White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that President Obama is the president of all Americans in a press conference Tuesday, responding to footage of Mitt Romney writing off the 47 percent of Americans whom he claimed won’t vote for him no matter what.
“When you’re president of the United States, you’re president of all the people,” Carney said, via Politico. “What unites us as Americans is far greater than what divides us.”
“You’ve heard the president say so many times, because he deeply believes it, that we’re in this together, all of us,” Carney said.
“When he made the decision against the advice of many to take action to save the auto industry, the president did not ask whether the 1.1 million Americans whose jobs would be saved had voted for him or against him. When he pressed for 18 small business tax cuts, he didn’t ask if small businessmen and women were Democrat or Republican. When he fought to pass health care reform, he didn’t wonder whether the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions who would be helped by this reform, who would be given security through the reform, were likely to be with him or against him in 2012. That’s just not how he thinks.”