Representative Michelle Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, January 16, 2008: "I am so proud to be from the state of Minnesota. We’re the workingest state in the country, and the reason why we are, we have more people that are working longer hours, we have people that are working two jobs."
President Bush, speaking to a divorced mother of three in February of 2005: “You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that.”
UPDATE: After I thought about it a bit, something else about Bush’s quote irritated me: the American tic of identifying something as "uniquely American" or exclaiming "only in America!" after some rags-to-riches story. This is classic Frankfurtian bullshit: generally, Americans who say these things haven’t the faintest idea whether the stuff they’re describing really does happen only in the U.S., (usually because they have only the dimmest idea of what goes on in other countries).
To take Bush’s example, I’m sure there are lots of countries in which people who are trying to support a family might work as many as three jobs. India and China come to mind. While I was in the U.S., I lost track of the number of times I heard Barack Obama’s life (white American mother, black Kenyan father) described as an "only-in-America" story. As a friend exclaimed the 14th time we heard some TV announcer say this, "that statement is almost certainly demonstrably false." Nor, for that matter, was Bill Clinton’s life story of growing up in poverty with a single mother and becoming leader of his country particularly exceptional; look at Brazil and Germany. Get ready to hear any number of spurious "only in America!"s if Hillary Clinton is elected.
The only thing that might is "uniquely American" in all of the above, I’d say, is the idea that having to work three jobs is "’fantastic."