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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 12:33:51 PM  

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.


Like those powerful city pump operators? Yeah, those people have PULL! And her mom was a secretary for Spiegel's catalog. That's almost as powerful as Secretary of State!
 
2012-09-06 12:34:46 PM  
Their story sounds very much like the story pretty much everyone I know (or their parents) lived growing up. That is not insanely rich. That is the life of regular people. Some of those people did wind up going to elite schools and earning a great living. Some didn't. There is nothing "unconservative" about looking at 2 people who grew up with the same story many did who managed to do big things. In fact, that is SUPPOSED to be what conservatism is about. That is building a better life for your kids and taking pride in their accomplishments looks like. That's the American farking dream, you homely dickheads.

/"homely dickheads" stolen from Blood for Blood
//love that one even if it makes little sense
 
2012-09-06 12:34:59 PM  
Oh, and let me tell you another story about someone who was born a poor black man, but went on to make a fortune.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-06 12:35:29 PM  
And also too:

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-06 12:35:48 PM  

skullkrusher: Their story sounds very much like the story pretty much everyone I know (or their parents) lived growing up. That is not insanely rich. That is the life of regular people. Some of those people did wind up going to elite schools and earning a great living. Some didn't. There is nothing "unconservative" about looking at 2 people who grew up with the same story many did who managed to do big things and saying "good for you". In fact, that is SUPPOSED to be what conservatism is about. That is building a better life for your kids and taking pride in their accomplishments looks like. That's the American farking dream, you homely dickheads.

/"homely dickheads" stolen from Blood for Blood
//love that one even if it makes little sense


I accidentally a clause there
 
2012-09-06 12:36:09 PM  
Hurrr...I'm sure by Breitfart's standards I'm also an "elitist" because my parents (public school teachers) valued education and I grew up in a town that had good public schools.

You know conservatives are freaking out after seeing the latest numbers, because all kinds of crazy derp is being herped today. I farking love it. :)
 
2012-09-06 12:36:47 PM  
In a political system where it's a giant popularity party, of course the upper echelons aren't going to be poor people. You aren't gonna have an easy time networking if you're busy with 3 jobs.
 
2012-09-06 12:40:09 PM  
There are going to be a lot of pissed republicans in November. Again.
 
2012-09-06 12:42:52 PM  

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.


MMMMMM that's sooooome good Bloom County! :)
 
2012-09-06 12:46:10 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: 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.


I was reading through the first year or so worth of comics when they released them on iBooks, and it was FRIGHTENING how apropo many of them- especially the political ones- were. In particulars, there's one about Iran that pretty much didn't need a thing changed to be published today...
 
2012-09-06 12:47:03 PM  
rich magnet school

Farking magnet schools. How do they work?
 
2012-09-06 12:47:20 PM  
When Obama went to Harvard he had a mini-refrigerator in his dorm room. To keep his dog steaks cool!
 
2012-09-06 12:48:45 PM  
someonelse

karnal: They both grew up middle class....why hide from it

They don't. And you are a silly, silly person.



No - someone else is silly
 
2012-09-06 12:55:07 PM  

skullkrusher: Their story sounds very much like the story pretty much everyone I know (or their parents) lived growing up. That is not insanely rich. That is the life of regular people. Some of those people did wind up going to elite schools and earning a great living. Some didn't. There is nothing "unconservative" about looking at 2 people who grew up with the same story many did who managed to do big things. In fact, that is SUPPOSED to be what conservatism is about. That is building a better life for your kids and taking pride in their accomplishments looks like. That's the American farking dream, you homely dickheads.

/"homely dickheads" stolen from Blood for Blood
//love that one even if it makes little sense


Preach on.
 
2012-09-06 12:56:01 PM  
It's good to see that DIA is still a class act after all these years.

*raises glass*

"Here's to you, spurious logic and obtuse argument guy!"
 
2012-09-06 12:56:09 PM  

karnal: Such a blatant lie to make Obama look electable - and such blatant hypocrisy. They both grew up middle class....why hide from it - it is like they are ashamed of their middle class upbringing.....why do they hate the middle class so much?


Saying they grew up poor is a lie. Who said that?
 
2012-09-06 12:58:00 PM  
So, to summarize:

The Romneys were poor because they had to cash in stock options to pay for college.
The Obamas were rich because they paid their way through Ivy League schools using student loans.
 
