Six Other Political 'Let Them Eat Cake' Moments

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During Saturday night's debate, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney threw down the gauntlet. If Texas Gov. Rick Perry was so sure that Romney's autobiography contained damning passages, would he put his money where his mouth is? Say, $10,000?

The zinger didn't seem to have the effect that Romney's camp desired. Rather than focusing on Perry, the post-debate discussion zeroed in on Romney and whether the wealthy former venture capitalist, rumored to be worth as much as $250 million, really does makes cavalier wagers with tens of thousands of dollars.

Democrats quickly promoted the line on Twitter, noting what a difference $10,000 could make for the average American with the hashtag "#What10Kbuys." Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman registered the website www.10kbet.com to blast Romney, and Perry soon came out with his own television ads on the subject.

Romney's line wasn't the first time a pol reminded voters that members of the political class lead lives that are vastly different and more sheltered than the rest of us. In fact, it wasn't even the first time for Romney—earlier this year, he replied that $3.45 per gallon was a "good price" for gasoline, befuddling voters at an event in New Hampshire. Here are some other "Let them eat cake" moments from famous pols.

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