Ann Romney appeared on Fox News this morning to respond to DNC adviser Hilary Rosen’s comment that Mrs. Romney never worked a day in her life. Romney told Martha McCallum “She should have come to my house when those boys were causing so much trouble. It wasn’t so easy. … My career choice was to be a mother. I think all of us need to know, that we need to respect choices women make.” She also said that the women she talks to on the campaign trail are concerned about the economy, jobs and the debt we’re leaving our children.
They played the clip of Rosen’s initial comments, and follow up comments this morning. Rosen said that many women don’t have the choice to stay at home and raise their children. I would say that in the Obama economy, there are even fewer moms who can make that choice.
Ann and Mitt Romney have been married for 42 years, they have 5 children and 16 grandchildren.
Speaking Friday at what the administration called “The White House Forum on Women and the Economy,” President Barack Obama said that after his two daughters were born, he and his wife—both Harvard Law School graduates—could not afford the “luxury” of having her stay home with the children.
In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income of $479,062. Barack Obama was paid a salary of $162,100 by the U.S. taxpayers, and Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Could your family “get by” on $162,000 per year?
Update: If you can’t watch the video for whatever reason, Business Insider has a pretty good recap.