Obama Adviser Says President Best For Middle-Class

A presidential campaign adviser says that Barack Obama can tap into the frustrations typified by the Occupy Wall Street movement better than any Republican rival in 2012.

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tells NBC's "Today" show Obama "is out there fighting for the middle class."

Gibbs says "we're seeing now a lot of anxiety and frustration" across the country because of income disparity.

Asked if this economic unrest will mostly likely benefit Obama in next year's election, Gibbs said Obama has a better record than the GOP in defending the middle class. Gibbs also said that "every one" of the Republican presidential candidates want to roll back Wall Street regulation.

He said the lack of sufficient rules to govern Wall Street is what "got us into this mess."


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  • by Former Middle Class Location: Greenville on Nov 3, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    Prior to President Obama's Administration our family's yearly salary was anywhere between $60,000 to $85,000. My husband lost his job, was laid-off about two years ago. He had worked for this company for 12 years. All unemployment benefits are long gone. And it wasn't an easy job, he worked M-F, many times 11hr days and sometimes 1/2 day on Saturday. Thank GOD I still have a decent paying job but still this economy has been a giant blow to us. My husband no longer has Health Insurance because to put him on my plan would have made our premiums $900/month and he is fairly healthy. That is more than our mortgage. We are fighting to save our home. And it is a modest home, nothing fancy. We are looking at possible forclosure before the holidays. I am a registered Democrat. BUT I will NOT be voting for President Obama or any candadite who shares his socialist/communist agenda. I am presently looking at Businessman Herman Cain and Physician Ron Paul. I wonder how many other Registered Democrats are disillusioned and will be voting for sweeping change in the next election? I want much smaller government. Less entitlement programs. I have literally sat in the middle of the living room floor and cried over the direction of our country. I bet I am not alone. It is mind blowing to think that I am working and we can't afford to put my husband on my health insurance plan and about to lose our home, but my taxes are paying for someone else to have a home and free or nearly free health care. People use to call me a BLEEDING HEART, no longer. Is there anybody else out there that can relate to my story?
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      by Dave Jordan on Nov 3, 2011 at 05:57 PM in reply to Former Middle Class
      email me at dave.jordan@witn.com
  • by Patsy Cline on Nov 3, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    Define Middle Class please.
  • by Scott Location: Washington on Nov 1, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    I am middle class......no pay raise in four years, property taxes up by 30%, increased medical costs, increased fuel prices, increase grocery prices. Seriously?
  • by Sick on Nov 1, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    I've read alot of these post and watched FOX,CNN,MSNBC,AND ETC...We blame Bush,Obama,Clinton,even Reagan and so on. What we need to do is look at ourselves because we are to blame.We all want this and that and if we cant pay with cash we just pay with a credit card, remember the credit card problem we were in a yera ago.If I cant pay cash well then i dont need it. This lead to the gov stepping in and the same with the housing market, buying houses we could'nt afford and yet again the gov steps in, and now the cost of college, yes the gov stepping in once again.We as Americans have become so greedy we will lie, cheat,steal, kill and so on just to make a extra dollar which isn't worth much now.Then we complain and ask the biggest lier's(Goverment)to help us out.Just look at this country and see how it is just falling apart.Not everone needs to go to college(maybe trade school) because who will do our manual labor, oh wait , all the illegals. They build houses,roads,work our fast food,land scapeing,and just about of our manual labor jobs,why, because America has become so lazy we just want a degree and a high 5 figue job, guess what that isn't working and now it's starting show.Sorry if i make some people mad but it's the truth, so it doesn't matter who vote for because they one person cant change the country WE THE PEOPLE have to make the change and just suck it up like big boys and girls.And yes Obama has got to go.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 1, 2011 at 09:42 AM in reply to Sick
      I agree, but one thing that I never heard in all of Bush's years, he never blamed it on Clinton or anybody else. It stands out so bad that it is the talking points in most that post here. Yet when you solicit them to give you the facts, the can't and don't. I consider it a sign of a shameless coward that would spend his entire term blaming it on the previous admin without one fact to support it. And to make things worse, the man quadrouples the spending of what Bush did in 8 years, in only his first year! So unlike some of the sheep that like to be played as a fool, I am not stupid enough to believe it was necessary. What do we have to show for it? We have scandalous bankruptcy of companies that borrowed money out of the stimulus that gave money to Obama. We have Obama wanting us to have a stimulus Jobs Bill, just like the almost trillion dollars spent...and now he wants more? And what do we have to show for it? No jobs, gas is still up, food is up, bills are up, property taxes are up, companies are moving to China due to EPA regs, is this what we paid nearly a trillion dollars for? And you want to spend more to do what? The same thing? Thanks, but no thanks, we have had enough of that stimulus hopus an changus stuff.
