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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My only advice is buy as much stock as you can in Maalox, Tums, Rolaids as you possibly can. One side or the other is going to empty the shelves.

Limerick on July 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

DNC to NBC. “You guys are doing a fantastic job over there. And your rates are really reasonable”.

antipc on July 23, 2012 at 4:40 PM

If you were wondering how badly that comment has hurt Obama, wonder no longer. Kataklysmic on July 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I know, right?!

“Zucker! Get in my office stat! And bring all your phoney baloney news anchors and reporters in here, we have to rehabilitate this moron’s image again.” -Soros

“Right away sir!” -Jeff Zucker

Akzed on July 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM

This just shows the Left has no clue why Obama’s comment was so bad. They literally have no clue. And I’m loving it.

To any liberals, here’s a clue. The One is attacking success. Romney is supporting success.

MrX on July 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM

This is beautiful. Savor the fear.

thebrokenrattle on July 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Not exactly “if you’ve got a medal, you didn’t win that. Someone else did”.

Chuck Schick on July 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Exactly. Given all the attention that PORGI’s comments have gotten over the past week or so, Romney should have chosen his words a little more carefully, knowing that the 0bamamedia would be ready to pounce on anything he says.
UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Huh?? Excuse me but I believe Romney spoke these words in 2002 didn’t he?….like how important our families are, not our government is to our success….where could there be anymore physical individual excellence than the Olympics, anyway??

gracie on July 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM

wow, you’ve got to hand it to NBC, they must have had interns going through every word spoken by Mitt since 1990 looking for something with the words “didn’t” and “make it” in it to come up with this weak sauce. I think NBC would have a point if Romney was advocating stripping the athletes of their medals and giving them to the people who owned the gyms in which they trained instead of it being a shout out to friends and families.

joeindc44 on July 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Ocommie is Sublimlinally trying to make us think of the converse of his propsoition….. If, then….
“Hey If I suck as President, I didn’t do it alone-

I had help

effing this up. A rough economic spot here or there, a Tsunami, an Earthquake- Bush again, and just your basic run of bad luck. I had help screwing this America thing up. Don’t blame just me.”

Mind Games.

FlaMurph on July 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Really?

Anyone think the moderators at the debates won’t ask the following two questions, 90 times?

1. “Mr. President, descibe your awesomeness”

2. “Governor, describe how you lashed the dog to the roof of your ar”

….and the peeps will roll with giggles.

51/44…..I called it then, I still call it now. Get ready for Barry 2.

Limerick on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

If you’re talking about O’bama’s “you didn’t build that” quote, the White House website transcript proves he said exactly that.

Man, I’m getting awfully tired of handing out grades today.

FAIL

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

There’s a reason you talk about the transcript but are too afraid to actually post the quote. It makes your dishonesty obvious. Here, I do it for you:

“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. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

lester on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Obama: One big giant ball of fail.

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Yep. President PORGI, the Master of Fail.

Here’s a photo of PORGI and Bess.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM

lester on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You reprobates are still running with this s@^*?

Good grief.

tom daschle concerned on July 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Boy, they really do have nothing

If they keep up like this, the biggest danger will be overconfidence.

bofh on July 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Thanks…to those who believed in you…Gratitude to parents and others who supported your work…and the love they provided.

If I went jogging on those roads too, why didn’t I make it to the Olympics???? hmmm.

Fleuries on July 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

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.
============================================

Full-Blown NBC/DNC Proxy!!!

Transparency anyone?!

canopfor on July 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Why not, by all means, let them try to twist Obama’s big boo boo into insults to our intelligence.

That would really help Obama.

Sir Napsalot on July 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

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

lester on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

That part?

