Obama: Hey, Romney’s taking my “you didn’t build that” line out of context

posted at 11:21 am on July 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How can you tell when a campaign knows it has stepped into quagmire?  It shifts to defense and starts complaining about context.  After several days of attempting to defend his “you didn’t build that” remark, Barack Obama shifted last night to a defense that originated with some of his on-line apologists — that Mitt Romney took his remark out of context:

The president, after taking a few-day hiatus from campaigning along with Romney out of respect for the victims of the Colorado mass shooting, set out on a round of fundraisers where he tried again to douse the still-simmering controversy over his ill-phrased remarks on business in America.

Speaking in Oakland Monday night, he said Romney knowingly “twisted my words around” to imply he didn’t care about small business.

The fundraiser remarks marked the latest effort by the Obama campaign to claim Romney pulled his quote out of context. The Obama campaign released a web video titled “Tampered” on Monday that made the same point.

However, the campaign did not initially mount this argument. In the days immediately following the comments, in which the president suggested businesses owe their success in large part to government, the campaign defended the president’s remarks — without claiming they were taken out of context.

Jen Rubin writes this morning that the campaign has run off the rails:

How did Obama get so cross-wise with public opinion and wind up at odds with one of the most popular institutions in America? Well, he became convinced he had to personally destroy Romney. He thereby let the anti-business assaults become the campaign. Meanwhile, his affection for government become a chip on his shoulder, prompting him to dare those private-sector wise guys to deny the centrality of government in their success. Yikes.

The Obama people argue simultaneously that he was taken out of context and that his denigration of individual effort is still valid. (“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.”) A more skilled politician like Bill Clinton could pull that off, but Obama? I doubt it.

He better hope undecided voters aren’t paying so much attention. Otherwise, his anti-business animus could well be his undoing.

As Romney pointed out yesterday in an interview with CNBC, the context Obama claims makes the quote even worse:

“The context, he says, you know, you think you’ve been successful because you’re smart, but he says a lot of people are smart. You think you’ve been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard. This is an ideology which says hey, we’re all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past,” Romney said. “It’s a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy.”

It’s actually even worse than that.  The context which Obama claims is that he was talking about small business owners not building the infrastructure, not their businesses.  But who pays for infrastructure?  Government doesn’t pull the money off the magic trees of the Progressive Sunshine Forest; they take capital from taxpayers, either current or (increasingly) future taxpayers.  Small businesses generate a large amount of that tax base, thanks to the point-of-sale transactions conducted and the labor they use, as well as property taxes and the like.  If anyone should get credit for the infrastructure for successful markets, it’s the small businessman.  Even in context, Obama and Elizabeth Warren treat small businesses like parasites rather than the foundation for the economy which makes all their beloved infrastructure possible at all.

Michael Ramirez turns his expert eye on this particular aspect of the context, and identifies with his Pulitzer Prize-winning skill who the real parasites are:

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

And a heads-up — Ramirez will have a new book out soon.  We’ll have more on that later this summer.


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Out of context? Has Obama or anyone associated with his administration or campaign bothered trying to explain what he really meant by those remarks? Because I’ve heard and read them in full context many times and the meaning seems quite clear.

Doughboy on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Nothing to take out of context.
Come on Bammy.
Have the ba!!s to stand by your Big Government rhetoric.
Cuz their ain’t no other way to take your comments.
POS.

Badger40 on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Parse away, trolls! It makes for an amusing read.

CurtZHP on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Ramirez didn’t draw that, somebody else made it appear on the pages of Investors business Daily. There’s a whole nation of hard-working good cartoonists out there. Don’t think Ramirez is able to convey all that wit on his own, cause he can’t.

abobo on July 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Government doesn’t pull the money off the magic trees of the Progressive Sunshine Forest

Now, they can electronically create the money.

