Obama channels Elizabeth Warren

posted at 4:01 pm on July 14, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The President decided to take pity on the blogosphere, it seems. As we struggle through a hot July weekend and a news cycle about as dry as the drought conditions outside, he decided to throw us a small bone as the transcript was released from some remarks he delivered last night at a fire station in Roanoke, Virginia.

The basic message here is that the President just wants to help. Times are tough and employers are having a hard time creating jobs. (::: cough ::: regulations ::: cough :::) But if you happen to be a business owner, the President wishes you the best. His help and good wishes, however, come with one small caveat… just remember that you didn’t build that business, so don’t get too cocky.

(You’ll have to scroll almost all the way to the end to find this gem. Emphasis mine.)

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

I suppose this is the part where you remind them that when you jack up their taxes, it’s really just so you can give that money back to all the other people who actually built their business. But seriously, this is straight off the pages of Elizabeth Warren’s mind bending remarks from early this year. Those came crashing down around her ears, even in some Left leaning circles, so it’s a serious puzzler as to why Barack Obama would try to pick up that ball and run with it. Rather revealing, though.


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My take.

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Some days, when I hear juvenile claptrap like this, I relapse into disbelief that an incompetent fraud like Øbama could ever be elected president.

petefrt on July 15, 2012 at 8:04 AM

It’s really getting impossibl;e to bear having a president who know absolutely nothing.

curved space on July 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I’ve said this before, and I admit that I don’t believe it can be said enough – our 0bamessiah cannot speak intelligently on any topic.

Ok, thinking about that for a moment before I posted, I did come up with one exception – “chooming”! And, thinking more, that comes with the caveat that speaking “intelligently” about chooming is like winning a gold medal in…I won’t finish that, because it’s not my desire here to humiliatingly stoop to the level that our Embarrassment-in-Chief Himself did when making a remark about His own bowling score on the March 19, 2009 episode of “The Tonight Show”. :)

Bizarro No. 1 on July 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM

My take.

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Good take, but I want to say that I don’t believe it was harsh enough. 0bamessiah’s statement, which showed contempt for personhood, was sub-Marxist, as Marx believed in universal sufferage, and the freedoms of the press and association, for instance. Yes, that does mean He’s less principled than Marx!

As He did with His GM/Chrysler takeovers, 0bamessiah reminded us that He’s a thieving, fascist Jacobin with those statements…

Bizarro No. 1 on July 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Bizarro No. 1 on July 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM

You’ve made a good point. Just as in Marxist Russia, the individualism of the Proletariat is sublimated for the growth of the Politboro.

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 10:10 AM

So who’s the somebody ? We knew what O means, and Warren also, the Government. Can you imagine a new business being run like the federal government? Obama is telling us to be ready to ante up more tax money to that source of life.

arand on July 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Everything good flows from the State.
EVERYTHING!!!!!!1!1

That is all, Comrades. Back to work.

iurockhead on July 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM

60 some years into my life… Never, ever thought I’d ever hear a President of the United States say the things he does.

fistbump on July 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Bill Gates doesn’t deserve any credit for Microsoft’s existence, does he? That’s why Steve Jobs’, and all other living persons’ names on the planet at the time it began, are associated with it! Let’s remove Louis Pasteur’s name from “pasteurization”, too, shall we, because Louis is not the person responsible for the idea, somebody (everybody!) else is, right?!

I thinking more bridges, roads and public education, not patent rights! were does that come from? quote me? straw man?

Are you smart enough to understand what “create”, “invent”, and “build” mean, and the impact the meaning of those words carries in the real world? If you can’t/won’t walk back from your childish, selfish, idiotic commentary, and deal precisely with why 0bamessiah’s comments here are legitimately called “insane” and “offensive” by reasonable people, you prove yourself to be an idiot of the first order.

