McCain and His Wife are Millionaires, but Obama is an Elitist

@devylan (695)
United States
August 21, 2008 10:43am CST
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080821/pl_politico/12685 Read the article and draw your own conclusions. I'm just curious to know your thoughts on this.
5 responses
@N4life (851)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I admire Obama for making his own money not marrying into it. McCain can not even pay his own taxes let alone run the economics of an entire country. He even admitted today that he does not know how many houses he owns. Obama just came about his money recently. How do you call someone an elitest who chose to work non-profit after graduation as opposed to a high powered law firm and then chose to teach which was still much less cash he could have made as an attorney. Obama talks about his life in "Dreams of My Father", if you read this and get elitest out of it you are simply making facts fit your agenda...period.
@devylan (695)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Thank you for that. Apparently, though, according to the responder above you, we are not using the proper definition of the term elitist. Hmmm... Maybe that person is an elitist. Lol.
• United States
22 Aug 08
The key quote from this article, "In recent weeks, Democrats have stepped up their effort to caricature McCain...." An elitist is someone who thinks that it's a sin to be rich...for everyone else who doesn't deserve it. But the elitist is justified because he DESERVES what he has. It may not even be money. Obama seems to think he should be President simply because he deserves to be President. He even drew up his own Presidential Seal. LOL On the other hand, Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world, could hardly be called an elitist. He lives in a regular neighborhood, he's giving away most of his fortune. I don't see him out flaunting his wealth. He isn't leaving tons of money to his kids.I hope that I could be like that when I become rich. Of course if Obama has his way that will never happen, Because of punitive taxation.
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• United States
22 Aug 08
Sorry for the DP. My stupid connx.
@N4life (851)
• United States
22 Aug 08
That's funny. Warren Buffet backs Obama for president, very good strategy for the Obama campaing to pursue.
@devylan (695)
• United States
22 Aug 08
Oops! I didn't give you the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/19/warren-buffet-backs-obama_n_102451.html Sorry about that! Lol.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I think some people fail to realize that income bracket does not make a person elitist. The last time this came up was when someone wanted to talk about how much money Cindy McCain spent with her credit card. Somehow the person who brought that up failed to bring up her charity work or the fact that she adopted a sick child from another country. Elitism is about attitude including a person's view of themselves, as well as how they view those whom they consider less than them. I've seen struggling actors who are barely pulling in enough money to pay rent that still have elitist attitudes towards lesser actors that have never been in a miniseries or movie.
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@devylan (695)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Okay, fine. I get that, but I've never noticed Obama viewing himself as being better than anyone, or that anyone else is lesser than him.
@N4life (851)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Many people from the small town I grew up in are bitter and took no offense to these remarks. He was simply saying elections should be decided on things like the economy and more pressing issues not just these issues.
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Well some were offended, some weren't. You'll notice I didn't bother to accuse Obama of being elitist in my posts because I don't know, nor do I care. I just don't like seeing McCain being accused of elitism based solely on his finances or homes when he is not nearly as wealthy as many other presidential candidates, nor does he flaunt his wealth.
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@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Devylan, While it may be true that John McCain's wife is quite rich, John is just moderately wealthy. Elitism has nothing to do with money but rather one's own perception of themselves on the totem pole so to speak! To give you a better idea of what "elite" means, here is a link to the dictionary meaning of the word. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elite
@devylan (695)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Well, thank you, smartypants. I am aware of that, but in the context of this election year, I'm pretty sure that's not what the media is intending elite to mean. Sheesh.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I'm not trying to give you a hard time dev, but what definition do you think they are using? If elite is going to be defined by income, or home ownership, then we'd need to know the exact income bracket or number of homes that would define a person as elite. No nominee from either party in my lifetime has ever been poor or middle class.
@devylan (695)
• United States
22 Aug 08
Taskr, I don't think they are using the true definition. The media has a history of twisting terms into meaning what they want you to think. I don't think you're giving me a hard time, though. Like I've said before, I thrive on controversy, and I love a good debate. Why do you think I even started talking about all of this stuff? I know there are going to be critics of my viewpoint, just as there will be people who wholeheartedly agree with me. That is a good thing. Anyway, the title of my post is just to grab people's attention, because the whole point of this site is so that when you post questions people will actually look at them and respond. It's like writing headlines on a newspaper. If they were never ironic, people would probably be less likely to look. That's my theory anyway, and so far, it seems to be working.
• United States
22 Aug 08
The key quote from this article, "In recent weeks, Democrats have stepped up their effort to caricature McCain...." An elitist is someone who thinks that it's a sin to be rich...for everyone else who doesn't deserve it. But the elitist is justified because he DESERVES what he has. It may not even be money. Obama seems to think he should be President simply because he deserves to be President. He even drew up his own Presidential Seal. LOL On the other hand, Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world, could hardly be called an elitist. He lives in a regular neighborhood, he's giving away most of his fortune. I don't see him out flaunting his wealth. He isn't leaving tons of money to his kids.I hope that I could be like that when I become rich. Of course if Obama has his way that will never happen, Because of punitive taxation.
• United States
22 Aug 08
Now it has come out that McCain owns ZERO houses. They all belong to his wife.
• United States
22 Aug 08
Several of which are not houses but condos. Isn't that what McCain said? Also John Signed a Pre-Nup.
@devylan (695)
• United States
22 Aug 08
Yeah, but he's still a senator, and therefore, still makes good money. But I never said Obama doesn't make good money, as well. I just don't see him thinking it is a sin to be rich for everyone else who doesn't deserve it. And for that matter, I think it's pretty awful for anyone who doesn't deserve it to be rich, too. Am I to be now considered an elitist? As far as the quote goes, they said the Democrats, as in the party itself, not Obama, and that's just because they are retaliating against the Republican party doing the same thing to Obama. This kind of retaliation has not been done by Democrats in the past, because they've always tried to take the higher road, but now it seems they're finally stepping up to bat, and quite frankly, I'm proud of them, because it seems to me that that is the language that the Republican party understands the most. Before anyone takes offense, I am not calling out any individuals here, and I am speaking in broad generalized terms because that is what this election year has come to.