Chuck Schick on July 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

LOL in what universe is that even remotely comparable?

tdpwells on July 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The universe of uninformed undecided voters who watch that clip and say, “Hmm…Romney said the EXACT SAME THING!”. Hopefully, the citizens of that universe will forget to vote on 11/6…

KS Rex on July 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

this is so embarrassing. these are supposed to be ‘communications’ ‘experts’..so they should know something about paralinguistic cues and gesticulations..but, sadly no…they learned nothing but hackery in school and in their lives

As everyone can plainly see Mitt is upbeat and barry is a demagogue.

what makes the Brown ad so good is just that…you have Real presidents telling the story of America. Then you have socialist hacks like Warren just playing the bitter, greedy, demagogue part.

i hope MA crushes warren to show the left that bitter, small minded people need not apply

and, natch, that goes double for barry

r keller on July 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Romney should have chosen his words a little more carefully, knowing that the 0bamamedia would be ready to pounce on anything he says.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Well in Romney’s defence the DeLorean wasn’t working that week. (The Romney comment was made years ago)

sharrukin on July 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Obama for America paid more than $480,000 in credit card fees in June.

ROFL

tom daschle concerned on July 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Now, if Romney had a gaffe that was hurting him, would NBC spend tons of time searching through old speeches etc., trying to find an equivalent to point out against Obama?

I think not.

But, they aren’t biased. Just doing their job.

Monkeytoe on July 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

They’d be so hard to find.

“Corpse-man.

“57 states.

“Doctors make $50k chopping of your foot.

“Under my plan, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.”

Akzed on July 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The idea of standing on the shoulders of geniuses is a valid one. I wouldn’t argue with anyone, including Obama, over whether or not successful people have ever benefited from the goodwill of others, whether it be parents, teachers, doctors, or in the case of some — government assistance.

The difference comes in who makes that extra push to become extraordinary — to take existing technology to the next level, to create a market for something new that consumers didn’t know they wanted. And for Olympians who put in the intense practice and training to become the VERY best at what they do.

But sorry, Michael Phelps’ mom might have driven him to the pool, but she didn’t swim for him.

Violina23 on July 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The Epistemic Closure of the Left

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-epistemic-closure-of-left_23.html

M2RB: Dave Matthews Band

The Late Steve Jobs Has A Few Words For Mr No-Jobs

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-late-steve-jobs-has-few-words-for.html

M2RB: Simple Minds, Live Aid, Philadelphia, 13 July 1985

Resist We Much on July 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

[lester on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM]

I hardly think stoking class hatred and urging the majority to support taxing the minority, doing things together.

Dusty on July 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

breathalyzer, inhalator

tom daschle concerned on July 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Governor Romney saved the 2002 Winter Olympics – with $1.3 billion US taxpayer dollars. Hey, as it turns out they really didn’t get to the 2002 Olympics without government cheese.

plewis on July 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Romney was and does promote family values and good and successful
business sense.

That’s what America wants and needs.

tacodawn on July 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Read a piece, don’t remember if it was linked from here, that said the American Way is to honor the individual first, then the individual thanks those around him who helped. Think Oscars.

That’s all Romney was doing of course. Obama’s little tirade went much further and expects that success to mean you give more to government.

And have you ever heard an Oscar winner thanking—the government?!?!?

LOL!!

MaggiePoo on July 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Well in Romney’s defence the DeLorean wasn’t working that week. (The Romney comment was made years ago)

sharrukin on July 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Well if he can ‘retroactively retire’, surely he can retroactively take all this back.

verbaluce on July 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

“It Takes A Village To Raise A Child”
………………………………..Hillary Clinton.

“It Takes A Olympic Village to Raise,Train,Prepare a Athlete”!

(snark).

canopfor on July 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

What makes NBC’s attempt more desperate is that Obama was basically trying to say government owns the wealth made by business people because government ‘enabled’ it. On the other hand, Olympians receive all their support by voluntary private donations.

I guess this is NBC’s version of fair-and-balanced: apples equal oranges. They’re both fruits, so they’re obviously the same thing.

Pffft!

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Summary: Romney believes in the power of people, such as friends and family. Obama believes in government.

Alrighty, then.

corncat on July 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Anyone think the moderators at the debates won’t ask the following two questions, 90 times?

1. “Mr. President, descibe your awesomeness”

2. “Governor, describe how you lashed the dog to the roof of your ar”

….and the peeps will roll with giggles.

51/44…..I called it then, I still call it now. Get ready for Barry 2.