Bizarro No. 1 on July 15, 2012 at 9:05 AM

is the goverment responsible for building basic infrastructure in the country? even the repubs voted for it recently, what is the shock here?
this country was never a 100% libertarian, although its the most libertarian country in the world, but still it has and had numerous big goverment programs that might be called socialist\marxists by the standards of todays hotair commentariat.

the real reply to obama is that no more taxes are needed, instead you need to cut or restructure inefficient government programs and that we can do more with less at federal level.

regarding who in the country should pay more taxes? you will be surprised to find out that most ppl will care little about the “socialist theft” of the “rich” with a few more % in taxes. so this rethoric by obama will work…

nathor on July 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

So if the Obama daughters make a perfect score on the SAT, all the credit goes to the teacher? The college scholarship awarded for outstanding academic achievement goes to the townspeople who built the school? The janitor who cleaned the desks? Surely the bus driver deserves an award and a dorm room…

TN Mom on July 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

He can’t possibly mean the voters are smarter than he is.

TimBuk3 on July 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

…so it’s a serious puzzler as to why Barack Obama would try to pick up that ball and run with it.

I think I’ve solved it: He’s a dope.

melanerpes on July 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Spoken like a true semi-literate, maleducated, lazy, good-for-nothing narcissist…

Pest on July 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

My take.

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

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Awwwwwwwwwww YEEAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ! ! !

Dittos to the first three commentators to that on your site, as well.

: )

listens2glenn on July 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a President have so much absolute contempt for successful people in my life. Basically he said:

- You didn’t work harder than anyone else, so you don’t deserve your success.

- You’re not smarter than anyone else, so you don’t deserve your success.

- Public infrastructure is the reason you succeeded.

Never mind that as a tax-payer you have a right to the use of public infrastructure. Never mind the risk you take with your own capital without government assistance. Never mind the courage it takes to be willing to compete in the marketplace with no backstop.

This guy has no clue of what it takes to start and run a business. Bill Ayers must be beaming with pride at his pupil.

One thing I have learned about nearly all leftists, whether they are academics, environmentalists, or bureaucrats; they never had the courage to compete in the marketplace and risk everything, and they are envious of others that have this courage and succeed. Rather than admit this they decide to condemn capitalism as “unfair.” I would feel sorry for them if they weren’t such a$$holes.

goflyers on July 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Judging fairly on his words and deeds, it is undeniable that we the people elected a person that has proven himself to be the most dim and incapable president in our history – especially with respect to our economy.

And that we elected him – and may well re-elect him – points directly to the root cause of what is wrong with our nation.

DrDeano on July 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

In short: All your stuff are belong to us.

Y’know what, Mr. Obama, you’re right. I didn’t get here all on my own. It took hard work, a lifetime of sacrificial and wise decision making, parents who valued education, and, most of all, the abundant grace of God. You never helped me one bit, in fact you did everything you could to get in my way. I owe much to many people, especially God, but none to you. And now you want to take credit for my success and reap what you did not sow? Molon labe, fascist.

xuyee on July 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I thinking more bridges, roads and public education, not patent rights! were does that come from? quote me? straw man?

It wasn’t a “straw man”, it was a misreading of what He meant, due to a lack of thoroughness on my part – I did not believe that He was referring to infrastructure only, and I ended up being overly harsh by perceiving that He was completely dehumanizing individual achievement.

However…there’s no doubt that he was depersonalizing individual achievement in favor of communization of it, which shows logical retardation on His part – His stupid, muddled, collectivist reasoning is the same as kind as was used by His fellow travelers in the Wickard case to expand the CC beyond a reasonable, meaningful limit.

regarding who in the country should pay more taxes? you will be surprised to find out that most ppl will care little about the “socialist theft” of the “rich” with a few more % in taxes. so this rethoric by obama will work…

nathor on July 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

That’s a ringing endorsement – what a BIG surprise to find out that many selfish people in this country would choose to force wealthier people to subsidize their own, more meager lifestyles, when presenting them with the opportunity to do so!

What objective principle is a mob of envious people operating under when telling those wealthier than them what % of their own money should be theirs to keep, and what % should not?

Bizarro No. 1 on July 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

…it’s a serious puzzler as to why Barack Obama would try to pick up that ball and run with it.

Not that puzzling. Obama is simply coming out of the closet as a socialist. I have concluded he is a neo-Marxist.