2012-09-06 12:58:34 PM  

bdub77: I wouldn't call either of the Obamas rich.


I would, they're farking millionaires! That's definitely "rich." I'd still support them though.
 
2012-09-06 12:58:38 PM  

cc_rider: Hurrr...I'm sure by Breitfart's standards I'm also an "elitist" because my parents (public school teachers) valued education and I grew up in a town that had good public schools.

Did you go to Harvard or Yale?

You know conservatives are freaking out after seeing the latest numbers,

Yes, the unemployment numbers are awful.

I farking love it. :)

at least you admit that you love high unemployment.

 
2012-09-06 01:01:17 PM  
vernonFL


When Obama went to Harvard he had a mini-refrigerator in his dorm room. To keep his dog steaks cool!


Obama went by the name Barry Soetoro during his time in Indonesia....Soetoro translates to "the spear that was thrust into the side of Jesus". Hmmm....that sounds just about right - I mean left.
 
2012-09-06 01:01:59 PM  
It pisses me off that we are constantly told by the media to vote for the Harvard-educated rich elitist Democrat instead of the bootstrappy, hard-working everyman Republican.
 
2012-09-06 01:04:06 PM  

Bender The Offender: This just in, people of intelligence and talent don't have to buy their way into everything just yet, give the republicans a little more time and this will change.


Someone getting into a school because he works hard? That's Democrat SOCIALISM!!!

Getting into school because your daddy is rich!! - That's Republican boot strappy individualism!!!
 
2012-09-06 01:05:59 PM  

PonceAlyosha: a


PonceAlyosha: propasaurus: Onion

[o.onionstatic.com image 600x339]

The Onion is pretty good this week. I disagree with claims of their decline in quality. Their writing hasn't slackened, reality has just become a lot sillier.

Which is a good thing.


No it is not. "May you live in interesting times" is a Chinese curse for a reason.
 
2012-09-06 01:08:47 PM  

LucklessWonder: bdub77: I wouldn't call either of the Obamas rich.

I would, they're farking millionaires! That's definitely "rich." I'd still support them though.


bdub77: 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.


He was referring to when they were growing up.

There's no question that the Obamas are quite wealthy now, and they'll only be getting richer after he ends his second term and either enters the speaking circuit (doubtful - at least the for-profit speaking circuit) or writes another best seller about his presidency. He mentions it in his speeches on tax policy, including himself in the percentage of those who should have their tax rate raised.

Personally, I hope he creates a social justice and charitable foundation, like Clinton and Bush did. (Bush quite less so)
 
2012-09-06 01:09:04 PM  

someonelse: Only in Romney's weird little billionaire bubble is the world divided into "the insanely rich" and "everyone else."


You know what's funny during his speech he talked about "struggling America" and he thought having to stay late at work and miss you kids little league game was basically the hardship "struggling America" faces.


Need money to start a business or go to college? Why can't you just ask you dad for it, like I did?

Need a house? Ask you dad to buy you one like I did!
 
2012-09-06 01:09:36 PM  

Mentat: So, to summarize:

The Romneys were poor because they had to cash in stock options to pay for college.
The Obamas were rich because they paid their way through Ivy League schools using student loans.


I mean, there's "white-person rich" and then there's "black-person rich."

Mitt and Ann going to school and living off of sales of stocks that Mitt's dad bought for him is white-person-poor.

Barack and Michelle going to school by student loan and scholarships is black-person rich.
 
2012-09-06 01:09:46 PM  
Tyrano Soros

It pisses me off that we are constantly told by the media to vote for the Harvard-educated rich elitist Democrat instead of the bootstrappy, hard-working everyman Republican.



Come on over to the Fox side - they won't lie to you.
 
2012-09-06 01:10:45 PM  

Asa Phelps: Whitney Young is a free school.

You get in by being an outstanding student.


Back in the 90s I was student manager for the men's basketball team at a fairly prominent D1 college program (mid-major with some national titles). One of the players went to Whitney Young- he pulled a double major in engineering and music (you may laugh at that one, but he had a hell of a voice and even sang the anthem before a couple of our games). One of the smartest dudes I ever met.
 
2012-09-06 01:11:50 PM  

PonceAlyosha: propasaurus: Onion

[o.onionstatic.com image 600x339]

The Onion is pretty good this week. I disagree with claims of their decline in quality. Their writing hasn't slackened, reality has just become a lot sillier.