Oil Can on July 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yeah, play more of the speech it gets better. For Republicans.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

They’re now smearing the guy in the “These Hands” ad AT ABC now.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/star-of-romney-my-hands-didnt-build-this-ad-received-millions-in-government-loans-and-contracts/

Meanwhile, back at the TOO BIG TO FAIL RANCH:

Too Big To Fail is even expanding under Dodd-Frank.

Just last week, after consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Nasdaq exchange unveiled its plan to compensate investors who lost money during the botched Facebook IPO.

Buried in the fine print of the “accommodation” plan is a key clause, in which Nasdaq says its legal liabilities must be capped because:

“If exchanges could be called upon to bear all costs associated with system malfunctions and the varying reactions of market participants taken in their wake, the potential would exist for a single catastrophic event to bankrupt one or multiple exchanges, with attendant consequences for investor confidence and macroeconomic stability.”

In other words, add the Nasdaq to the list of Too Big To Fail entities.

Later this week, Geithner is scheduled to appear before Congress. There’s talk among some staffers of placing him under oath so he’ll be completely forthcoming about what he knew about the latest industry scandal, the alleged manipulation of the financial benchmark known as Libor.
While they’re at it, the members of Congress might also prod the Treasury secretary as to why he’s done next to nothing to end Too Big To Fail, and has even watched the pernicious practice expand to other financial institutions outside the big banks under his watch.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/too_big_to_fail_grows_cVFocOFPEAJyQ4LgCR2ilO#ixzz21YP0Mi33

mountainaires on July 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Obama is such a crybaby.

Liam on July 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I wrote here about something that’s missing from President Obama’s speech: praise for the risk-takers & the decisionmakers.

I also dissect what Stephanie Cutter didn’t say & why it’s important.

LFRGary on July 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

How many days until they claim that 0bama was just joking?

pedestrian on July 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Ramirez didn’t draw that, somebody else made it appear on the pages of Investors business Daily. There’s a whole nation of hard-working good cartoonists out there. Don’t think Ramirez is able to convey all that wit on his own, cause he can’t.

abobo on July 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Well played Sir.

Kataklysmic on July 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Ramirez didn’t draw that, somebody else made it appear on the pages of Investors business Daily. There’s a whole nation of hard-working good cartoonists out there. Don’t think Ramirez is able to convey all that wit on his own, cause he can’t.

abobo on July 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Printers union, truck driver union, telecomm union worker…all these make Ramirez a success, not his imagination and talent for cartooning.

BobMbx on July 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

True enough. TFGRP didn’t get through college on his own, he had the help of many great teachers and professors to help along the way.

In fact I believe we should know the names of those heroes who taught Barky at Columbia and Harvard, so let’s get a look at those transcripts so the teachers can be properly thanked.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

For a campaign that has done nothing but lie about Romney’s record, for them to say Romney “knowingly” took something out of context is just rich.

And, lets be clear, Obama’s past statements show that this was not taken out of context. This was a rare unscripted moment when Obama told America what he truly believes.

milcus on July 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Parse away, trolls! It makes for an amusing read.

CurtZHP on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Poor old lester was spinning this line so much yesterday that he was just a Troll Blur.

But every time he re-posted the entire quote, more and more people saw it, and more and more people saw poor lester’s desperate attempts to change the meaning of what O’bama said into something it wasn’t.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Somehow I don’t think this will go away. Mitt/team needs to keep this out front everytime they give a speech or make an ad! bho said, bho own’s it, bho can’t un-do it!
L

letget on July 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

“The private sector is doing just fine”
“Turns out the shovel ready jobs weren’t as shovel ready as we thought”
“In four days we will embark on fundamentally changing this nation”

we have all the context we need

DanMan on July 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

It’s as much the snarky way he says that businesses don’t succeed without the government that was the real campaign killer that has kept this story alive.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Why doesn’t anyone point out that highways and sewers and water systems are all built by private companies?

Grunt on July 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

A deep shame we have such a marginally articulate and rhetorically challenged presidential candidate. Romney’s responses are so windy and weak, at least in relation to Obama’s insidiousness.

rrpjr on July 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Barry let his mask slip – now comes the spin to cover it up.

