President Obama Mocks Paul Ryan’s Love of Ayn Rand

Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a campaign rally in front of the USS Wisconsin August 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia.
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"Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up," said President Obama when asked by Rolling Stone to speculate on how Paul Ryan's Rand obsession might affect his vice-presidency. The president continued:

Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we're only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we're considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that's a pretty narrow vision. It's not one that, I think, describes what's best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a 'you're on your own' society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party.

Apparently the president isn't aware that Ryan has already renounced his love of Rand, though it was earlier this year, not when he was a teenager.