Some of you probably remember when Obama made his now-famous comment regarding people in rural portions of America sticking to "guns and religion" during economic downturns. John McCain came out and attacked Obama saying that his comments were elitist and it showed that Obama was out of touch. McCain is probably eating those words now. When asked in an interview conducted by Politico how many homes he owned, he replied, "I'll have my staff get to you." That's right, McCain does not know how many houses he owns and to find out, he'll have someone on his staff get back to you - he just doesn't have that kind of time because he's so damn important.
As news of McCain's ignorance began to spread, the number of homes people were finding in his possession kept going up like home foreclosures these past few months. First it was four, then seven, and finally ten. The Huffington Post says that he owns ten homes, ranches, condos and lofts at a total value of $13,823,269. In an economy where people are struggling simply to own one home, to own ten and not know how many you actually have is insulting.
On top of all this, however, is McCain's assertion during the Saddleback Civil Forum that $5 million is the cut-off for rich people in America. This is very ironic as in response to Obama jumping on McCain's ignorance, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers stated, "Does a guy who made $4 million last year...want to get in a debate about houses?" Well, under McCain's financial definition of what is rich, Obama is not, so Rogers' comments can simply be ignored.
I don't expect either candidate to live a normal life. Hell, McCain got rich by sleeping with a wealthy woman who was born the year that he graduated high school and inherited her roughly $100 million worth from her father. Obama and his wife Michelle did not marry into money like a lot of politicians (such as John Kerry - who was attcked for this) and made their own. Neither candidate is a member of the middle class, though one thinks that a $150,000 household income makes one rich and the other thinks $5 million makes one rich. One candidate owns so many homes that he can't keep them straight while the other owns one and knows it. Take a guess as to which one may be more in touch with the economy and how other people live. Peace.
Photos - John McCain, home-owner extraordinaire (Paste Magazine), Barack Obama, single-home owner (Times Online)