The Real Deal New York

Self-made vs. a product of privilege

By Stuart Elliott | February 01, 2012 03:30PM

From the February issue: One fixture of every presidential election — including this one — is the battle between candidates over what they’ve earned and what’s been given to them in life.

Mitt Romney, son of a prominent politician and a product of the corporate establishment, like George W. Bush before him, has faced an uphill battle trying to shed that image. President Obama, on the other hand, may have challenges in the upcoming election, including diminished support from the business community, but he still has the advantage of his up-from-bootstraps life story. [more]