Limerick on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Don’t forget that classic, “Mr. President, what do you find most enchanting about being President?”

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Romney should have chosen his words a little more carefully, knowing that the 0bamamedia would be ready to pounce on anything he says.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

He made those comments 10 years ago.

Buttercup on July 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Limerick! How did the meatloaf turn out?

chelie on July 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I wanted to watch a bit of the memorial service for the shooting victims in CO yesterday and MSNBC had it on so I clicked to watch. After the 3rd time of them referencing Obama to such a “gifted speaker who will know exactly what to say to console the community” shtick I had to shut it off. If they don’t remove their lips from Dear Leaders ass, they will grow there.

Shiny_Tiara on July 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

If you were wondering how badly that comment has hurt Obama, wonder no longer.

Kataklysmic on July 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

The debate is joined. And if you can’t stay around to watch it to the end … we win.

Paul-Cincy on July 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Limerick! How did the meatloaf turn out?

chelie on July 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

The ER bill is being forwarded to you. It was wonderful. Thank you!

Limerick on July 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Romney should have chosen his words a little more carefully, knowing that the 0bamamedia would be ready to pounce on anything he says.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Well in Romney’s defence the DeLorean wasn’t working that week. (The Romney comment was made years ago)

sharrukin on July 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Oops… I guess I skimmed over that detail. I just assumed that since the Summer Olympics were upon us again this year that Romney must have made those comments more recently.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The ER bill is being forwarded to you. It was wonderful. Thank you!

Limerick on July 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Glad it was tasty. Hey, you did get yer whole grains and yer veggies in there. It wasn’t ALL bad for you! ;)

chelie on July 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

“(B)oth 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.”

Barry Obama.

NBC News on July 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Fake, but accurate!!

/s

Gunlock Bill on July 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Maybe we should all send some straws to NBC.

GarandFan on July 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Little Napoleon shooting a popgun at Waterloo.

Christian Conservative on July 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Romney also doesn’t set up the straw man of the mythical ingrate athlete, as Obama did with Mr “I’m So Smart Businessman” or “Mr. I’m the Hardest Worker in the History of the World” businessman.. An important distinction. Romney could be just expressing gratitude for the parents, et al, on behalf of the athletes, so no one is being belittled. Obama’s approach is belittling, no doubt.

smellthecoffee on July 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Oops… I guess I skimmed over that detail. I just assumed that since the Summer Olympics were upon us again this year that Romney must have made those comments more recently.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Honest mistake. They are going to be going over Romney’s past with a fine tooth comb and this sort of thing will be commonplace before we hit November. No stone will be left unturned.

sharrukin on July 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

As a vet of 12 of these cycles and a witness to 17 Oval Offices all I can say is slap this old man (and I still can slap back).

Ride the pony, son/daughter, this is probably close to my last and boy-howdy that isn’t a bad thing.

Limerick on July 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

He’s saying to applaud those who helped, not give them a higher percentage of their Wheaties endorsement deals . . .

PastorJon on July 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.

An unsupported assumption.

Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.

We refer to them as “Founding Fathers”. And they did have help. We refer to them as “Minute Men”, patriots, and soldiers.

Somebody invested in roads and bridges.

“Somebody” just happens to be other successful businessmen and taxpayers.

If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.

Yes, I did.

Somebody else made that happen.

Does this person have a name?

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.

Why yes, I remember now…DARPANet was invented by the government so that Amazon, AOL, and Microsoft could come into existence and make a profit. It had nothing to do with scientists sharing information. None what so ever. That means, of course, that the government is responsible for viruses, trojans, internet pornography, blogs, crippling computer attacks from off-shore enemies, the FaceBook IPO flop, the dot.bomb, and on and on and on.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

This applies only to rowers in a slave galley.

Row well, and live….number 43.

RAMMING SPEED!….

