Going to college? You snob!

So ... Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum thinks President Barack Obama is a “snob” for supposedly suggesting he would like to see everyone in the United States attend college.

A “snob” for suggesting people might better themselves.


Actually, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that President Obama ever made such a suggestion or comment.

Looking at the PolitiFact website would lead one to believe that the president never actually said anything of the sort.

Too bad.

If Obama didn’t say he would like to see all Americans furthering their education, he should have.

God knows, we could use a little more enlightenment — even if only intellectual.

Still, even if he had suggested a bit more college education would help a lot more people, how would that make him a “snob”?

I simply don’t understand Santorum’s thesis.

A “snob” is defined as:


1. A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position who dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class.

2. A person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people: “a wine snob.”

I can’t think how wishing better for your fellow citizens and their children could be equated with “A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position who dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class.”

Even if we look at the root source of the word “snob,” it just doesn’t fit in with Santorum’s claim.

“Snob” is argued to have come from the Latin phrase “Sine Nobilis” — without nobility. (Just the opposite of what it has come to insinuate today.)

Even with going back to the original definition, it’s hard to figure how this would apply to Obama.

Nevertheless, Santorum said Obama was a “snob” for wanting every American to attend college or university.

He later backpedaled commenting:

“His quote was that everybody should go to college ... you see there’s something different than saying people should have the opportunity to go to college. That’s fine. All my political career I’ve supported that. In fact, we do need a lot of people to go to college and get the education ...”

Then Santorum gets to the point: “… it was this attitude: that we know what’s best for you.”

First you say the president is a “snob’ for suggesting Americans should all go to college, (which he didn’t say), then you say his supposed comment was good, it was simply his attitude that was bad.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, let me enter into evidence the following.

The GOP team out campaigning seem to believe their “base” are a bunch of drooling idiots.

They fight to see who can best identify with “real America” — the folks out working up a sweat each day to bring home the bacon.

Fact is, however, the GOP list is filled with just the same “snobs” that Santorum slags off to the glee of his audience.

  • Newt Gingrich earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University in Atlanta after which he logged a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in the field of modern European history from Tulane University in New Orleans. While working on his dissertation — “Belgian Education Policy in the Congo 1945–1960 — Gingrich spent six months in Brussels. He joined the faculty of West Georgia College as an assistant professor in 1970 and later taught in the geography department at that same college.
  • Mitt Romney took classes at Stanford University for a year before taking part in a mission program with his church. He later attended Brigham Young University and earned a bachelor’s degree in English (with highest honors.) Romney later enrolled in a Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration program that was a joint offering of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He graduated with honors from the law school, and at the top of his class in the business school.
  • Ron Paul first attended and graduated from Gettysburg College, with a bachelor’s degree in biology before earning a doctor of medicine degree after attending Duke University’s School of Medicine.

And then there is Rick Santorum — the anti-snob.

  • Santorum first attended Pennsylvania State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science (with honors.) He also enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program at the University of Pittsburgh successfully graduating from that program in 1981.

Later, Santorum earned his law degree (with honors) from the Dickinson School of Law.

OK. And then ...

At some stage or the other, all of the above candidates have sniped at Obama for being part of the intellectual elite.

One thing is for sure, Santorum may not be a “snob” but considering his comments recently he certainly is a hypocrite.