Enough of this myth that Obama grew up in poverty
You see, even though back then Barack was Senator and a presidential candidate…to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger side door…he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small. . . .Yet, here is a guy who attended the Punahou School in Hawaii from fifth through twelfth grades. This school is often described as the school for the elite in Hawaii. During the 2012-2013 school year tuition is $19,200, though much of the cost is covered by the school's large $174 million endowment.
Michelle and Barack met when he was a summer associate at Sidley & Austin (he was between his first and second years at the Harvard Law School). It is possible that Barack didn't buy a fancy car because he only needed something for the summer or that he picked up a cheap table that someone else had thrown out for a similar reason, but summer associates at Sidley & Austin are paid extremely well. They are not living in poverty. He was attending Harvard Law School at the time. Life was not difficult for him.