A few weeks ago when Romney quoted Obama out of context the MSM went nuts, oddly, Obama doing the same thing doesn’t seem to garner the same amount of attention.
Two Republican members of Congress are striking back at President Obama for personally targeting them in recent speeches about keeping student loan rates low.
Both claim Obama misrepresented them in citing comments suggesting they oppose keeping student loan rates at 3.4 percent, rather than allowing them to revert to 6.8 percent on July 1.
It is somewhat unusual for a sitting president to single out individual rank-and-file members of the opposition party for criticism and scorn in public speeches, and both rejected his comments Thursday.
On Monday, Obama mocked Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), once in a speech in her home state and again in a speech in Colorado for saying that those with student debt are sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in their lap.
“I’m going to quote this because I know you guys will think I’m making it up,” Obama said at the University of North Carolina. “She said she had ‘very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there’s no reason for that.’”
But Obama dropped a few words from Foxx’s comment on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show. Foxx told Liddy she had “very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that” — apparently limiting her comments to those who take on large amounts of debt for school.
She went on to say that she reminds people that the Declaration of Independence promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — stressing the word “pursuit.”
“You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap,” she said.
At the University of Iowa, Obama said, “You’ve got one member of Congress who compared these student loans — I’m not kidding here — to a ‘stage-three cancer of socialism,’”
Though Obama did not name him, that was a reference to a comment from Akin in a debate with the Republican senate candidates Saturday. Asked about the student loan issue, Akin slammed the government for taking over college loans in a 2009 bill.
“America has got the equivalent of stage 3 cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no businesses tampering in,” he said.
In a statement, Akin objected to Obama’s paraphrase.
“With all due respect, the president misquoted me. I was not saying that student loans are a cancer. I referred to the policies where there is a government takeover of private industries,” he said.