GarandFan on July 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Because we once again need to explain what a Magna Cum Laude Harvard Law graduate actually meant.

rogerb on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Speaking in Oakland Monday night, he said Romney knowingly “twisted my words around” to imply he didn’t care about small business.

No. He called out Obama for not giving credit to those who create small businesses. I wonder, is Obama taking credit away from the job creators, or is it more that, as head of government, he’s trying to take more credit for himself? Either way, it’s highly offensive.

Paul-Cincy on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

No, he didn’t.

The President is a Delusional Oaf.

Here is Exhibit I

and

Exhibit II

Obama: Under Me “People Have A New Attitude Toward America” And “More Confidence”</blockquote>

Note the dictatorial “under me”.

You provide others…because there must be at least 1001.

A triple-themed thesis will be written, hopefylly soon, on how delusional Obama is, and how psychologicaly sick, and how he fooled a world. Such must, absolutely must be punished. That he is a dummy marionette makes him that much more dangerous.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

HAHA Defense may win Championships – but it don’t win elections !!

moc23 on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I fear Obama may be on the verge of a meltdown. While it would be interesting to see, it could easily turn him into a real dictator.

MobileVideoEngineer on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Obama: “You are taking my Presidency out of context”

faraway on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Seeing as SOMEONE ELSE is responsible for where I am in life, I sure wish that SOMEONE ELSE would pay my taxes.

GarandFan on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Here is how we know Obama meant – Generally Thru Inference, so popular in public schools these days, -what he said:

The crowd inferred and cheered along with him, they were not cheering for the roads and the bridges, they were cheering for Obama sassing the Business Owner.

Here is another way we know what Obama meant: Because it is exactly what Elizabeth Pocohantas Warren said when she was not pretending to be someone she was not.

see You Tube here courtesy of the MASS GOP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsiAtXyv_WA

It is Obama’s Message = it is Prof. Warren’s message. Obama was just sloppy and offTotus.

Fleuries on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Poor old lester was spinning this line so much yesterday that he was just a Troll Blur.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Which thread was that?

pedestrian on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

All those people hooping and hollering in the crowd seemed to have taken it out of context as well, then.

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I think the most damning thing about the whole situation is the ad from Obama’s own camp.

It played Romney’s quote, said “But that’s not what he said”, then played the Obama quote, which was identical AND correct in context.

The Jedi Mind Trick will not work this time around.

teke184 on July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Yeah, play more of the speech it gets better. For Republicans.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Exactly. If you listen to the speech Obama is clearly making the point that business owners owe society because they don’t own their success – that it was a stoke of luck and the business owner should have the expectation that government is going to create equality by taking back what the business owner took and redistributing it.

gwelf on July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I’m posting this separately because it is awe-inspiring.

Such an Oaf there never was, in all of history.

What a curse on the land, and what foolish people to not see what is in front of them, a Charlatan Extraordianaire.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

“It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth, but at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe. Only government can break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending; where an inability to lend and borrow stops growth and leads to even less credit.”

I guess “short term” means two terms.

“There will be time for them to make profits, and there will be time for them to get bonuses, now is not that time. And that’s a message that I intend to send directly to them”

We need to hear another story, Obama.

Electrongod on July 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

A cartoon of Obama’s teleprompter melting down would just about fit this occasion…

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Move on, Dog Eater, you’ll be hearing your own words until election day so just accept and deal with it. In fact when you are taking your final ride back to Murderville, Illinois you can reflect back and know that was the day you screwed your reelection chances straight into the ground.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Mika Boobinski tried the “context” defense this morning and the rest of the panel literally laughed in her face.

Ramirez is a hoot. And a holler.

Naturally Curly on July 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

In the days immediately following the comments, in which the president suggested businesses owe their success in large part to government, the campaign defended the president’s remarks — without claiming they were taken out of context.

