It's possible, especially to folks paying close attention to fiscal cliff negotiations. But with polls showing support for tax hikes on the wealthy, he appears to be leveraging public opinion effectively.
Meet Tiffany Santana and her family: She’s a high school English teacher; her husband, Richard, is a porter at a local Toyota dealership; her mom is a child-care provider; and her dad is a postal worker.
This extended family – including the Santanas’ 6-year-old son, Noah – shares an apartment in northern Virginia. On Thursday, when President Obama came to visit, they became the face of middle-class America as he seeks to maintain the Bush-era tax cuts for all but the wealthy while negotiating to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”
“They're keeping it together, they're working hard, they're meeting their responsibilities,” Mr. Obama said at their Fairfax, Va., home. “You know, for them to be burdened unnecessarily because Democrats and Republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem gives you a sense of the costs in very personal terms."
If the Bush tax cuts expire on Dec. 31, the average middle-class family of four would pay an additional $2,200 in income taxes. To Ms. Santana and her family, that’s a month’s rent, she explains in a video put out by the White House.