BobMbx on July 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

What Governor Romney learned at the Olymics (hint – it wasn’t rugged individualism)

Romney, “Big Believer” in Crony Capitalism: “The Money is in Washington”
Posted on 02 March 2012 by William Grigg

“I’m a big believer in getting money where the money is,” explained Mitt Romney to political supporters during his 2002 campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. “And the money is in Washington…. I’ve learned from my Olympic experience that if you have people who really understand how Washington works, and have personal associations there, you can get money to build economic opportunities.”

To rescue the Olympics, Romney was given – according to a 2002 General Accounting Office report – a total of at least $1.3 billion from the federal government. As Sports Illustrated pointed out, in inflation-adjusted terms this exceeded the total amount “spent by lawmakers to support all seven Olympic Games held in the U.S. since 1904–combined
http://www.republicmagazine.com/videos/mitt-romney-big-believer-in-crony-capitalism-the-money-is-in-washington.html

plewis on July 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

51/44…..I called it then, I still call it now. Get ready for Barry 2.

Limerick on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Yeah, I’m with you, and I have money riding on it. Fortunately for me, I have really bad luck gambling.

RushBaby on July 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

That part?

Chuck Schick on July 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Why are you so afraid of the full quote?

lester on July 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Let’s dispense with the spin. It is exactly the same sentiment.

Dante on July 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Yes and no. One is yammering about family and community support, which is as it should be.

The other is yammering about government control.

It seems your mileage varies.

kim roy on July 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

The government does not perform the same functions as my family, thank you very much — nor should it.

Very true. To equate privately paid for coaches for the most part to government is just plain stupid.

However once again Mitt Romney proves to be the worst candidate yet he is our nominee.

We are better of if he loses unfortunately. He wins and we can kiss the House and Senate goodbye when he looses in 2016.

We are so stupid falling for these Establishment Candidates that lose 100% of the time. Ford, Dole, GHW Bush, McCain. Why do we never learn?

Steveangell on July 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

But sorry, Michael Phelps’ mom might have driven him to the pool, but she didn’t swim for him.

Violina23 on July 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The left keeps bleating that the jug-eared Kenyan was taken out of context. Well, the real context here is that Obama is not all that bright but he puts on a good show. Smarter people around him crafted him into the European socialist version of the Manchurian candidate. They offered up affirmative action quotas to get him into schools that he would not otherwise be qualified to attend. They threw up charges of racism to cover up his mental inadequacies (seriously, no educated person would claim Hawaii was in Asia, the Maldives were in South America, or that the Navy has corpse-men).

So, when it comes to his own life, Obama is right. He didn’t do anything but stand there and look like a super-smart black man. Others did the heavy lifting.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Unless they’re a total douchenozzle, you ask any athlete about how they got to where they are in their particular sport and they are going to heap praise and thanks upon family members, teachers, coaches, teammates and perhaps even *gasp* God.

I’m no Romney apologist, but he was simply amplifying this.

You ask a small business owner the secrets of their success, chances are you’re not going to hear them extol the government for building a road or a bridge that allowed customers to reach them. They may go as far as recognizing their bank for the start-up loan, but most of their praise will go towards their loyal customer base and their employees, with a dollop of pride in recounting victories they achieved and setbacks they overcame during their modest beginnings. As well as how much work and time it took to get their enterprise off the ground.

I am an Obama loather, and he spat in the faces of those who turned their blood, sweat and tears into a living to provide for not just themselves and their families, but for those they employ as well.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

The dabates are going to make Romney the Running Man. Is he up for it? Can he survive? It will decide the election. And Obama will be Richard Dawson, only it won’t look like it to the sheeple not paying attention. Do you think Romney has any idea how bad it’s going to be?

JustTruth101 on July 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Steveangell on July 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Another day, another stupid diatribe. You pathetic obama supporter. GFY.

I’m donating another chunk of change to Mitt in your name.

tom daschle concerned on July 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Here, I do it for you:

lester on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well Articulated!

Still doesn’t change what he says. You know it, and I know it. The words speak for themselves, no matter how desperately you try to make them mean something that they don’t.

F-

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

nbc=just another cog in the obama wheel

natch

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I was just thinking to myself when will Steveangell come along and crap on this thread and lo and behold.
How ’bout at least a courtesy flush Man? We’re dying over here.