But the private sector is doing fine. That’s why we have to concentrate in getting people into those public sector unionized jobs that coincidentally send truckloads of cash to Obama’s reelection fund.

It is clear that Obama’s people thought this would go away if they ramped up demands for Romney to release his tax returns or something. Then they defended the comments with the “it takes a village” argument. When that failed they went with the ever popular “I was misquoted” theme.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Obama: Hey, Romney’s taking my “you didn’t build that” line out of context

To paraphrase Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the 0bama campaign needs to put on their big boy’s and big girl’s pants and quit their whining.

UltimateBob on July 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

…Hey! …I didn’t say what I said!…hey JugEars!…you got your “context” between your legs…TWIST ON THAT!

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Why doesn’t anyone point out that highways and sewers and water systems are all built by private companies?

Grunt on July 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I’ve said it many times over the last few days – but I would like to see some of the bloggers actually pick up that theme as well.
They’re missing a major point that the government hires private companies to do the actual work.
I would have loved to see someone from G.E. Johnson or some other major construction company jump up and say “hey – actually – I DID build a lot of those roads and bridges”.

dentarthurdent on July 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

We need GOP ads slamming our future if Ogabe is re-elected – a Soviet style collectivist future of no-hope for all (except Ogabe’s ruling clique).

Ogabe on July 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Q: “How did Obama get so cross-wise with public opinion and wind up at odds with one of the most popular institutions in America?”

A: He left his Teleprompter at home.

jaydee_007 on July 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Note also that the full quote includes an often-unreferenced “that”. Video here. Quote:
 

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

rogerb on July 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I love the tard students that agree with oblunders comment “you didnt do that”. I have a question for them, With regards to your GPA, Did you do that,or did someone else make that happen?

ColdWarrior57 on July 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

So here’s the Obama correction:

I didn’t mean to say that small business owners didn’t build their business. I meant to say that they owe all their success to the collective because we built the roads and educated their employees and since it’s unfair that they should get all the profits from the work everyone did I’m saying we need to spread those profits around a little bit.

gwelf on July 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Out of context has been Obama’s favorite defense since 2008. Look it up. He’s always out of context. It’s odd how often he says things that he totally didn’t say.

lorien1973 on July 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Good. Got under his thin skin.

Keep this topic upmost in Americans’ minds.

Sir Napsalot on July 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

“We’ve got to spread the wealth around.”

“We are going to fundamentally change America.”

“America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

“And we can see the positive impacts right here at Solyndra.”

“Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market.”

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

“I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

“I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.”

“I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

“I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

“I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.”

“I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

“If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.”

coldwarrior on July 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Poor old lester was spinning this line so much yesterday that he was just a Troll Blur.

But every time he re-posted the entire quote, more and more people saw it, and more and more people saw poor lester’s desperate attempts to change the meaning of what O’bama said into something it wasn’t.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I was half-tempted to engage the little gnat, but you were doing such a sterling job of beating him like the red-headed stepchild of a rented mule I decided to simply sit back and watch a master at work.

CurtZHP on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Poor old lester was spinning this line so much yesterday that he was just a Troll Blur.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Which thread was that?

pedestrian on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This one

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

We need GOP ads slamming our future if Ogabe is re-elected – a Soviet style collectivist future of no-hope for all (except Ogabe’s ruling clique).

Ogabe on July 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

You even got the screen name? I was given the cease and desist email of death from AP for using the term “Ogabe” to describe TFGRP. Man, it seems some people are more equal than others around here.

Attica! ATTICA!

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Out of context has been Obama’s favorite defense since 2008. Look it up. He’s always out of context. It’s odd how often he says things that he totally didn’t say.

lorien1973 on July 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Obama did say that his biggest weakness has been that he hasn’t told us enough stories. He figures we’re missing a lot of context.

gwelf on July 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Hilarious.

li’l bammie’s rudderless flailing brings me great joy.

Tim_CA on July 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Waaaaaaaa

cmsinaz on July 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

By the way, is that a life preserver or an IED that Jug-ears is wearing in the cartoon?

