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Weekly Standard: Obama Asks Students For An 'Amen'

President Obama asks students at UNC for an "Amen" over student loan debt on April 24, 2012.


Daniel Halper is the Weekly Standard's online editor.

At an event at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on April 24, President Barack Obama tried to rouse the crowd by asking for an "amen."

"The fact is that since most of you were born, tuition and fees at America's colleges have more than doubled," Obama said, "And that forces students like you to take out a lot more loans, there are fewer grants, you rack up more debt. Can I get an 'amen'?"

The students responded: "Amen!"

Obama continued: "The average student who borrows to pay for college now graduates with about $25,000 in student loan debt — that's the average, some are more. Can I get an 'amen' for that?"

"Amen," the students responded.

This sort of political religious revivalism has been a theme as the president and his supporters tour the country. Last week, Obama's wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, also used religious language to talk up the president. "I am so in," Michelle Obama said in Nashville, Tennessee. "I am going to be working so hard. We have an amazing story to tell. This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light."