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        by Sick on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Like I said WE,which is in responce to ALL American's.You have people who want more reg's on the enviorment so they vote someone in to pass a bill which cost us money and so on and on and on and that goes for both parties.The country is starting to divide into many different many types of klans. You have the Latino,African Amercan,white,islam,india,china russia,and so on.Theres no stopping it and I see this country being a socialist country one day and the sad is some people want that.Your right we do not need another jobs bill of any bill of that nature and you know the sad part is these young people think that this job bill is great but wait untill they, their kids and so on have to pay it back while working for another country that owns the U.S. because our gov keeps borrowing money that they cant pay back.
  • by JT Location: Winterville on Oct 31, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    This man is the largest threat to ever face our nation. He is slowly (well pretty quickly) bringing us into socialism. The entitlements will soon create an uprising amoung the poor. Let the goverment not send out checks 1 week and crime will become a war on our streets. Right or Left you have to realize the well will dry up at Obama's pace.
  • by 40 on Oct 30, 2011 at 10:23 PM
    I'm in the middle, not much has changed, except the price of health insurance, tires and fuel have all gone up in price.
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      by me on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:46 AM in reply to 40
      If your fuel went up so did food, clothing, toilet paper, EVERYTHING you buy. I don't call that not much has changed....I call that everything has changed or in political terms...INFLATION. NOT good for the average citizen.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    The nation's ongoing economic downturn has sparked an odd response from a growing number of conservative and Republican leaders: a desire to blame the unfortunate and a demand for the poor to pay more. With the economy in its deepest crater since the Great Depression and the GOP pushed by the aggressively anti-tax Tea Party, the call to have the middle and working classes help the rich has reached levels not heard since Reagan-era attacks on the mythical "welfare queens." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/tax-the-poor-conservative-plan-occupy-wall-street_n_1064685.html?1319998619
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      by ECU student on Oct 31, 2011 at 07:20 AM in reply to
      are you saying that is a myth that millions of people live on welfare?
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:07 AM in reply to ECU student
        Huffingtonpost reader, that should pretty much say what needs to be about the poster...
  • by tug Location: new bern on Oct 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    Whats this "adviser" been smokin? I want some. Obama is killing the middle class just as hard as he can. The rich create jobs for Middle class to work. Good paying blue collar jobs. The rich are not creating jobs for the middle class because of Obama's policies. They got their money and are parking it in banks. Every business is in business to make money. Let them!! My job is to make my boss money. If he don't then I don't have a job.
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      by Dave Saunders on Oct 30, 2011 at 05:25 PM in reply to tug
      What specific policies are you ranting about? Or are you just posting Beck/Fox talking points? Please "list" these policies.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Oct 31, 2011 at 03:31 PM in reply to Dave Saunders
        Maybe you should tune in once and awhile so you wouldn't sound so out of touch. So all videos are touched up and sound bites are also tampered with and all quotes in writing are also doctored? We know why you don't want to tune in to Fox, you cannot handle the truth! So don't worry about those gobblins out there tonight...and don't worry about the man under your bed, Freddy Kruger...its the mythical world you live in. You just don't want to deal with the truth and facts. We get it.
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      by Somethings fishy on Oct 30, 2011 at 05:59 PM in reply to tug
      You stated earlier that you worked in Pa. and had to take a 10% pay cut, and your wife had to take a 20% cut. If thing are so bad for you, why are you in NC?
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      by uh on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:14 PM in reply to tug
      So blue collar jobs are for middle class? Unfortunately, this will leave millions of Americans under employed and kill our innovation and education systems. Further, under the Bush tax cuts, the rich have failed to create jobs. Look at policy, not at who is in office.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:11 AM in reply to uh
        Ug, spending is the problem. You cannot go on a massive spending spree and expect the rich to join you. Bush lead a realm of good economic times and prosperity. Obama leads a realm of caution and uncertainty.
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          by uh on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:20 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          4 million jobs created is not a realm of good economic times and prosperity. Obama then signed off on the same tax cuts. Spending as a percentage of GDP is scary, I'll agree with you there, but this short-sighted blame on one administration and one political party is exactly the distraction that bankers and corporations want.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 31, 2011 at 01:40 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          We are both on the same page with the spending issue, the reason the GOP stopped the Jobs bill was it wasn't a jobs bill, it was another spending stimulus bill. And now we find out how some of the first Stimulus money was spent on commercial money that was loaned the money and went bankrupt? Thanks but no thanks, no spending bill, come up with incentives only to allow companies to hire, I will go for that.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    I am a member of the Middle Class. Under Obama, neither i nor my wife have had a raise in salary. Gas prices have increased, food prices have risen, and there is no prospect in the immediate future for that to change. The apprasial value of our house has gone down. with that in mind, the Obama presidency has done nothing but hurt my family. I would describe him as an arrogant miserable failure who refuses to admit his mistakes
