Then this week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Michelle Obama spoke about the early days of her marriage, when student loan payments cost the couple more than their monthly mortgage payment. “We were so young, so in love, and so in debt,” she said.
Obviously, both of these women had political reasons for bringing up these decades-old memories. And, yes, both speeches have been criticized. But I was struck by Romney and Obama’s similar comments about making ends meet in their 20s. It seems that being a broke 20-something has become a required stage of life, a universal experience of sorts that older generations like to reflect fondly upon.
I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on that in the comments section below. But, first, here are some excerpts from transcripts of the two speeches:
Then our first son came along. All at once I’m 22 years old, with a baby and a husband who’s going to business school and law school at the same time, and I can tell you, probably like every other girl who finds herself in a new life far from family and friends, with a new baby and a new husband, that it dawned on me that I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into.” (Full transcript)
When it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, Barack knows that like me, and like so many of you, he never could’ve attended college without financial aid.
And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage. We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.” (Full transcript)
What about you? For those who haven’t been a 20-something in decades, what lessons did you learn during those years? And for those still struggling through, what are you learning along the way?
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