Buttercup on July 23, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Steveangell on July 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I’m tired of people like you undermining Governor Romney by your personal hatred. Sorry that the jug-eared Kenyan is not doing better or that Ron Paul didn’t win the hearts of sane conservatives, or whatever but I, for one, don’t really care to hear from sore losers like you whining about how much Romney sucks. The fact of the matter is that he is going to be the nominee and people of your ilk have to give him at least as much a chance as Obama was given.

In the end, I suspect that Romney will not be conservative enough (especially on some social issues) to satisfy some conservatives. But, he will not be as liberal as you idiots who use words like establishment candidates when you don’t understand what that means. John McCain was an establishment candidate. Bob Dole was an establishment candidate. GHW Bush was an establishment candidate. Mitt Romney is not just because the establishment came around when it became clear that the other candidates in the narrowed slate of candidates were unelectable. Rick Santorum, for example, is somebody I agree with and admire for his principled positions but he would not be able to beat the jug-eared Kenyan. 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

Governor Romney saved the 2002 Winter Olympics – with $1.3 billion US taxpayer dollars. Hey, as it turns out they really didn’t get to the 2002 Olympics without government cheese.

plewis on July 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Politifact:

While it may be stretch to suggest the future of Olympics themselves were at stake during Romney’s time in Salt Lake, by all accounts, he did help the city’s moribund Olympic committee reverse its fortunes after an embarrassing scandal and brought the 2002 Winter Olympics to a successful conclusion. We rate Romney’s claim Mostly True.

IOC:

The games were also financially successful raising more money with fewer sponsors than any prior Olympic Games, which left SLOC with a surplus of $40 million at the conclusion of the games. The surplus was used to create the Utah Athletic Foundation, which maintains and operates many of the remaining Olympic venues.

plewis: F-

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

LIAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmNYUnuWa-8

jjrakman on July 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

ha, it’s linked to chuck u todds msdnc url….
you should see the libs desperate attempt to compare the two….epic fail

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I’m so bored with half-azzed claims made using commentary from political sites instead of reports news sites.

The U.S. does not directly finance the Olympics when a city wins a bid to host the games, unlike many countries. Instead, localities and the U.S. Olympic Committee — responsible for sponsoring and financing the U.S. Olympic team no matter where the games are held — pick up the cost. The government often pays for improving facilities and various other projects.

And

(M)illions from the federal government…for increased security costs after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The games were held about five months later and security costs rose astronomically afterwards.

http://news.yahoo.com/romney-says-turned-around-olympics-did-225106094.html

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Very true. To equate privately paid for coaches for the most part to government is just plain stupid.

However once again Mitt Romney proves to be the worst candidate yet he is our nominee.

We are better of if he loses unfortunately. He wins and we can kiss the House and Senate goodbye when he looses in 2016.

We are so stupid falling for these Establishment Candidates that lose 100% of the time. Ford, Dole, GHW Bush, McCain. Why do we never learn?

Steveangell on July 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

You are the one that is stupid.

But I get that, since you are an Obama supporter.

Gunlock Bill on July 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

You don’t need to fear obama. He and his supporters have shown their weakness. The debates aren’t going to decide this election because it’s already been decided. Obama is going to lose and by a large enough margin to make the coming fraud inconsequential. The left appears to be flailing right now, and so it will go. They have nothing. I couldn’t care less what Romney said years ago.

Paddington on July 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Oops… I guess I skimmed over that detail. I just assumed that since the Summer Olympics were upon us again this year that Romney must have made those comments more recently.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Honest mistake. They are going to be going over Romney’s past with a fine tooth comb and this sort of thing will be commonplace before we hit November. No stone will be left unturned.

sharrukin on July 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Regardless, I’m sure the 0bamamedia will downplay the fact that Romney made his comments 10 years ago, if they mention it at all.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I’d have to give him a G.

Liam on July 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Do you think Romney has any idea how bad it’s going to be?

JustTruth101 on July 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I disagree for two reasons.

