Obama responds to Santorum’s ‘snob’ jab?
February 27th, 2012
01:22 PM ET
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Obama responds to Santorum’s ‘snob’ jab?

Washington (CNN) – The White House repeatedly maintains President Barack Obama isn’t monitoring the day-to-day rhetoric Republicans fire at him on the campaign trail. But the president all but directly responded to Rick Santorum’s latest jab.

Over the weekend, during which the former Pennsylvania senator called Obama a “snob” for suggesting all young Americans should to go to college, Santorum told supporters in Michigan, “Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Education • President Obama • Rick Santorum
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  1. Seriously?

    Where is the president's response?!?! #reportingfail

    February 27, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Roscoe

    What the...? And this "response" was.... what exactly?

    February 27, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Santorum: pandering to low information voters since he started his political career.

    February 27, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I'm sure Obama will be setting up a four year degree as the next government entitlement plan. Why not? I'm sure the country can just borrow and tax some more.

    Maybe Obama should paying a tad more attention to the nations economic and jobs problem, or maybe gas prices and Iran? And keep his nose out of peoples personal educational choices. We don't need the Nanny-in-Chief telling us what we already know.

    February 27, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    " He wants to remake you in his image."
    -----------------------–
    OMG you didn't just say that Rick. Now is not the time for you to be sticking your foot in your mouth Rick. We need you to knock off Willard. Wait until you get the nomination to start saying bizarre, off the wall, ridiculous statements like that. Thanks!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    February 27, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Luke Brown

    Santorum is right! Too many Americans are getting educated and realizing what load of crap the Republican party has been dishing up over the years. It seems like the more educated people get, the more liberal they become. Learning too much can be a very real threat to our democracy. It is time to put an end to all this emphasis on etchucation.

    February 27, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So, Ricky... If you went to law school, etc., and you don't think just anyone should be able to go to college, (the implication is that just "special" people like you, should go) how do you get to give the other guy the label of "snob"? Seems like it applies more to you!

    February 27, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. diridi

    do not worry about GOP idiots. Obama2012.

    February 27, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Liili

    Rick Santorum is dreaming of taking his country back! But back from whom and from where? Wake up Rick.....for the majority of us, the country never left and we're working hard to re-elect Pres Obama and Vice_Presidenet Biden so our country never has to leave us!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 27, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Mikey

    So now the guy who wants to take all Federal AND State funding from our public schools, doesn't think it's a good idea to encourage people to go to college. It seems that the reason is that the more educated people are, the less they tend to agree with Santorum and other ultra-Social Conservatives. I guess they believe that an ignorant populous is a pliable populous. Jefferson, Franklin, and the other founders must just be spinning in the graves with all the attacks on the separation of church and state and push away from science and knowledge. The founders were the very type of intellectual elites that the right seems to despise so much.

    February 27, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Doesn't Santorum realize that he is callling institutions like Notre Dame and Georgetown bastions of liberal brainwashing?

    February 27, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. rs

    You gotta love the new GOP- anti-education, anti-science, pro fundmentalism. Sure, all evidence is that the more education one pocesses, the better tha chance they have to compete for jobs, and NOT suffer unemployment. The way the GOP hates the poor you'd think they would support education. Snobs indeed.

    February 27, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    Wow !! This is truly amazing ! Now the GOP is not only anti – everything else – but they are now anti – education ???

    February 27, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    rs – Amen to that!

    February 27, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. ST

    Do these GOP contenders want America to lead in everything even in: ignorance, poverty, crumbling infrastructure etc. etc.? Hard to believe.

    February 27, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Lee

    Makes sense to me. Lot of pretty blank, empty stares in your average Tea Party rally. An educated voter is a lot less likely to be a Republican voter!

    February 27, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    “Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image
    ------------------------
    Unbelieveable! Did he really say something this idiotic?
    "He wants to remake you in his image". It almost sound sacreligious doesn't it? Which I would not doubt was part of the intended tone of that ridiculous statement. That whole "image" reference is straight out of cathecism school. Another whistle. See them run.
    Remember when they wouldn't let our President speak to the school children for fear that he would "indoctrinate" them?
    These are your candidates GOP. Pathetically pitiful.
    Additionally, since when is it wrong for children and young adults to grow up wanting to be like their President?
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    February 27, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Spelling: that should've been SACRILEGIOUS. My bad.

    February 27, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Mindie from Indie

    This proves what I have always thought about the GOP – they all want you all sick, ignorant and poor. Much easier to buffalo you that way. Not anymore GOP – you're done.

    February 27, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Taran

    Imagine what the reaction would be any of the Republican candidates launched a ‘Whites for Romney’, ‘Whites for Santorum’ or ‘Whites for Gingrich’ campaign. There would be non-stop uproar. But Obama does the equivalent and gets a free pass.

    February 27, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The GOP wants the electorate dumb, hateful, unemployed, and broke.

    February 27, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Taran

    Imagine if Ron Paul announced a national campaign called ‘Whites for Ron Paul’ – he’d be vilified as a racist. And yet Barack Obama has done the equivalent of precisely that with his launch of ‘African Americans for Obama’.
    The program urges black Americans to volunteer their time by making calls, organizing events and going door to door in their neighborhoods encouraging other African Americans to vote for Obama. Not only is Obama playing the race card in an attempt to pressure black Americans into voting for him, he is also violating the separation between church and state. In the video promo for the campaign, Obama urges black people to pressure churches into supporting his administration by getting his message out via “the faith community”. He also calls on voters to become “congregation captains”.

    February 27, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Mindie from Indie

    In Spite of what the GOP constantly drums- it is they who are dividing the country. Imagine if Obama said "oh don't go to colleges – they just warp your minds." Good Grief no wonder Obama is in double digit leads against ALL gop contenders.

    February 27, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. diridi

    Folks, let us all work hard till we get our buddy, Obama in office. Pres.Obama for Middle Class. These Republican idiots are for loot and cheat....stashing money in Cayman Island, and religion zealotry....Obama2012.
    PS; We will fight back we will work hard till Nov.

    February 27, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @ Taran

    Worst red herring post I've seen in a while. . . also, +1 what Mindie from Indie wrote.

    February 27, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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