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Was Obama's 'Silver Spoon' Remark Aimed At Romney?


A knife from what is believed to be the oldest complete set of silver cutlery in existence, is held above the set, at Christie's auction house, London, Monday Oct. 31, 2005. The rediscovered rare set of cutlery is estimated to realize between 300,000-500,000 pounds sterling (440,000-740,000 euro) when offered for auction in December. The German Basse-taille enamelled silver and parcel-gilt service, which appeared during a routine Christie's valuation in Europe, is dated 1615 and comprises of twelve knives, spoons, sweetmeat forks and three salt cellars. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Did he or didn't he? President Obama seemed to implicitly take a shot at Mitt Romney's privileged upbringing when, speaking of his own childhood at a campaign event Wednesday, he said he "wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."

His press secretary, Jay Carney, said Thursday that anybody suggesting so was "oversensitive," and the Huffington Post reported that Obama has used the phrase before.

The remark could have been a response to the refrain of Romney and other Republicans that Obama is out of touch with people who are losing jobs and homes.But Romney certainly interpreted it as an obvious attack on his background, arguing that the president was attacking his father George's success while looking to blame others for his own failures.

The moment highlights tricky rhetorical ground for the president.

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