Obama to UAW: ‘Trying to Climb to the Very Top’ Is ‘Greed,’ Not What America’s ‘About’

Matt Cover | February 28, 2012 | 12:49pm EST
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In this photo taken, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. It’s looking like President Barack Obama may be back in the good graces of women after a drop in approval from this critical constituency late last year. His standing with female voters has been strengthening, polls show, as the economy improves, the nation’s mood brightens and social issues become part of the nation’s political discourse. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama – in a speech to the United Auto Workers union – said that “trying to climb to the very top” was not what America is “about,” saying that it was “greed” and that in reality “we’re all in it together.”

“America’s not just looking out for yourself, it’s not just about greed, it’s not just about trying to climb to the very top and keep everybody else down,” Obama said at the UAW’s annual National Community Action Program Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Instead, Obama – who climbed to the very top of American politics just three years ago – said that instead America was about being “all in it together,” and giving people “a hand up.”

“When our assembly lines grind to a halt, we work together, and we get them going again,” he said. “When somebody else falters, we try to give them a hand up, because we know [that] we’re all in it together.”

Obama also attacked critics of his bailout policies who say that saving failed companies does not reflect traditional American values.

“I keep on hearing these same folks talk about values all the time. You want to talk about values? Hard work, that’s a value. Looking out for one another, that’s a value. The idea that we’re all in it together and [that] I’m my brother’s keeper and [my] sister’s keeper, that’s a value,” Obama declared.

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Obama criticized what he called the “you-are-on-your-own philosophy” of his opponents, saying they were “anti-worker” and “wrong.”

“You know, this notion that we should have let the auto industry die, that we should pursue anti-worker policies in the hopes that unions like yours will buckle and unravel, that’s part of that same old you-are-on-your-own philosophy that says we should just leave everybody to fend for themselves,” Obama said.

“Not to put too fine a point on it – they’re wrong,” he added.

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