Just an average, ordinary retooled homemaker...who happens to be a Democratic campaign staffer

During President Barack Hussein Obama's (D) State of the Union class warfare clarion call Tuesday night, he justified his proposed redistribution policies by describing an average young couple.  As the cameras panned to a long haired woman seated next to Michelle Obama, Obama's voice over told of two young lovebirds who married, were working--he in construction, she waitressing--and then had a baby.  An American success story. 

But the husband lost his construction job, the wife took out loans for...yes, community college to retrain for an unmentioned new career and lo and behold! everything fell into place once again.  By sacrificing for each other the husband got a better job as did the wife--unmentioned again, they had another baby and bought a home.  Why, now they can even celebrate once a week going out for pizza Saturday night.  An Obama American success story.

America, Rebekah and Ben’s story is our story. They represent the millions who have worked hard, and scrimped, and sacrificed, and retooled. You are the reason I ran for this office. You’re the people I was thinking of six years ago today, in the darkest months of the crisis, when I stood on the steps of this Capitol and promised we would rebuild our economy on a new foundation. And it’s been your effort and resilience that has made it possible for our country to emerge stronger.

Uh, not exactly.  Because--and oh, what not a surprise!--according  to Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon that retooled waitress next to Michelle, Rebekah Erler, is "apparently the only economic success story in Obama's America."

Unmentioned in the White House bio of Erler is that she is a former Democratic campaign operative, working as a field organizer for Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.).

This also wasn’t the first time the White House used the former Democratic campaign staffer as a political prop. Obama spent a “day in the life” of Erler in June so that he could have “an opportunity to communicate directly with the people he’s working for every day.”

Reuters revealed Erler’s Democratic affiliations following that June event, and the Minnesota Republican Party attacked Obama for being “so out of touch with reality that he thinks a former Democrat campaign staffer speaks for every Minnesotan.”

Obama used Erler as an example that the economy is getting better.

Oh, and Rebekah's husband Ben, the sacrificing construction Husband of the Year worker who is now thriving and is part of Obama's "our story."  Well, definitely not my story and maybe not yours.  Unmentioned also as to why perhaps Ben Erler lost his job...he drinks a lot and has been cited quite often for DUI.  That is not recommended for continuing employment in construction jobs. 

“I want to thank Rebekah for not just the introduction and for sharing her story but for letting me hang out with her and her family for the last couple of days,” the President said in his remarks. “I really like her. And her husband is like the Husband of the Year.”

A reader sent me a tip about Mr. Erler,  noting that he’s hardly “husband of the year” material. Mr. Erler was charged and convicted of driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia in 1998.

If that was his only criminal charge,  you could chock it up to a bad decision. Unfortunately,  Mr. Erler would be tagged with DUIs again in 1999 and 2004. In 2005,  Erler was even charged with driving on a canceled license,  which was suspended due to his dangerous driving record.

O-o-o-o-h!  Well, his troubles were in the President George W. Bush (R) years; further proof of the changes wrought by Obama.  Yeah!

hat tip:  Instapundit