First, Obama sucks at debating. Why do you think that he has a teleprompter to speak to sixth-graders? He isn’t smart enough to be flexible in his statements to stand up to debating.

Secondly, and more important, this isn’t 2008 and Obama isn’t the challenger. He will have to justify his failed record during the debates and that should be fun. You can only blame Bush or a do-nothing Congress so many times in a response. So long as Romney hammers the jug-eared Kenyan with facts, he will succeed.

Keep in mind that the 1980 elections only had one last-hour debate. Reagan mopped the floor with Carter and turned the tide on the election. Besides, I don’t buy the idea that there are all that many undecideds out there who are waiting for the debates to make up their minds.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

plewis on July 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Heh. You’re talking about a successful Olympics run by Romney.

But you refuse to talk about O-limp-One sitting in the Oval office playing with the fuzzy balls in his navel asking himself, “what happened?”

Any country that wins the bid to host the olympics is given government funds, tool.

/Now scoot along, put your underoos on, grab a bag of Cheetos cuz it’s Macaroni and Cheese night! Yay!

Key West Reader on July 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Regardless, I’m sure the 0bamamedia will downplay the fact that Romney made his comments 10 years ago, if they mention it at all.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I don’t think that matters all that much because it is incomprehensible to the left that Romney wouldn’t be weighing his words a decade ago in order to run for the Presidency. The Clintons certainly did that. Obama has a long string of voting present on controversial issues for the very reason that he didn’t want to have to defend voting in favor of killing off the babies from botched abortions and likewise “unhelpful” votes for his goal of becoming President.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Why are you so afraid of the full quote?

lester on July 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I’m not in the least. But how does it change the fact Obama clearly states IN THE SAME SENTENCE that someone with a business didn’t build it?

Once again:

If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.

Simple stuff.

Chuck Schick on July 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Expect the MSM to do everything to destroy Romney and Republicans in 2012 just as it did with Sarah Palin.

Hey NBC, maybe you need to pick up Brian Ross so you can hands-down be the least trusted network.

bw222 on July 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

plewis on July 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Let’s take a closer look at a few of your straws.
Salt Lake City was selected for the 2002 winter olympics in 1995. What was Romney doing in 1995? Did Romney start the organization that got Salt Lake City selected as the site of the olympics? Was he even involved? No. And the people who did failed miserably.

Ok, so Romney, as a successful business turn-around “artist” gets selected to save an olympics that is falling apart – and did so – producing a $40 Million surplus.

Was it more expensive than all the others – combined? Apparently. It was also the biggest winter olympics ever with 10 additional events added since the prior winter games. And how much more expensive is construction and labor than it was in 1904, or any other year for that matter? (the only other winter games in the US were 1960 and 1980)

So what’s your point?

dentarthurdent on July 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

When we can make the choice to volumtarily send our own money as donations to the federal government then you can compare the two statements.

snosanric on July 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

If the playing field of the debates was even, then I wouldn’t worry. At all. Likewise, if the media reported fairly, I wouldn’t worry, I think Obama might have resigned or been impeached by now actually…

My concern re the debates is whether Mitt knows that 100% of his questions will all be in the fairness region of “Why do you beat your wife?” and 95% of Obama’s will all be “How awesome are you really?” Tthe persons asking the questions of course will not be that obvious, they will ask Obama all softballs, and Romney will get punched in the face over and over and over and over. He can survive ONLY if he is prepared for what they plan to do to him.

Anyone whose eyes are open will of course see what is going on, but the low information voter will decide this election, and I just don’t think they’ll be smart enough to detect the brutality.

JustTruth101 on July 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Why are you so afraid of the full quote?

lester on July 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

The full quote has been pasted and played on this site hundreds of times. Are you not paying attention or have you been gone for the last week?
Why are you unable to read what’s there?

dentarthurdent on July 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

When I saw a report on this this morning, I had exactly the same reaction.

To be sure, on the surface, the words sound similar,
but take a look at the context (gasp! the horrors!!!), and anyone with half a brain and sense of fairness will be able to separate the wheat community from the chaff community organizer.