Naturally Curly on July 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

And, lets be clear, Obama’s past statements show that this was not taken out of context. This was a rare unscripted moment when Obama told America what he truly believes thought he was back in Chicago in a small room full of people “who look like him” and constantly repeat “mmmmmm mmmmmmm mmmmmmm” whenever he pauses for it.

milcus on July 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Witness how a community is organized.

BobMbx on July 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

If only the U.S. was more like China. Fast trains, gleaming cities, the ability to get rid of people who dare question the politburo.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Poor old lester was spinning this line so much yesterday that he was just a Troll Blur.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Which thread was that?

pedestrian on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This one

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

And verbaldouche was trying it in one of the other threads – clearly a sight to behold!

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I was half-tempted to engage the little gnat, but you were doing such a sterling job of beating him like the red-headed stepchild of a rented mule I decided to simply sit back and watch a master at work.

CurtZHP on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Chuck Schick also took a razor to lester in that thread as well.

Perhaps the coup de grace was when I reminded poor lester that the very first Internet Service Provider on the planet was a private company headquartered in Boston, The World. It’s still in business.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Bish,

If “Allahsnipplehair” is acceptable….

BobMbx on July 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Out of context, huh?

Bwahahahahahaha.

That’s OK O’Butthead, keep steppin’ in it

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Out of context has been Obama’s favorite defense since 2008. Look it up. He’s always out of context. It’s odd how often he says things that he totally didn’t say.

lorien1973 on July 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I don’t unnnerstannnnd – how could such a super intelligent, phenominal speaker be so misunderstood and taken out of context by you people every time he speaks? You’re all racist…../lester

dentarthurdent on July 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I hope somebody from the Romney campaign takes a cue from this new Scott Brown ad that hammers both the boy king and Elizabeth Warren for their “you didn’t build that” statements, using pro-business comments from LBJ, JFK and others.

Let America Be America Again

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Agree with above

Put on your big boy pants

cmsinaz on July 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

So the greatest orator since Cicero can’t explain away a quote that actually looks worse when it’s in context?

Welcome to Bizarro World.

crazy_legs on July 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Obama holding the tea cup is a real nice touch…

Kraken on July 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/what-makes-obama-run/Content?oid=889221

Now for a new trick; I’m going to “take Obama out of context” 25 years after he says something… because I have a time machine.

“In America,” Obama says, “we have this strong bias toward individual action. You know, we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations.”

Individual action, bad. Collective action (like government action) is the only laudable action to be found… Barack Obama of 25 years ago.

But we’re supposed to believe he’s changed, he doesn’t believe this anymore, and he didn’t really say the same thing showing the same beliefs and Romney unfairly quoted him to say things he’s said for decades?

Or I used my time machine to rewrite his quotes from 25 years ago… I’m sure that’s his new explanation.

gekkobear on July 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Obama did say that his biggest weakness has been that he hasn’t told us enough stories. He figures we’re missing a lot of context.

gwelf on July 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Lying liars lie using stories, it’s all he’s done, really.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Thanks. Swing and a miss.

I don’t unnnerstannnnd – how could such a super intelligent, phenominal speaker be so misunderstood and taken out of context by you people every time he speaks? You’re all racist…../lester

dentarthurdent on July 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

By “taken out of context,” 0bama means that it was said at a fund-raiser of red-diaper liberals and not intended to be heard by swing voters.

pedestrian on July 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM

In fact when you are taking your final ride back to Murderville, Illinois you can reflect back and know that was the day you screwed your reelection chances straight into the ground.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Who says Friday the 13th isn’t a lucky day? It will probably turn out to be Mitt Romney’s favorite day. Barky . . . not so much.

AZCoyote on July 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

So I guess that video we have on him saying those exact words is taken out of context as well, right?

RIGHT!

pilamaye on July 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Why is Obama shown wearing a floatation device?

Being the wooden boy that his is..he should be quite buoyant.