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      by tug on Oct 30, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to
      I'm in the same boat, I took a 10% cut earlier this year and my wife just took a 20% paycut. He's killing the middle class.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2011 at 06:10 PM in reply to
      How can any rank and file GOP member who is unemployed or has a family member or friend who is unemployed still support this joke of a political party that is so clearly fighting for only the top 1%. And of that 1%, 63% of THEM want higher taxes on the rich! So the GOP is only representi­ng the greediest, and most self-servi­ng sector of our population­. "Let them eat cake" isn't their battle cry. The GOP can only shout "let them eat dirt."
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        by ECU student on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:58 AM in reply to
        The real question is how can anyone who has a job support Obama and a party that wants to take our hard earned money to give away to people who are to lazy to work? If the rich are taxed more how does that help the middle class? It doesn't that only helps the welfare class.
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      by Lavon on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:35 AM in reply to
      You haven't got a rasise in salary? Looks like you need to find another job.
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        by Sam on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to Lavon
        Why does he need to? So he can pay for your food stamps?
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM in reply to Lavon
        According to the internet and statistics, 90% of people didn't get raises last year either. Apparently, the only ones that did were congress and some state workers. Some took paycuts and teachers lost pay too. lavon, can you tell the truth someday or will be like your president, a pathological liar? As reported by the N&O,the North Carolina State Senate appears to already be rejecting Gov. Perdue’s proposed “payback” to state employees for last year’s unpaid furlough of 10 hours along with her proposed pay increase. Senate leader Marc Basnight emphasized Tuesday that private sector workers have lost jobs, hours and benefits across the state. “You cannot give raises in that climate,” Basnight said during a news conference with the Senate’s top budget writer, Sen. Linda Garrou of Winston-Salem, and Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt of Asheville – all Democrats. Payroll and benfit expenses for state employees are the largest expenditure for the state budget. Thus it becomes inevitable that during years of budgetary deficits, worker salaries will be an unavoidable target for cuts or freezes. This episode should hopefully provide a valuable lesson for lawmakers: growing state government involves increasing the number of state workers and the long-term salaries, benefits and pensions that come along with them.
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      by Sam on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to
      Yeah Barack's sorry self has taken a little bit of a hit on my income. He will lie every time he opens his mouth.
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      by Terry on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to
      My husband and I are in the same boat as you are. Not only is this the first year in 10 years that I haven't gotten a raise but it is the first time in 20 years my husband has had no raise and all his overtime was cut out. I know numerous middle class people such as ourselves in the same boat. We have not been in this bad of a shape in over 20 years. Obama is destroying this country and the sooner he is out, the better. Your assessment on him is 100% correct. I can't even stand to look at him.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    Just a little list of what the great stimulus package brought us. $554,763 for the Forest Service to replace windows in a closed visitor center at Mount St. Helens $762,372 to create “Dance Draw” interactive dance software. $62 million for a tunnel to nowhere in Pittsburg, PA that even Governor, Ed Rendell called “a tragic mistake”. $1.9 million for international ant research. $1.8 million for a road project that is threatening a pastor’s home. $89,298 to replace a new sidewalk that leads to a ditch in Boynton, Okla. $3.8 million for a “streetscaping” project that has reduced traffic and caused a business to fire two employees. $200,000 to help Siberian communities lobby Russian policy makers. $39.7 million to upgrade the statehouse and political offices in Topeka, Kansas. $760,000 to Georgia Tech to study improvised music. $700,000 to study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity. $193,956 to study voter perceptions of the economic stimulus. $363,760 to help NIH promote the positive impacts of stimulus projects. $456,663 to study the circulation of Neptune’s atmosphere. $529,648 to study the effects of local populations on the environment… in the Himalayas. $500 million for an electric car company to make cars … in Finland. $7 million for four Oregon forestry services firms to hire no U.S. workers. And they say he is best for the middle class?
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