President Obama apparently doesn’t know his English Literature very well (apparently on par with his knowledge of macroeconomics) if all he can do is sputter out “Robin Hood In Reverse” as a put-down of Mitt Romney.
Here’s a brief summary of the Robin Hood character.
Robin Hood is typically seen as a contemporary and supporter of the late-12th-century king Richard the Lionheart, Robin being driven to outlawry during the misrule of Richard’s brother John while Richard was away at the Third Crusade.
The “reverse” (those knowledgable in literature call such characters a “foil” or “antagonist”) of Robin Hood would be Prince John. Robin Hood didn’t steal from the rich and give to the poor. Robin Hood reclaimed the people’s wealth from the government that had over-taxed them and gave the people their money back. The people were poor because Prince John had sent out his tax collectors to take the people’s money from them.
As Human Events notes:
The system Robin Hood opposed bore little resemblance to modern free-market capitalism, because the upper echelons of the wealthy were, almost inevitably, also members of the feudal government. Actually, that bears more resemblance to Obama-style “crony capitalism” than actual capitalism. If Robin Hood were around today, he’d be robbing from General Motors and Solyndra, so he could return the money to taxpayers.