Ugh: NBC trying to manufacture a “you didn’t build that” moment for Mitt Romney

posted at 4:01 pm on July 23, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Of course. NBC (or, the online news source formerly known as MSNBC) is trying to equate President Obama’s recently infamous “you didn’t build that” remark about Americans and their businesses with Mitt Romney’s “you didn’t get here on your own” remark about the Olympic athletes during the 2008 opening ceremonies. While President Obama was making the argument that the wealthy should pay even more in taxes because they need to stop thinking they’re “just so smart” or that they “worked harder than everyone else” and instead realize they could never have accomplished anything without some degree of dependency on government, Mitt Romney reminded the athletes to be grateful for the parents and coaches who loved and supported them — and NBC tries to posit that they’re both merely making an “it takes a village” argument. It’s cute, really.

But in 2002, during his speech at the Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics — the games in which Romney was lauded for turning around the management — Romney made a similar argument about Olympians.

“Tonight we cheer the Olympians, who only yesterday were children themselves,” Romney said. “As we watch them over the next 16 days, we affirm that our aspirations, and those of our children and grandchildren, can become reality. We salute you Olympians – both because you dreamed and because you paid the price to make your dreams real. You guys pushed yourself, drove yourself, sacrificed, trained and competed time and again at winning and losing.” …

“You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power,” said Romney, who on Friday will attend the Opening Ceremonies of this year’s Summer Olympics. “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities. All right! [pumps fist].”

Forgive me, but I fail to see the ostensible resemblance.

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.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

Having appreciation for the loved ones in your life who’ve helped you to achieve through family and community feels somewhat different than groveling to the federal government for so magnanimously collecting the taxes in order to enforce the stable rule of law that ensures that we can reliably do business with one another. The government does not perform the same functions as my family, thank you very much — nor should it.


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rogerb on July 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

omg – that is such a good point

and not ONLY Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard, but the EDITOR OF THE LAW REVIEW – words are his trade right? That’s the lawyers tool: words.

JustTruth101 on July 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Chuck Schick on July 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

nope. just a disenfranchised conservative. would never vote for obama, but mitts his idealogical twin.its a hobsons choice.

my solution. don’t pick either one.

renalin on July 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

All you know about Romney is what you’ve been told by the Democrat Media, as well as by the bitterness of those he defeated.

On the other hand, you do know how bad O’bama is, because you have actually had to live thru his disaster of a Presidency.

And unless you’re a professional athlete, rock star/movie star, Trust Fund Baby, got rich with a Lottery ticket, are Democrat Union member or a tenured University professor or a Democrat politician, things have not improved for you over those past few years.

You know for a fact what 4 more years of O’bama will bring. But you have absolutely no idea what 4 years of Romney would bring.

Your decision to vote for O’bama (and that is exactly what you are doing, even if you stay home from the polls) is an admission that you are one of the above groups, no matter what you claim to be.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Here’s one more time the full quote that you are so afraid of:

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

. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
lester on July 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

And what is it about that quote that you can’t seem to read?

And BTW – DARPA didn’t “created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet”. DARPA created the internet protocols, with the help of private industry (research partners and contractors) so they could share data easier. The private industry partners took it and ran with it to create what we know as the internet.

dentarthurdent on July 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

lester on July 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Keep shoveling. Every time you re-post his own words more people see them, and more people here see that you’re desperately trying to make them mean something they do not.

Bill Clinton’s defenders would be proud of you. After all, he liked to redefine words to make them mean something they didn’t mean too.

A+

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Here’s a story line for MSNBC:

The thrill of victory Chcanery – 2008; the agony of de

feat

feet – 2012.

Buy Danish on July 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

You know his purty little size 8 feet are hurting running all over the world lookin for cash money!

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Well, this oughta go over just swell in Ohio. Obama campaign sues Ohio Secretary of State over early voting

/Equal protection. Or some such stuff.

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

“That” is clearly referring to infrastructure. Next sentence he gives a clear example of exactly how it works.

Take any single one of today’s successes and make them happen in Sudan on your own. Let’s see how that works. If it’s just one person that matters then country is irrelevant.

Here’s one more time the full quote that you are so afraid of:

lester on July 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

HAHA! Dude, get off your knees.

The whole quote:

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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.


IF YOU’VE GOT A BUSINESS – YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT.

Same sentence, and the clear use of THAT (referring to a business), not THOSE (referring to roads and bridges).

