But something rather simple stood out to me. Here is what the President said when he was asked whether or not he had a mandate coming out of the election.
I've got one mandate. I've got a mandate to help middle class families and families that are trying hard to get in the middle class.I've been talking about President Obama's North Star for a while now. This is it.
There are those who constantly criticize the President for not talking about poverty enough. What they don't seem to realize is that this is how he does so...he frames it as being about those who "are trying hard to get in the middle class."
A few weeks ago this topic came up at a social gathering I attended. I mentioned that if you listen to President Obama - he always refers to those who are trying to get into the middle class rather than those who are living in poverty. Someone else talked about the fact that this is how people living in poverty tend to see themselves. It focuses on their aspirations rather than their current situation.
Today - once again - President Obama reiterated that he has a mandate to help them achieve those aspirations.