Apparently he thinks the country is majority socialist, anti-capitalist, and greedy for more wealth redistribution (or just plain stupid).

He thinks a majority of private sector “workers” in the country have a dim view of the ownership of the corporation/company/people they work for, of banks, and of the “rich”. He thinks a majority believes they are being exploited by the businesses they work for and that business owners unfairly benefit from the fruits of their labor.

He is going all out to paint Romney as “on of them”. He is selling himself as their champion and advocate. His attacks on Romney and Bain are essentially attacks on capitalism. Bain is a proxy. Capitalism is the real target. And Romney is a capitalist who represents some of the worst of capitalism.

This is straight up populist Marxist socialist stuff. It was common and almost mainstream stuff around the world between the world wars in the 20th century, though not as much in the US. After WW II and the reality of life behind the Iron Curtain became common knowledge, not so much.

He is betting on a resurgence of socialism and anti-capitalism in the US. He is trying to feed it and lead it. The question is, is he right?

farsighted on July 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM

“Give something back.” Yes, like salaries, benifits, profit sharing. We already have that.

CrustyB on July 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

My take.

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Just got around to this … SUPER !

pambi on July 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM

So I did not build my own business over the last 25 years but Obama PERSONALLY swam over to Pakistan and slew bin Laden. His only real mistake is not talking to us enough about all his glorious successes. Glad I’ve got that straight now.

LarryinLA on July 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM

A list of things the left desperately hopes that we don’t notice:

1) The government does not equal society.

2) Taxation is neither voluntary nor charitable. It is coercive, and a free society should have only the minimum necessary amount of coercion.

3) Despite us all having the same government, we are not all successful.

4) Most of government is transfer payments, not shared services. Roads and police are excellent roles for government, but they are just a small fraction of the budget and we certainly don’t need extra taxes to pay for them.

5) The primary goal of liberal governance is to fuel the ever-hungry Democrat patronage network, and that is where your taxes, so generously given, will go. It only ever goes to The Poor™ or “investments” insofar as they belong to said network.

xuyee on July 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

After speeches like this it hits me how much we will miss Andrew Breitbart. Keep up the good work Jazz.

LarryinLA on July 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

In short: All your stuff are belong to us.

xuyee on July 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

You’ve hit the nail squarely on the head. That’s EXACTLY what it all boils down to.

clayj on July 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

This is such a disingenuous argument. Businesses gladly pay taxes for needed public infrastructure, for schools that train employees, for courts that settle disputes. The question in this campaign is whether or not to raise taxes to pay for more food stamps, for more people to go on Medicaid, for richer union benefits, for grants and loan guarantees to connected “green” start-ups (while stifling more affordable energy sources like natural gas, oil, and coal). How are those expenditures going to help someone build a business?

Heywood U. Reedmore on July 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Just the typical marxist drivel one would expect to hear in a 60s college bull session.

Did you ever notice that when you combine the words “the IRS”, it spells “THEIRS”.

SpiderMike on July 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

It is an old chestnut of the left, that conservatives hate everything government does.

Sheerq on July 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM

The private sector is generally more incompetent than the public sector.

crr6 on June 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

It wasn’t a “straw man”, it was a misreading of what He meant, due to a lack of thoroughness on my part – I did not believe that He was referring to infrastructure only, and I ended up being overly harsh by perceiving that He was completely dehumanizing individual achievement.

However…there’s no doubt that he was depersonalizing individual achievement in favor of communization of it, which shows logical retardation on His part – His stupid, muddled, collectivist reasoning is the same as kind as was used by His fellow travelers in the Wickard case to expand the CC beyond a reasonable, meaningful limit.

i not sure what to think about this, I believe both in individual and group effort(comunal?) in order to reach greater achievements. never i saw it in such absolutist logic of individualism against “collectivism”.

regarding who in the country should pay more taxes? you will be surprised to find out that most ppl will care little about the “socialist theft” of the “rich” with a few more % in taxes. so this rethoric by obama will work…

nathor on July 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

That’s a ringing endorsement – what a BIG surprise to find out that many selfish people in this country would choose to force wealthier people to subsidize their own, more meager lifestyles, when presenting them with the opportunity to do so!

