06 09:11:56 AM  
W wasn't a cowboy either but that's the image that sticks... Then you have Obama juxtaposed with Mortimer-randolph-duke-thurston howell-the-third-monopoly-guy and the image is even easier to sell.
 
2012-09-06 09:12:15 AM  
Wait, what?

TReason (the T is silent) magazine is actually playing the "elitist" card against the Obamas?

[orly?]

Do they even know who the GOP candidate is yet?

Heh heh! Can't wait to see the look on their faces when they find out!

[thisisgonnabegood]
 
2012-09-06 09:17:07 AM  
Wow. Just wow. Its nice to see the admins finally coming out amd admitting they have no shame.
 
2012-09-06 09:22:02 AM  

Diogenes: My parents sent me to Colgate. It nearly broke them.


Hey, I almost went there. Ended up going to University of Rochester instead, and that did break my parents. Finished up at the local state school.
 
2012-09-06 09:26:14 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: GAT_00: Well, yes, DIA did post above you.

You're about a stupid motherfarker aren't you?


No run off and whine to the mods about how the mean man called you a name you farking pansy.


I'm sorry nobody treats you with respect, but you aren't deserving of any kind of respect. You are worth nothing, and everyone knows it. If that makes you angry, maybe you ought to look at yourself and wonder why nobody thinks you are worth anything.

Or you can lash out like a child whenever someone points out you contribute nothing but lies, dishonesty and utter disdain for the facts.
 
2012-09-06 09:27:02 AM  

SphericalTime: Diogenes: My parents sent me to Colgate. It nearly broke them.

Hey, I almost went there. Ended up going to University of Rochester instead, and that did break my parents. Finished up at the local state school.


Ha! Got accepted there, too. My final choice was Colgate v. Wesleyan. I was wait listed at Princeton but decided against it.

Did get rejected by my safety school of U. of Vermont, though!

Loved Colgate. Worth every cent, and my parents agree.

Now back to our regularly scheduled thread about how Obama and Michelle feasted on souls of the poor while the Romneys tried to make ends meat as dirt farmers.
 
2012-09-06 09:32:46 AM  
There is one simple thing the Obama's could do to shut this controversy down: have their parents release their tax returns for the 10 years leading up to, and the 10 years following, their stint in higher education.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama?

We're waiting.
 
2012-09-06 09:33:24 AM  

Diogenes: Loved Colgate. Worth every cent, and my parents agree.


my parents were big on preventing tooth decay as well...
 
2012-09-06 09:36:52 AM  
This is about as Rovian as it gets.
 
2012-09-06 09:41:35 AM  

propasaurus: They actually quote The Onion.
The mutherfarkin' Onion.


we're through the derping glass here people
 
2012-09-06 09:51:11 AM  

Headso: Diogenes: Loved Colgate. Worth every cent, and my parents agree.

my parents were big on preventing tooth decay as well...


Well aren't you the clever one?! That's the first time I ever heard that!

;-)
 
2012-09-06 10:24:30 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: No run off and whine to the mods about how the mean man called you a name you farking pansy.


I see you're adding your typical contribution to today's discourse.
 
2012-09-06 10:26:59 AM  
Both Obamas had good educations and were from hard-working middle class families that grew wealthier over time so that they were able to afford upper level education. Having access to a good education and enough money to afford higher education is why they were successful.

That's kind of the f*cking point. The middle class is being destroyed by the rich. A strong middle class is essential for continued wealth in this country. How does anyone not understand that?

I wouldn't call either of the Obamas rich. They were from middle class families that worked hard and as a result had successful careers. I come from that background, my dad had a lot of children, we were by no means rich, but he became very successful and was able to afford to put all of his kids through college AND give us a choice of where to go (most of us borrowed thousands in student loans but he helped a LOT). I attribute much of my success to my parents, I am incredibly grateful to my family for that, even if both of my parents are voting for Romney in November. :)
 
2012-09-06 10:36:37 AM  

thismomentinblackhistory: There is one simple thing the Obama's could do to shut this controversy down:


What controversy would that be?
 
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