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Barack Obama: Refi pitchman

By Michelle Malkin  •  April 9, 2009 11:09 AM

(Photoshop via Barking Moonbat EWS)

On the radio this morning, I heard one of those pie-in-the-sky ads trying to convince people to sign up for some scheme to “improve their credit” and get a New Wii!

I swear, Barack Obama is going to be appearing in one of those commercials any day now.

Today, he’s your refi pitchman:

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hailed historically low interest rates, which he said could save homeowners who refinance their mortgages about $1600 a year.

“Rates are as low as they’ve been since 1971,” with the 30-year rate at 4.78%, Obama said after meeting with homeowners who have refinanced their mortgages recently. He attributed the decline in part to “extraordinary actions” taken by the Federal Reserve, and in part to actions taken by the administration.

Lower rates are prompting a flood of mortgage refinancings, which rose 88% in the past month, Obama told reporters. He estimated the average homeowner could pare hundreds of dollars a month, or an average of $1600 a year, by refinancing, and urged homeowners who haven’t refinanced to consider doing so.

“We hope that everybody takes advantage of it,” Obama added. He said between seven to nine million homeowners might qualify to refinance their mortgages at lower rates, putting more money in their pocket each month.


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