WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — President Barack Obama used comments from Rep. Virginia Foxx to drive home his point that college students aren’t getting financial help or sympathy from Republicans in Washington.
Obama said during a speech at UNC-Chapel Hill Tuesday that he “can’t imagine saying something” like Foxx said on the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show earlier this week.
Foxx said on the show: “I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there is no reason for that.”
She went on to say, “I remind people all the time that the Declaration of Independence says ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.”
A segment from the interview was posted onto Youtube by political blog ThinkProgress. Watch it on Youtube.
The congresswoman’s view brought on a presidential attack when Obama recited the quote but left out the dollar amounts during his Chapel Hill speech.
Foxx’s staff said she was talking about students with much larger debt than the national average of $25,000, unlike Obama.
Via email, Foxx told FOX8 Tuesday that “the President’s speechwriters misrepresented what I said. The President is doing his best to change the subject from the failures of his administration.”
Still, some college students said that, regardless of the amount, they are shocked by Foxx’s insensitivity.
“I don’t understand where that comment is coming from, because for someone like me–if go to graduate school–that is another $100,000 of debt on top of $60,000, which is where I am now,” said Yomi Adeyemi, a Wake Forest senior.
“After four some odd years of education, it’s going to take a while to pay those debts back, so I don’t think she was completely justified in saying that,” said Alexandra Leydecker, a Wake Forest sophomore.