Now, let me tell you, another thing we’ve done is to make long-overdue investments in upgrading our outdated, our inefficient national infrastructure. We’re talking roads. We’re talking bridges. We’re talking dams, levees. But we’re also talking a smart electric grid that can bring clean energy to new areas.
The strength of our economy can be measured by the strength of our middle class.
President Barack Obama 
Washington adores the middle class, and politicians seeking reelection are making a special effort to convey the middle class’s bedrock importance. The president began fighting for the middle class even before he assumed office:
As president, Obama will fight to modernize government policies to secure and expand the middle class.
And just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation.
President Barack Obama, September 11, 2010 
We have been subjected to a hell broth of sanctimony occasioned by an opportunistic New York imam and a publicity-grabbing Florida preacher who lost a gamble and found himself waiting for an audience on his target’s home turf.
For 6 in 10 seniors, Social Security provides the majority of their income. Yet, the benefits are modest. The average Social Security benefit for a retiree is just $14,000 a year.
Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Early Pomeroy, July 15, 2010 
You should have the peace of mind of knowing that after meeting your responsibilities and paying into the system all your lives, you’ll get the benefits you deserve.
North Korea began developing nuclear weapons as an NPT party before announcing its withdrawal from the treaty. And Iran is flouting the rules, seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability under the guise of a peaceful enrichment program.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton 
Well, what I’ve said consistently is, is that it is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon, that we’re going to do everything we can to prevent that from happening.