White House: Obama ‘Silver Spoon’ Comment Not Directed At Romney

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President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House announcing a plan to increase oversight and crack down on manipulation of the oil markets on April 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House announcing a plan to increase oversight and crack down on manipulation of the oil markets on April 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama wasn’t talking about Republican Mitt Romney when the president said he “wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama has used the phrase many times to describe his background. Carney says anyone who thinks it might be a reference to them might “be a little over-sensitive.”

The multimillionaire Romney is the son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, who was president of automaker American Motors before he entered politics. Romney’s campaign has said the candidate earned his wealth on his own after getting a business degree and entering the financial world.

Romney told Fox News Thursday that the comment was an attack on his father.

“I’m certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life,” Romney told Fox News.

Obama made the silver spoon comment during a speech Wednesday at an Ohio community college.

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