What objective principle is a mob of envious people operating under when telling those wealthier than them what % of their own money should be theirs to keep, and what % should not?

Bizarro No. 1 on July 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

i did not endorse such view, but envy is not the only angle, there is also justice, meaning, if not all rich get their higher status in a way that most population will consider fair… they will have not problem in imposing retribution trough taxation(if they have the democratic power to impose those taxes)… banks and financial speculation comes to mind.

nathor on July 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Community Organizer in Chief. Everything BHO has achieved has obviously come from the direct help of someone else. His success couldn’t possibly have come from his own time, money and talent…or lack thereof.

HoosierStateofMind on July 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

regarding who in the country should pay more taxes? you will be surprised to find out that most ppl will care little about the “socialist theft” of the “rich” with a few more % in taxes. so this rethoric by obama will work…

nathor on July 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Unfortunately, nathor is correct. Populism works to get leftists power every time it’s tried. The problem with the argument put forth is the definition of “a few more %”. Nathor knows that there is no “%” that will ever be enough. All leftists know that they will never be satisfied until there are no more wealthy, just like in that idiotic song from the 60s. Of course the problem with that is that once you tax the rich to feed the poor until there are no rich no more, how do you then feed the poor?

Not nathor’s problem.

i did not endorse such view, but envy is not the only angle, there is also justice, meaning, if not all rich get their higher status in a way that most population will consider fair… they will have not problem in imposing retribution trough taxation(if they have the democratic power to impose those taxes)… banks and financial speculation comes to mind.

nathor on July 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Did you mean “redistribution”? See, assuming anyone who has something should be overtaxed out of a sense of retribution is exactly what obama was suggesting. Surely you aren’t endorsing THIS view? Not that redistribution is any more defensible when done simply to take from one and give to another (slavery).

runawayyyy on July 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The liberals always get in the most trouble when the start saying things that are close to their honest beliefs. This one could get him in trouble.

stldave on July 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

This is the most incredibly ignorant man every to enter the White House, let alone live there.
I’m so sorry, little man, but my business was not built with food stamps and welfare payments and government handouts. It was built with long hard work by me. But then you wouldn’t know anything about hard work, would you?

maryo on July 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The liberals always get in the most trouble when the start saying things that are close to their honest beliefs. This one could SHOULD get him in trouble.
stldave on July 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Let’s do our share to see to it.

pambi on July 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.

Obama is speaking, of course, from his own experience. He didn’t get to his position of power, the “business” of the presidency, on his own. We have not seen examples of his hard work or risk taking. It was someone else who got him there.

Pazman on July 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

My God, I almost had a stroke when I read this. My wife and I took a second mortgage on our house, have worked exceedingly hard and long hours to launch her business, and have struggled immensely these last few years. To have this POS demean our accomplishments and our efforts… I just want to b%tch slap him to another planet.

Hill60 on July 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

regarding who in the country should pay more taxes? you will be surprised to find out that most ppl will care little about the “socialist theft” of the “rich” with a few more % in taxes. so this rethoric by obama will work… nathor on July 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Wipe your chin.

Akzed on July 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The private sector is generally more incompetent than the public sector.

crr6 on June 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Never gets old…

Akzed on July 15, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Thanks, listenstoglenn and pambi!

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

OF COURSE Obama believes that no one succeeds through their own effort, he, like Elizabeth Warren, is a product of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION and the progressive circle.

In their world, people don’t achieve advancement through merit. They achieve advancement due to whom they are related, whom they may know, by claiming a minority or favored ethnic heritage, and how many favors and services they have rendered, or are prepared to render, to those who are already in a position to promote them.

Academia is the perfect example of how this system works. These who are NOT from a minority or gender or ethnic group favored by the progressives, those who are not directly related to, or promoted by those already in a position within the progressive network, regardless of superior effort or performance, have no chance of gaining access, acceptance, or position. The strikingly few exceptions to this rule, are those in the hard sciences, engineering, mathematics, and economics. These are the areas of academia where progressives rarely compete. Hence, 13% of professors are conservative.

thatsafactjack on July 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM

If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. I didn’t? News to me. So who exactly was it that started and built my business, paid my taxes, paid my vendors and paid my employees all those years? Name names!