Which is a good thing.


The onion was great in like the late 90's - beginning 00's but then went down hill and now is great again..

/Is really The Onion that old?
//I feel old!
 
2012-09-06 01:13:17 PM  
p.twimg.com


Extremely wealthy Republican born with a silver spoon in his mouth: Knows how to manage money.


Moderately wealthy Democrat who had an upper middle class upbringing and got into a good school: Elitist. 
 
2012-09-06 01:13:41 PM  
If this has already been stated, then I apologize.
But Obama got into an elite prep school because he was a brilliant kid who had the grades and applied and passed the interviews. Subsequently his mom had to take on another job, as did his grandfather.
 
2012-09-06 01:14:51 PM  

topcon: If you think any of these millionaires are going to go out of their way to lose money by passing laws that would negatively affect them, you're an idiot


So no politician has ever raised taxes on the rich?
 
2012-09-06 01:15:00 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: 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.


What about non-man hating lesbians?
 
2012-09-06 01:16:42 PM  

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

;-)


you have to go for something more unexpected. Maybe how you got into Colgate, but didn't go there because you wanted a campus near the ocean...so you enrolled at Aqua Fresh instead.
 
2012-09-06 01:17:27 PM  

karnal: Tyrano Soros

It pisses me off that we are constantly told by the media to vote for the Harvard-educated rich elitist Democrat instead of the bootstrappy, hard-working everyman Republican.


Come on over to the Fox side - they won't lie to you.



Only if I can be guaranteed they will offer a fair and balanced perspective, not left-leaning like the rest of the drive-by media.
 
2012-09-06 01:17:58 PM  

crab66: Moderately wealthy Democrat who had an upper middle class upbringing and got into a good school: Elitist.


watching this scale of relative wealth slide back and forth is making me dizzy
 
2012-09-06 01:19:45 PM  

Bontesla: This.


That.

/and some of Those over There.
 
2012-09-06 01:20:00 PM  

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...


Well, they didn't have to work for their money like Romney did. They practically had everything handed to them on a silver platter. Hell, they've never even held a real job in their entire lives. Now Mitt Romney, he knows the value of hard work, and coming up from being poor to make something of yourself.
 
2012-09-06 01:20:17 PM  
My high school was not far from Whitney Young and no one thought of it as anything but a good magnet school. Apparently some people think there's more to it.
 
2012-09-06 01:20:27 PM  

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


Like you did when I called you a chicken-hawk?
 
2012-09-06 01:22:10 PM  

FishyFred: Yes, Michelle Obama grew up so rich that her family couldn't even afford to put a swing on the swingset in their backyard.

Fark these assholes. The Obamas are the "American Kenyan Dream" incarnate.


Fixed that for my dad, who can simultaneously believe that Obama was born in a rural village in Kenya and came from a wealthy family in Hawaii.

/-sigh-
 
2012-09-06 01:23:01 PM  

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...


Hey, a couple hundred bucks goes a long way in Kenya.

//Couldn't resist
 
2012-09-06 01:23:02 PM  

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.


But is he a witch?
 
2012-09-06 01:24:29 PM  
Can someone post the Onion reference? I'm not clicking that farking link.
 
2012-09-06 01:25:15 PM  
You don't have to be rich to go go an Ivy League school........you just rack up lots of student loan debt (which I believe they both had after graduation).
 
2012-09-06 01:27:54 PM  
OhioUGrad


You don't have to be rich to go go an Ivy League school........you just rack up lots of student loan debt (which I believe they both had after graduation).



They're not saying they were rich.....they are actually saying they were poor....which is not the truth....but I am sure we are all use to that by now.
 
2012-09-06 01:28:10 PM  
the last thing we need is some uppity refrigerator owning elitists running this great white christian nation.
 
2012-09-06 01:28:43 PM  

OhioUGrad: You don't have to be rich to go go an Ivy League school........you just rack up lots of student loan debt (which I believe they both had after graduation).


Harvard is actually really good in terms of financial aid. Averages about $41k per year
 
2012-09-06 01:31:22 PM  
You mean they really werent born in a log cabin that they built with their bare hands???
 
2012-09-06 01:31:30 PM  
The only struggle Michelle Obama ever had was when she actually had to show up to pick up her check at that 250k a year no-show job she had in Chicago.
 
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