Obama Wants to Be 'Champion in Washington' for Some Americans, Not Others

November 5, 2012 - 11:35 AM

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President Barack Obama waves to the cheering crowd after speaking at a campaign event in State Capitol Square, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking in Concord, N.H., on Sunday, President Obama said he wants to be a "champion in Washington" for laid-off mill workers, restaurant owners, cooks, waiters and cleaning staff -- but not for the "folks at the top."

Obama, a former community activist, has made it clear throughout his campaign that he sees himself as a "champion" of middle class people, although his oath of office says he's supposed to be a champion of the U.S. Constitution.

"You know, the folks at the very top of this country, they don't need a champion in Washington," Obama said in Concord. "They’ll always have a seat at the table.  They’ll always have access and influence.  That's the way things work.  We understand that.  

"The people who really need a champion are the Americans whose letters I read late at night after I come up from the Oval Office, the men and women that I meet on the campaign trail. The laid-off paper mill worker who’s retraining at the age of 55 for a new career in a new industry -- she needs a champion. The restaurant owner who’s got great food, but needs a loan to expand and the bank has turned him down -- he needs a champion."

Obama then ticked off a list of people who need a "champion," and most of them happen to be in swing states:

"The cooks and the waiters and the cleaning staff working overtime at a Vegas hotel, trying to save enough to buy a first home or send their kid to college -- they need a champion." (Nevada is a swing state.)

"The autoworker who got laid off, thought the plant was going to close and then got called back, and now is filled with pride and dignity, building a great car -- he needs a champion." (Ohio is a swing state.)

"That teacher in an overcrowded classroom with outdated textbooks, digging into her own pocket to buy school supplies, and not always getting the support that she needs, but knowing every day she might reach that one child and make all the difference in that child’s life -- she needs a champion. (Wisconsin is a swing state.)

"All those kids in inner cities and small farm towns, in the valleys of Ohio, the rolling Virginia hills, the streets of Concord -- kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors or engineers or entrepreneurs or buisnesspeople or teachers or diplomats or even a president -- they need a champion in Washington.

"They don't have lobbyists," Obama continued. It's not clear what he meant next: "The future never has as many lobbyists as the vested interests in the status quo.  But it’s the dreams of those children that will be our saving grace.  It’s their dreams that will be the foundation of America."

Obama then urged the people of New Hampshire to turn out for him on Election Day.

The presidential oath reads: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Some presidents add, "So help me God," to the oath even though the phrase is not required by law.