During a recent trip to Whole Foods where I purchase my groceries with some regularity, a thought popped into my head. In 2007, Barack Obama famously told Iowa farmers,
“Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.” – Then-Senator Barack Obama, 2007
Source: New York Times
Republicans used this opportunity to paint a picture of Barack Obama being elitist and out-of-touch with middle America. That line of attack has continued through Obama’s Presidency from Republicans at every turn. The premise from Republicans is that Obama lives in an ivory tower in academia far away from the realities of everyday Americans and it is the Republicans who truly understand the struggles of working families.
So in 2012, in order to draw a sharp cultural and ideological contrast to the President so that voters can have a clear choice and a real debate on philosophies, the Republicans nominated…
Are you kidding?
Both parties are elitist and out-of-touch with reality and it is the nation that is taken for a ride.
(Editor’s Note: I first tried arugula at Red Rocks Pizzeria in DC in the summer of 2008. I was a supporter of Barack Obama at the time because Hillary Clinton just lost the Presidential nomination and Sarah Palin had not yet been nominated for Vice President. I found arugula quite tasty. Thanks, Mr. President!)
Babbin, Jed. (August 12, 2008). “Obama’s Arugula Gap”. Human Events. Retrieved from http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=27978
Daily Kos. (January 15, 2012). “When Mitt Romney Came to Kansas City”. Retrieved from http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/15/1054751/-When-Mitt-Romney-came-to-Kansas-City
Zeleny, Jeff. (July 27, 2007). “Obama’s Down on the Farm”. New York Times. Retrieved from http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/27/obamas-down-on-the-farm/