Speaking to a crowd in
The old pay stub that the dairy owner carries around "looks like the paycheck I got when I was working at Baskin-Robbins," the president said of the job he held when he was a teenager in Honolulu.
When an audience member called out that the idea is "just common sense," Obama picked up the refrain, laughed, and repeated it over and over again.
"It's just common sense!" he said, as the crowd howled. "That's all it is! It's just common sense! That's all I'm saying."
The seemingly off-the-cuff riff came as Obama delivered a message he has given time and again during the last two months. The nuts and bolts of the address were the same as before. He noted that he has ordered federal contractors to pay their employees $10.10 an hour and called on
"When folks are still struggling to find work in this economy, why would we make that any harder?" asked Brendan Buck, the spokesman for the Ohio Republican.
Obama repeated his usual talking points Wednesday afternoon. But in the
Republicans are so opposed to everything he does, he joked, that he's thinking about taking a stand against the minimum wage to see if that will get them on board.
"Republicans don't want want to vote," he said, making fun of one GOP argument he said he has heard -- that it's time to repeal the current minimum wage.
Doug Wade, former burger flipper and current president of Wade’s Dairy in
Wade, according to the president, writes opinion pieces and talks to elected officials about raising the standard of living for workers. Wade spoke at a public event in February in favor of wage increases and said his business has 48 employees who all earn more than $10.10 an hour, according to the Hartford Courant.
"He spent most of his life as a registered Republican," Obama said. "This is not about politics. It's about common sense."