Czar of Defenestration on July 23, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Tthe persons asking the questions of course will not be that obvious, they will ask Obama all softballs, and Romney will get punched in the face over and over and over and over. He can survive ONLY if he is prepared for what they plan to do to him.
JustTruth101 on July 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

exactamundo…

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 5:53 PM

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. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”
lester on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Nobody’s “afraid” of the whole quote. It’s just tedious to keep re-posting it, even though there are other delicious parts to it, like the part shown above, in which Barry falsely claims that the government invented the internet so that businesses could use it to make money. Yes, we all use the internet now and lots of people make money because of it, but government did not invent it. The engineers at Xerox did. Xerox engineers also invented the personal computer, and Steve Jobs made it better, not government.

But as we all know, Barry Obama is never one to let any actual facts get in the way of his narratives.

AZCoyote on July 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

“voluntarily”

need to get my reading glasses out.

snosanric on July 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

there appears to be some confusion on your part erika. perhaps being bluegills favorite blogger has gone to your head.

the democrats are crafting whats called a narrative about mitt. doesn’t have to be true, just consistent, screamed daily throughout the media.

mitt is the father of obamacare. he also “fixed” the olympics using government.

you see obama is going to portray himself as a true leftist. not the cowardly meek rino-leftist mitt is.

renalin on July 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

you see obama is going to portray himself as a true leftist. not the cowardly meek rino-leftist mitt is.

renalin on July 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Which is why you’re voting for Obama. We get it.

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

NBC continues to defend Obama for what they wish he had said (at least out loud to the proles) rather than what he actually did say. I thought it was Gibbs job to carry Obama’s water, but I guess NBC wants the job.

besser tot als rot on July 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Bleh. Carney’s job. Whoever the darn press secretary is nowadays.

besser tot als rot on July 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

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. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”
lester on July 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

And actually it wasn’t even just government that invented it. DARPA makes very heavy use of contractors (private businesses) to do what they do. They are highly dependent on private companies to work with them as partners to develop the things they develop.

dentarthurdent on July 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I don’t think Romney’s speech was laying the ground for confiscating the medals the atheletes had won.

Obama, on the other hand…….

iurockhead on July 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Yes, we all use the internet now and lots of people make money because of it, but government did not invent it. The engineers at Xerox did.

AZCoyote on July 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The Department of Defense invented the Internet Protocol(IP).
The DOD model is the basis for the OSI model which is the industry standard for IT development. Hate to say it but he Gov’t did invent the internet.

Buttercup on July 23, 2012 at 6:19 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

Here’s a story line for MSNBC:

The thrill of victory – 2008; the agony of defeat – 2012.

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

Why are you so afraid of the full quote once again trying to explain what the words of a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard actually meant?
 
lester on July 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

 
FIFY

rogerb on July 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I don’t think Romney’s speech was laying the ground for confiscating the medals the atheletes had won.

Obama, on the other hand…….

iurockhead on July 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

That money in a 401K account with your name on it isn’t really yours, someone else helped arrange that it be given to you.

That money you think is yours in an IRA? Sorry, someone along the waaah made it possible for that money to be there…

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

The Department of Defense invented the Internet Protocol(IP).
The DOD model is the basis for the OSI model which is the industry standard for IT development. Hate to say it but he Gov’t did invent the internet.
Buttercup on July 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

See my earlier post about who actually does a lot, if not most of the work for DoD – and more specifically DARPA – the agency that gets the credit for the internet.

And actually it wasn’t even just government that invented it. DARPA makes very heavy use of contractors (private businesses) to do what they do. They are highly dependent on private companies to work with them as partners to develop the things they develop.

dentarthurdent on July 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

DARPA couldn’t have done it without the help of private contractors.

dentarthurdent on July 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

These two stories, taken together, form a third story whose differences are its strengths.

Axe on July 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.

Simple stuff.

Chuck Schick on July 23, 2012 at 5:45 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:

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

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

I totally disagree – Romney is an actual successful capitalist where Obama is nothing more than a socialist or even communist at heart – very big difference.
If you choose neither, then you by default are choosing Obama.

dentarthurdent on July 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

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