You can’t? You mean they are nameless and faceless? But all that I’ve worked to achieve is theirs anyway?

Aside from paying for their roads and bridges, what else shall I give and what else do I owe to them??

Who shall I quit claim my home to? Not enough yet?

Who shall I give all my possessions to? Shall I just put them in my front yard for the nameless and faceless to cart away? Still not enough yet?

Who shall I give my last dying breath to? Is my CPR for the nameless and faceless enough to pay them back?

Who shall I give my estate to? The nameless and the faceless get that too? Not enough yet?

Go to friggin’ h#ll, you evil gnome.

Opinionator on July 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Academia is the perfect example of how this system works. These who are NOT from a minority or gender or ethnic group favored by the progressives, those who are not directly related to, or promoted by those already in a position within the progressive network, regardless of superior effort or performance, have no chance of gaining access, acceptance, or position. The strikingly few exceptions to this rule, are those in the hard sciences, engineering, mathematics, and economics. These are the areas of academia where progressives rarely compete. Hence, 13% of professors are conservative.

thatsafactjack on July 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM

You just summed up my life up to age 33…

Pest on July 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Obarmy finally finds something at which he excels — he’s one hell of a Mitt Romney advertisement writer.

hillbillyjim on July 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.

But enough about Frank Marshall Davis, Dr. John Drew, Bill Ayers, Edward Said, Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, Percy Sutton, et al.

ConservativeLA on July 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

What business did Obama build that he knows this O-truism by?

Did he sell coke in college or set up some other enterprise that we know nothing about?

profitsbeard on July 15, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Maybe all of the Congress is the making from some body else too here’s something to think about.
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/the-number-of-congressional-staff-is-the-real-problem/

When you fax,call,write, or email your Congressman you’ll be dealing with the staff.

mixplix on July 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

O/T: have you heard of Johnathan Lavine?

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 7:17 PM

PBHO… what a maroon… he couldn’t even run a corner lemonstade stand…

Khun Joe on July 15, 2012 at 8:01 PM

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.

Yes, this man has no honor whatsoever. So, Barry, how is it that you and Moochelle gave almost NOTHING to charity UNTIL you became a contender for POTUS? You two gave even LESS than Plugs Biden during your emerging-political-Chicago-elite years.

Obama, you only “give back” as much to “the community” as your silk-tie PR firm TELLS you that you must. And not a red cent more.

You are a complete and utter fraud. You are a rich, leftist Fat Cat, who never has, and never will, have to work an honest job in your life. You are a made man who will never have to do anything more than rake it in.

minnesoter on July 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Thomas Edison’s kindergarten teacher invented the light bulb?
The Wright Brothers’drinking buddy invented the airplane?
Winston Churchill’s childhood nanny saved Europe from the Nazis?

Seems plausible…
*sarcasm*

Glenn Jericho on July 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Academia is the perfect example of how this system works. These who are NOT from a minority or gender or ethnic group favored by the progressives, those who are not directly related to, or promoted by those already in a position within the progressive network, regardless of superior effort or performance, have no chance of gaining access, acceptance, or position. The strikingly few exceptions to this rule, are those in the hard sciences, engineering, mathematics, and economics. These are the areas of academia where progressives rarely compete. Hence, 13% of professors are conservative.

thatsafactjack on July 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM

A++

And the sad thing is that what you say isn’t just confined to “at university”, but has also filtered down to the high school, junior high school, and even elementary school levels.

Del Dolemonte on July 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

My take.

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Great post. Nice Blog, too. Thanks.

Wolfen on July 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

What’s that noise I hear? Could it be the sharpening of pitch forks?

dirtseller on July 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Wolfen on July 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Thank you!

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

O/T: have you heard of Johnathan Lavine?

kingsjester on July 15, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Good catch. This ought to at least be in the Headlines.

hillbillyjim on July 15, 2012 at 8:42 PM

And the sad thing is that what you say isn’t just confined to “at university”, but has also filtered down to the high school, junior high school, and even elementary school levels.

