Last night President Obama appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman to discuss, among other things, comments made by Mitt Romney in a recently released video where the Republican candidate was caught saying that 47% of Americans are freeloaders who feel they are victims entitled to food and healthcare. Luckily, Obama clarified that half of our country is not looking for a free handout. And based on your comments yesterday, this is a pretty controversial subject.
After first discussing how much each one weighs and Letterman saying that Obama hasn’t seen him naked (watch the clip–it’s funny), Letterman asked the President what he thought of Romney’s remarks that were caught on hidden camera where he basically said 47% of voters don’t matter to him because they are freeloaders who feel they are entitled to food and healthcare, among other things.
Is that what rich guys at country clubs are talking about?
To which Obama responds:
Well, I don’t know what he was referring to, but I can tell you this. When I won in 2008, 47% of the American people voted for John McCain. They didn’t vote for me. And 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.’
Obama then summed it up perfectly:
One of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country…my expectation is that if you want to be president, you have to work for everybody, not just for some…
He went on to say that he does not believe most Americans see themselves as victims. Instead, he sees hard-working people who do not believe they are entitled to success or free hand-outs.
And based on the comments we received yesterday, many of you agree. Most of that 47% who don’t pay income taxes are not people who see themselves as poor, pathetic victims who are looking for the government to support us. We don’t feel we’re entitled to anything, even food and healthcare, without working hard to get it. Sure, there will always be exceptions, but I believe that most people have pride and want to provide for themselves.
One of our commenters, Kristina Scala explained how Romney and his supporters don’t really understand the facts of this 47%:
the majority of all of the people putting down those on welfare or food stamps have zero idea what they are talking about. i work in social service. the vast majority of those on welfare do not want to be on welfare. but when the government makes further cuts to this assistance, you know what ends up getting cut first? halfway houses, assistance with jobs, shelters, programs for CHILDREN to eat. mitt romney would punish children for the sake of going after an imaginary sect of the country. also the 47% statistic is a lie. the people who don’t pay income taxes still pay other taxes, like social security, medicare, etc, which are where these so-called “handouts” come from. think before you speak. oh, and by the way, good ol’ mitt wants to cut medicaid, too. do you know who is on medicaid? foster children, impoverished children, homeless children, senior citizens who aren’t being cared for. it is ABSOLUTELY the government’s responsibility to help those in need. and if you think those in need are desirous of staying in need, you are wrong and obviously have no idea how the systems you are sticking your nose up at actually work. read a book or even a simple wikipedia article before you speak. maybe mr. romney should do that as well.
But not all of you agreed.
Cheryl’s Delights responded:
talk about out of context… demanding food and healthcare with no personal effort to take care of yourself by making a wage or growing your food?? NOT a basic human “right”… it is a basic human need but by no means a right. breathing is the ONLY free human right.
Tell us where you stand. Do you believe 47% of Americans feel they are entitled to food and healthcare? Do you think these are basic human rights? And are you with Obama or Romney on this one?