Struggling Mom From SOTU Is Actually a Former Dem Operative
In making his case that families need more help from the government, President Obama told the story of Rebekah Erler in his State of the Union address Tuesday
Well, it turns out that Erler is actually a former Democratic campaign staffer that has appeared at previous Obama events.
Erler once worked as a field organizer for Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
In his address, Obama made it seem like he learned about Erler's situation out of the blue after she wrote him a letter explaining her family's financial troubles.
Gretchen Carlson discussed the details surrounding Erler with Fox News contributor Guy Benson on "The Real Story" this afternoon, asking whether this is really an issue.
Benson remarked that Erler's past is not a "giant surprise," because the SOTU is often more like "political theater."
He said ultimately, people have already "sort of moved past" the speech and doesn't think this tidbit really moves the needle much.
"This president has had an anecdote problem dating back, most memorably to the 2009-2010 health care debate when a number of stories he told in support of ObamaCare turned out not to check out when the facts were examined, including a story about his own mother," Benson said.
Carlson explained that she is not pleased with how Erler was used during the State of the Union.
"The part that bugs me about this is that there are probably hundreds of thousands of women who could have actually written that letter," she stated. "Who actually do exist and haven't worked for a Democratic campaign before. So it just seems kind of sloppy."
Watch the discussion above.