Del Dolemonte on July 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I think the high school part of this is deadly-dangerous. We have generations of children who have been tainted mind-numbed and brainwashed. Every day we let the education system continue as it is, is years on the other end where we can’t fix the system. It’s like the ‘babyboom’ bubble, only tens of millions of people who will be taking over the reigns AFTER the babyboomers have instilled in them the idea that they must be taken care of. This socialism-parasite is very smart, it is training its host to to take care of it as it kills it super-slowly.

WashingtonsWake on July 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Obama always fails to frame the narrative because he just doesn’t know anything useful.

Successful entrepreneurs never think “I was so smart.” They think “I was the one who risked everything and worked my tail off.”

They’re also the ones who pay for all the ordinary government services that they and everyone else benefit from, like police and fire services. They certainly don’t owe more for these things than people who don’t work and have created a job in their lives.

J.E. Dyer on July 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Not sure if anyone else asked this, but why is a campaign speech on the government website? Isn’t that using government resources for campaigning?

GWB on July 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Your business is just a composite…And I’m an expert on composites.

bluesdoc70 on July 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Logic for a lefty…
A: He’s the smartest man in the world.
B: He couldn’t start or run a business to save his life.
The obvious conclusion is that all those other smart people couldn’t either. They must have stolen what they have.

SKYFOX on July 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM

60 some years into my life… Never, ever thought I’d ever hear a President of the United States say the things he does.

fistbump on July 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I’m 59 years old and I know exactly what you mean. Many people do not know what it was like in the 1950′s when communism was rampant in the “modern” world (Nikita Kruzchev, Vietnam, Cuban Missle Crisis, etc). We’re starting to see an attempt of its resurection right here in our own White House.

Cherokee on July 16, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Community Organizer in Chief. Everything BHO has achieved has obviously come from the direct help of someone else. His success couldn’t possibly have come from his own time, money and talent…or lack thereof.

HoosierStateofMind on July 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Obama is a ‘Post Turtle’.

Cherokee on July 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

“The times when you have seen only one set of prints, that is when I was stomping on you”

President Obama

tomg51 on July 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Now let me hear the left about how intellectual a president we have, when he’s busy confusing necessary and sufficient causes.

Yes, Bill Gates didn’t put in the roads; and yes, there need to be roads for modern businesses, but no amount of infrastructure “made it happen”. Gates had to rip off DRI and Apple, himself.

Axeman on July 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

A candidate for the OOTY. Unbelievable. My mother is about to sell her retirement home business and retire after spending the last 15 years starting and building her business with nothing but obstruction from the federal, state and local governments. Despite the many obstacles put in her way, she made it a success. I would love to have a chat with him about how she had nothing to with that success. This one actually makes me angry.

ktrich on July 16, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I’m angry. I built my business by working seven days a week for years and years. I was here working, not Obama or anybody else. I built this business despite government, not with the help of the government. This jackass has to go in November.

txsurveyor on July 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I guess if “somebody else made that happen,” then whoever that was should realize that they didn’t make that happen, but somebody else did, and whoever that was should realize that they didn’t do it, somebody else did, etc., etc., etc.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

and Obama’s people are saying “the buck stops here” when it comes to Mitt, but not with Obama.

Wagthatdog on July 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Two absolute losers whining about the success of small business. Both will be losers in November. President Romney will begin to sort out all the problems and will get America working again under his leadership.

Amazingoly on July 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Leader of the Free World. President of the world’s biggest economy. And he says things like this.

It’s like going to a doctor who uses tea leaves and goat entrails as diagnostic tools.

I sent jaggazz’s quote to my daughter and she said:

Wow that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard. I like “Somebody invested in roads and bridges.”

So, if we utilize any bridge or road on our way to work, we don’t deserve our success?

Not to mention, we ALL invest in roads and bridges except for people who, oh weird, aren’t working. We pay taxes, they don’t. We also pay for their kids’ daycare, benefits, food stamps, etc!

