This is a true exchange. It happened in Omaha last Friday, when Bush was taking his dog-and-pony show on the road:
THE PRESIDENT: Good. Okay, Mary, tell us about yourself.
MS. MORNIN: Okay, I’m a divorced, single mother with three grown, adult children. I have one child, Robbie, who is mentally challenged, and I have two daughters.
THE PRESIDENT: Fantastic. First of all, you’ve got the hardest job in America, being a single mom.
MS. MORNIN: Thank you. (Applause.)
Yes. Harder, I would think, because one of her children is handicapped. This woman has one hell of a tough row to hoe.
Moments later, with the same woman . . .
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, but nevertheless, there’s a certain comfort to know that the promises made will be kept by the government.
MS. MORNIN: Yes.
THE PRESIDENT: And so thank you for asking that. You don’t have to worry.
MS. MORNIN: That’s good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.
THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?
MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.
THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)
Only an elitist, Kennebunkport-raised, never-earned-a-decent-living-in-his-life snob would respond in such a way.
Here’s the thing, Mr. Preznit. When somebody has to work two or three jobs to make ends meet, it is not because we Americans have that yes-we-can spirit.
This woman is struggling — she has a handicapped child. It’s not "fantastic" that she has to work three jobs; it is tragic. Don’t wave a flag in her face — help her!