FNC’s Baier Corrects Washington Post’s Claim Obama ‘Rare’ Product of Middle Class

File under: you read it here first. “The Washington Post ignored a few historical facts when it proclaimed in a front page article Wednesday that President Obama is quote, ‘a rare President who comes from the middle class,’” FNC’s Bret Baier pointed out during his Thursday “Grapevine” segment. Baier explained what escaped Post reporter Eli Saslow:
There have actually been many Presidents who hailed from the middle class. Lyndon Johnson was born in a small farmhouse and worked his way through college. Harry Truman worked for the railroad and lived in hobo camps. Richard Nixon's parents ran a grocery store. Ronald Reagan was born in a small apartment above a bank in Northern Illinois. His father was a salesman. And Bill Clinton was born to a widow in Hope, Arkansas.
Baier quipped: “So, maybe not so rare.”

On Wednesday, Tim Graham posted on NewsBusters: “WaPo's Saslow Claims Obama's a 'Rare' President with a Middle-Class Childhood.”

Baier’s item in the “Grapevine” segment on the Thursday, February 4 Special Report with Bret Baier:
The Washington Post ignored a few historical facts when it proclaimed in a front page article Wednesday that President Obama is quote, “a rare President who comes from the middle class.”

Well, there have actually been many Presidents who hailed from the middle class. Lyndon Johnson was born in a small farmhouse and worked his way through college. Harry Truman worked for the railroad and lived in hobo camps. Richard Nixon's parents ran a grocery store. Ronald Reagan was born in a small apartment above a bank in Northern Illinois. His father was a salesman. And Bill Clinton was born to a widow in Hope, Arkansas.

So, maybe not so rare.
Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center