When President Obama was in Chapel Hill Tuesday, he took aim at the remarks of GOP Congresswoman Virginia Foxx without mentioning her by name – and didn't quite quote her correctly.
During a speech at Carmichael Arena, in which the president was touting keeping student interest rates on federal loans from doubling, he quoted the North Carolina congresswoman.
“One Republican congresswoman said just recently – I am going to quote this because I know you guys will think I'm making this up. she said she had ' very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there's no reason for that.''
“I am just quoting here,” Obama continued. “She said, students who rack up student loan debt are just sitting on their butts, having opportunity 'dumped in our lap.'' Now can you imagine saying something like that?''
The remarks of Foxx, who is chairwoman of the house Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, were reported in the Huffington Post. She made them on the Gordon Liddy Show.
And what she said was different from what the president said she said.
“I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there's no reason for that,” Foxx told the radio show. “We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' You don't sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.''
Foxx worked as a janitor in her high school in the Bronx, according to the Huffington Post. It took her seven years to get her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968 at age 25 without borrowing any money, according to Huffington Post.