Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) went after Newt Gingrich Wednesday for calling President Obama the "food stamp president." Gutierrez ran through a series of charts about food stamps, showing the rising cost of the program, and the
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) went after Newt Gingrich Wednesday for calling President Obama the "food stamp president." Gutierrez ran through a series of charts about food stamps, showing the rising cost of the program, and the increase in the number of people on the program.
Armed with facts, the Congressman has a little fun setting the record straight.
Can you guess which president owns the first chart, about the increase in people who get food stamps, and which president owns the second one, about the rising cost of the program.
I'm not going to tell you the answers, but I will give you two hints. There is a father and son in the answers, and neither is named Barack Obama.
Congressman Gutierrez closes his presentation with some eloquent words on hunger:
And here's another fact for Newt Gingrich, just in case his "food stamp president" name-calling was designed to make a political point that he wasn't quite so willing to come right out and say:
Of recipients whose race we know, 22 percent of SNAP recipients are African-American. And 34 percent are white. Because hunger knows no race, or religion, or age or political party. Hunger is color-blind.
So today I say thank you to President Obama.
From now on, my nickname for you, President Obama, is "The 'In America, kids shouldn’t be hungry' President."
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