So he’s helpfully reminding the business owner he so despises that the sum total of teachers, the system, roads, bridges and the internet is greater than any individual effort. Which is why he immediately follows that idiotic sentence with

Somebody else made that happen.

And forget about words, context or any of this. Does anyone really doubt Obama values the role of government well above that of the businessman?

Chuck Schick on July 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Concerning ‘you didn’t build that’, a young woman, born in Russia, and grew up in America, lays some wood upside the head of Dear Leader.

It is worth a read.

CPT. Charles on July 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM

JustTruth101 on July 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Barry was not the Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was the President of the Harvard Law Review, which was a popularity contest and not based on legal expertise and legal mind.

bayview on July 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM

lester on July 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM

And what is it about that quote that you can’t seem to read?

And BTW – DARPA didn’t “created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet”. DARPA created the internet protocols, with the help of private industry (research partners and contractors) so they could share data easier. The private industry partners took it and ran with it to create what we know as the internet.

dentarthurdent on July 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Let’s not confuse poor lester with Facts or The Truth. He’s been having a bad day so far.

But to make it even worse for him, let me remind him that the very first internet service provider (ISP) in the world was (and still is) a private company, Software Tool & Die. In fact, I am still on a listserv (remember those!) that is hosted by that ISP, also known as “The World”. Its headquarters are in Boston.

http://www.theworld.com/

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The tone of voice is significant. If you have only read the Obama speech transcript – watch the video. His tone is sneering and condescending. Clearly he thinks he is taking the haughty capitalists down a peg. It is very much not “let’s all thank the people who helped us become what we are.”

Those who are trying to spin it – make them actually listen to it and then try to tell you “what he really meant.” It’s unmistakeable.

YehuditTX on July 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

NBC (or, the online news source formerly known as MSNBC)…

Correction: Should read as “NBC, or MSNBC, formerly known as online news source…

Archivarix on July 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

And, the point you ignore in your hate-filled spite is the fact that winning in November is more important than whatever reason you hate Romney.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I do not hate Romney. He is a great guy no doubt. A loving husband and father I have no doubt.

I do detest his politics. I detest that he repudiated the Republican Party in 2002 and ran as a Democrat Liberal Moderate. Making it clear he was more a Democrat than the Democrat he ran against. Then proving for four years the Democrats had a man they could trust to get their liberal agenda into law.

There is not a Republican bone in Romneys body he is a life time Liberal Moderate Democrat. I detest how he is using our Party and making us all fools.

I guarantee there are worse things than Obama wining a second term. One of these I believe would be Mitt winning and destroying any chance we have in 2016 and beyond. I believe he could completely destroy the Republican name. I see no way this will turn out OK if he were to win. His policies stink on ice. They are almost exactly the same as Obamas. Just a tad bit different here and there. But problem is he could get some of the worse ones passed into law.

On the other hand a second Obama term would have both the House and Senate against him. He would be unable to pass anything into law and both houses would investigate the dickens out of him. It would be very possible he would be impeached though unlikely but not impossible he could be convicted and thrown out of office. But no doubt this would do great damage to the Press and Democrats. It would also strenghten the blogs and alternative news.

The outcome is far better if Mitt loses.

Now I detest Obama. I do not believe him to be a good husband or father. I believe he detest America and loves Islam. He wants to make America an Islamic State. I just do not believe he can do so.

Steveangell on July 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Gates of Hell Media…….Obama Re-Elect machine.

Same difference.

PappyD61 on July 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM

nope. just a disenfranchised conservative. would never vote for obama, but mitts his idealogical twin.its a hobsons choice.

my solution. don’t pick either one.

renalin on July 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Thus, you choose the incumbent.

Kudos and Huzzah!!

98ZJUSMC on July 24, 2012 at 5:24 AM

The outcome is far better if Mitt loses.

*Head———>Desk*

98ZJUSMC on July 24, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Actually, we have had Romney around a lot longer than Obama. Mitt has been running for office for decades, and he has won one office for 4 years.
So, yes, we do know Romney as well as Obama, since Obama has been missing in action for most of his 4 years.

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM

The outcome is far better if Mitt loses.

Now I detest Obama. I do not believe him to be a good husband or father. I believe he detest America and loves Islam. He wants to make America an Islamic State. I just do not believe he can do so.

Steveangell on July 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Good grief…
Tell me, what is a “Republican bone”…we have, Hoover, Eisenhower, Bush’s, Ford, Reagan’s, Coolidge, Nixon, Roosevelt,etc., all a bit different, with a different set of “bones”.

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

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