Rick Perry says Obama is ‘privileged’ and ‘never had to really work for anything’
President Obama, Rick Perry says, is blaming the American people for his own failures, and he’s doing it because he was born into privilege and thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.
In an appearance on The Sean Hannity Show last night, Perry said he thought remarks Obama made at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last weekend were evidence that the president “grew up in a privileged way”:
“He never had to really work for anything. He never had to go through what Americans are going…has never felt that angst that they have in their heart. And I think he’s always, when he has had problems, he’s always pointed to somebody else and said it was their fault, not mine.”
He said Obama should also be faulted for “thinking that he can go and negotiate because of his great debating skills any place in the world”:
“His thinking that he’s the smartest guy in the room has hurt America around the world, particularly when it comes to foreign policy. And I think that mentality of ‘I’m the smartest guy in the room and therefore it couldn’t be my fault’ is really hurting America.
Obama was raised by his mother and grandparents after his father left the family, first to study in Cambridge and then later for Kenya. His mother would famously rouse him at 4am on weekdays to study, and he went on to graduate from Colombia and Harvard Law, where he was elected the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.
Perry’s comments were in reference to remarks Obama made at the APEC summit on Saturday in Hawaii. Asked about what other nations “would characterize as impediments to investment in the United States,” Obama said:
“I think it’s important to remember that the United States is still the largest recipient of foreign investment in the world…But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America.”
Several Republicans seized on Obama’s use of the word “lazy,” including Perry who released an ad that excerptd a portion of Obama’s answer. In the video, Perry says to the camera, “Can you believe that? That’s what our president thinks is wrong with America — that Americans are lazy?”
Here’s the full clip from Sean Hannity, with the “privilege” comments at the 7:30 mark, followed by Perry’s new ad:
PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Brian Snyder (Perry greets voters at a town hall campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire, November 16, 2011.)