The writer of the Jan. 29 story about presidential wealth shows very little knowledge about George Washington's wealth and would be well advised to read "Washington a Life" by Ron Chernow.
Since Washington won't be running in November, let's look at what we do know about the probable candidates, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and their wealth.
Taking them in order: Romney has been vetted extensively, and the public is aware of this. We know he worked for more than 25 years and was quite successful. We also know that he managed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and served as governor of Massachusetts -- without compensation. Romney's latest tax returns indicate he contributed nearly 30 percent of his income to charity.
Now we come to Obama. His reported wealth is $2.2 million to $7.5 million. Any report with a spread of 240 percent is interesting in itself. Since Obama has never been subjected to vetting anywhere near previous presidential candidates, it seems only reasonable that the voters be made aware of the sources of his wealth. His employment has been mainly in the public sector, a state and U.S. senator, as well as president.
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The Jan. 29 story reads more like a denunciation of Romney and a commercial for Obama, as well as an insult to George Washington.
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