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.