My paycheck was 1057.00 last week, and 628.00 got deposited into my bank account. That’s fair. I have to pop out some kids so I can get a break. Either that or stop using roads on my way to work, so I can at least be proud of my accomplishments.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

And when he says “somebody invested in roads and bridges, he doesn’t even mean taxpayers, he means politicians.

Akzed on July 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

What’s even worse that this ridiculous covetous, petty, ignorant claim is to hear the crowd cheer him on…

Pest on July 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

i did not endorse such view, but envy is not the only angle, there is also justice, meaning, if not all rich get their higher status in a way that most population will consider fair… they will have not problem in imposing retribution trough taxation(if they have the democratic power to impose those taxes)… banks and financial speculation comes to mind.

nathor on July 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Did you mean “redistribution”? See, assuming anyone who has something should be overtaxed out of a sense of retribution is exactly what obama was suggesting. Surely you aren’t endorsing THIS view? Not that redistribution is any more defensible when done simply to take from one and give to another (slavery).

runawayyyy on July 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

what I am saying is if the rpubs dont take up as a flag the justice of the system, meaning, that corrupt business men and politicians should be persecuted and punished (both repubs and dems), then the libertarian ideology will not not have much traction with a share of the electorate and they will accept less ideal(also unfair) solutions to achieve justice such as taxes for rich.
and this is something that no party will take seriously because they are both corrupt.

nathor on July 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Oslacker musta been under the influence of choom while in history class. Before this country was a country, the people who built this country were creating and doing the business that built this country, and before there were “roads,” there were dirt paths upon which the people who built this country transported their goods to complete the businesses they created that built this country.

And now we must listen to a lyin’ cheatin’ choomin’ lazy deadbeat who purchased the presidency which he promptly turned into a prezuhduncy and who is just giving us all the business. My, how far we have fallen!

stukinIL4now on July 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Just imagine if someone had said:

“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Or imagine if someone had said:

“If J.K. Rowling is cited as the author of the Harry Potter books, she didn’t write them. Somebody else made that happen.”

Or imagine if someone had said:

“If the Beatles are credited for writing and performing Rubber Soul, they didn’t do that. Someone else made that happen.”

J_Crater on July 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Socialist dictators are unwilling or unable to believe in personal responsibility and self reliance. Aside from themselves, everyone is stupid and must be controlled by the ruling elite. The government (i.e., the dictator) is everything to everyone. He replaces god, family and country. We are so lucky to have this brilliant leader to take care of all of us worthless, stupid peons.
Oh, by the say, during that same gathering, the fuhrer told people suffering from heat exhaustion to seek help from paralegals. And where are the paralegals? Probably mingling with the corpse-men.

TimeOnTarget on July 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

What Obama wants is for business owners to pay more because otherwise it makes no sense. I think most everyone knows that business owners pay taxes too.

But Warren and now Obama have taken the line that somehow all that infrastructure (and that necessary part of government to fight fraud and enforce contracts) was something that somehow the government provided “free” while ignoring that business owners paid their taxes like everyone else.

By that reasoning, government provided everything for “free” and everyone has to now pay taxes not just business owners.

I could imagine a version of “Its a Wonderful Life” where Ms. Warren or President Obama suddenly found themselves in a world where nobody had paid their taxes and what they would find. I would suspect that they would be surprised to find a very different world than what their rhetoric implied.

Russ808 on July 16, 2012 at 5:16 PM

This is like coming to a pro football player and taking away most of his salary and giving it to people who played football but never made it to the pros.

It is saying “the playing fields got you rich, so everybody who played on them deserves a part.”

The teachers, the infrastructure, the small business loans, they are available to EVERYBODY. The field is supposed to be level, but if anything we’ve tilted it with affirmative action and picking winners and losers.

What he’s implying is that there are people just as smart and working just as hard who don’t have access to those things? So the successful people hae access to roads and utilities and the unsuccessful ones don’t?

PastorJon on July 16, 2012 at 5:35 PM

if you wrote a book, you didn’t write that… someone else made that happen

Washington Fancy on July 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM

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