Does President Obama's biography bear out claims that he rose from 'humble origins'?

Why did Thomas Schaller leave out John F. Kennedy as one of the rich and politically privileged presidents in his recent column on President Obama's humble origins ("The virtues of a president with humble origins," Oct. 31)?

First, we know nothing about Mr. Obama's early life. Who paid for his education and financed his early political career?

Second, most of our early presidents were well off and served out of a sense of duty as statesmen, not as professional politicians whose only job is to be re-elected.

Finally, if all our problems were former President George W. Bush's fault, why didn't Mr. Obama fix them when his party controlled Congress?

The only real achievement our president has made is to become a multimillionaire.

Dan Shannahan, Nottingham

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