During one point in the second presidential debate of this dead-even 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney addressed the issue of personal financial investments in foreign companies. In doing so, Romney asked President Obama, “Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?”
After ignoring the repeated question, Obama finally retorted, “I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours.” The comment drew some chuckles from the crowd.
However, Obama’s reply unwittingly gave a strong endorsement of Romney’s presidential credentials.
You see, throughout the second debate, Romney referred to Obama’s record of failure during Obama’s four years as president. In doing so, Romney contrasted that with his own accomplishments as both businessman and governor. And Obama has characterized Romney as part of the 1%.
But that’s exactly the point: Romney’s success as a businessman has indeed made him rich. That is the American dream: to be successful and prosperous. That is even the American dream that Obama himself described in the last half hour of the second debate when he mentioned immigrants who became successful and prosperous creating Intel and Google.
Nevertheless, here is Obama speaking out of two sides of his mouth: hate Romney for being rich and successful; love Sergey Brin for being rich and successful.
Romney’s “bigger” pension is to be admired, not mocked, Mr. President. By admitting Romney’s pension is bigger, Obama is also admitting that Romney’s business acumen has been proven.
A track record of success.
Something Obama does not have.