October 24, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, about a plan to increase oversight and crack down on manipulation in oil markets. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama
wasn't talking about Republican Mitt Romney when the president said
he "wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."
White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama has used the
phrase many times to describe his background. Carney says anyone
who thinks it might be a reference to them might "be a little over-sensitive."
The multimillionaire Romney is the son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, who was president of automaker American Motors
before he entered politics. Romney's campaign has said the candidate earned his wealth on his own after getting a business degree and entering the financial world.
Obama made the silver spoon comment during a speech Wednesday at an Ohio community college.
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