Rep. Noem remembers her college graduation - last year
May 12th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Rep. Noem remembers her college graduation - last year

(CNN) – Rep. Kristi Noem is remembering something that many adults do at this time of year: her graduation.

But unlike for many 40-year-olds, Noem's college diploma came last year.

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Noem, a Republican from South Dakota, used the GOP weekly address to point out some challenges that many recent grads face in tough economic times. President Barack Obama delivered a similar message during his weekly address, encouraging Congress to pass a "to do list" of economic measures he proposed on Friday.

Calling his proposals "common sense," Obama explained his list: End tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs; pass mortgage refinance legislation; give small businesses that hire a tax break; extend clean energy tax credits; and create a Veterans Jobs Corps to help returning service members.

He asked supporters to pressure Congress to pass the legislation, because "each of the ideas on this list will help create jobs and build a stronger economy right now."

Noem placed blame for economic stagnation on Obama, who she said "is ignoring the tough choices and trying to distract from the real issues."

"The challenges young people and women face in this economy need to be addressed, not exploited for political gain," she said, touting the GOP’s “Plan for America’s Job Creators.” "If the president is truly serious about doing what's best for women, young people and all Americans, working on these jobs bills should be our focus."

Noem put her education on hold at age 22 to help on her family farm, and returned to South Dakota State University in 2008 to finish her degree. Obama will find himself on the other side of graduation exercises when he delivers a commencement address at Barnard College in New York on Monday.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Yonni

    In this DNA age a congress woman have no a diploma until last year, understanding complex issue must be difficult

    May 12, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  2. Jerry

    Well said young lady. It's always gratifying when someone has the big enough "bolas" (both Republican or Democrat) to call Mr. Obama on the carpet.

    Watch as Ms. Noem now becomes the object of ridicule and name calling by Democrats and the Mr. Obama spiked Kool Aid drinking supporters.

    May 12, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  3. RenDoc

    What on earth is she talking about??? I've come to the conclusion that these Republicans simply spout the opposite of whatever President Obama says or does whether it makes sense or not. Usually not.

    May 12, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  4. Pedro

    It is simple. Let's get congress to pass all those bills that will create jobs.

    May 12, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. joyce

    "Plan for America's Job Creators" won't work beause they will help themselves and not create jobs. Trickle down economics don't work. It has been tried before.

    May 12, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. fred ca

    Hmmmm...choosing family responsibilities over self gratification. Not blaming others. She would never make it through Georgetown Law. Of course since she shows integrity she probably would not be in law school.

    May 12, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Julia.

    Congragulations to the senator.

    May 12, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. Stuffit

    OMG, she is a Republican woman. She must be demeaned, debased and diminished. That is how democrat liberals in the racist, anti feminist, drug fueled rants treat Republican women.

    May 12, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. judy

    well her educastion did not do much for her. Wingnut through and through, If they don't know they make it up like rick does.

    May 12, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    Great, another trained GOP parrot. Tax breaks and deregulation doesn't create jobs (at least not in the states), all it does is increase the wealth of corporations and the wealthy, driving the wedge deeper into income inequality. Anyone that believes in "trickle down" economics is either incredibly ignorant, or is hell-bent on seeing the middle class joining the poor.

    May 12, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    "Noem placed blame for economic stagnation on Obama, who she said "is ignoring the tough choices and trying to distract from the real issues."

    Actually, the choice between working with the unreasonable, obstructionist, extortionate GOBP cult or working around them for the betterment of America really isn't a tough choice at all.

    May 12, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |