Pres. Obama Handles Rick Santorum’s “Snob” Comment
Matt | On 27, Feb 2012
President Obama offered a bit of clarity on his stance on higher education on Monday when speaking to the National Governors Association.
The president clarified what he means when he said that “everyone” should go to college. It was this comment that caused GOP candidate Rick Santorum to call Obama “a snob” recently.
Just as I suspected, Obama’s comments were taken out of context by Mr. Santorum, which isn’t a first for the former Pennsylvania senator. Here is what the president says he meant:
“When I speak about higher education we’re not just talking about a four-year degree. We’re talking about somebody going to a community college and getting trained … for that manufacturing job that now is requiring somebody walking through the door handling a million-dollar piece of equipment,” he said.
“They can’t go in there unless they’ve got some basic training beyond what they received in high school,” he added. [SOURCE]
I’m glad the president addressed this mischaracterization! Education has always been one of the cornerstones of his Administration and an area into which he puts a lot of personal time. He’s not a perfect president, but he has always spoken of the ties between education affecting economic opportunities.
Of course, I believe that Santorum is playing to his base and their distaste of the president’s academic achievements. He is just talking to get over the hump of the Arizona and Michigan primary races on February 28.