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I just want to get a free check

President Barack Obama shakes hands with people waiting to meet him as he holds his shave ice outside Island Snow, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

During an address on extending unemployment benefits, President Obama said Tuesday he "can't name a time when I met an American who would rather have an unemployment check than the pride of having a job."

Maybe he never met one. But doesn't he at least watch HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"? I do. I'm a fan.

After hearing his quote, I thought of the episode from March of 2012 when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's daughter, documentary maker Alexandra Pelosi, showed a video of New Yorkers who wanted just that.

"Do you really want to work or you just want to get a free check?" Pelosi asks one guy in line at a welfare office.

"I just want to get a free check," he says.

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