Electrongod on July 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

You even got the screen name? I was given the cease and desist email of death from AP for using the term “Ogabe” to describe TFGRP. Man, it seems some people are more equal than others around here.

Attica! ATTICA!

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I’ve had it for a few years now.

I’ve had some of my posts disappear but I’ve never received the email (yet).

I don’t know why someone would complain about calling Barry ‘Ogabe’ in this day and age. The left trashes us with every slur in the book so what’s wrong with a bit of payback?

Ogabe on July 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

At the core it’s a pretty silly argument. Every successful entrepreneur will acknowledge the help of some combination of family, employees, friends, financial backers, etc. in his success. Every thoughtful businessman will recognize that building a successful company in the US is much easier than in the Central African Republic because of the laws, infrastructure, traditions, etc. made possible by those who came before him.

The problem is when Obama thinks business people should be extremely grateful for Interstate 10 and Florida Power & Light. We’re America for God’s sake, not a Third World country — yet. We have a right to expect these resources exist for us, just as future generations have the right to expect that they have been maintained for them. And although government has certainly played an important role, the creation of these assets mostly derives from the same profit-driven motives that Obama and his ilk disparage. For business people to acknowledge the vast contribution of the Wichita lineman to their success is absurd.

bobs1196 on July 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Why is Obama shown wearing a floatation device?

Electrongod on July 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

He did say that he didn’t look like those other presidents.

pedestrian on July 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Obama: I didn’t say these people didn’t build their business – I meant to say that their success is completely arbitrary, unfair and built on the backs of the collective so they owe us! See – I’m not a statist!

gwelf on July 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Even HA favorite Jake Tapper is coming to Dear Leader’s defense…

d1carter on July 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Or I used my time machine to rewrite his quotes from 25 years ago…

gekkobear on July 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Yes, you did, you radical, callous, woman-hating, right-wing ideologue.

- Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

gekkobear on July 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Time machines are raaaaacist. So is quoting Obama.

AZCoyote on July 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Seeing as SOMEONE ELSE is responsible for where I am in life, I sure wish that SOMEONE ELSE would pay my taxes.

I know you’re being sarcastic, but this is, in a nutshell, what 0bama hopes many people actually believe.

MidniteRambler on July 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Why is Obama shown wearing a floatation device?

Electrongod on July 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

hmmm… I thought he was a duck.

faraway on July 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

nice work Ramirez.

ted c on July 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

“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.”

Frightening that this was said by a president of the United States.

Ben Hur on July 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

IF you/we didnt make that happen some one else did, then shouldnt that someone else pay the taxes?

ColdWarrior57 on July 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Small businesses generate a large amount of that tax base, thanks to the point-of-sale transactions conducted and the labor they use, as well as property taxes and the like.

Especially property taxes. Once a major business moves into a town or city, it pays more property taxes than many single-family homes, and LOCAL property taxes (NOT the Federal Government) pay for most of the infrastructure in a city. While Governments PAY for infrastructure, they don’t actually build it, but usually hire private contractors!

Can’t wait to see a Ramirez cartoon of Romney and Obama standing in front of the White House, and Romney holding a key and telling Obama “You didn’t build that.”

Steve Z on July 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

The Obama people argue simultaneously that he was taken out of context and that his denigration of individual effort is still valid.

Heh. Translation= “I didn’t do it, but, even if I did, it wasn’t my fault.”

a capella on July 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

If only the U.S. was more like China. Fast trains, gleaming cities, the ability to get rid of people who dare question the politburo.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Olympics venues crumbling faster than paper Greek columns. Or, what $40 billion can buy.

de rigueur on July 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Problem is, folks, is that we’ve been lax in our ardor and have not been reading the correct quotes from Chairman Obama.

These are the only quotations we are permitted to utter…ever.

We need to refocus our energies, imbue ourselves with proper obeisance and devotion to Our Leader.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Why is Obama shown wearing a floatation device?

Electrongod on July 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Because Ramirez is a raaaaacist who is suggesting Obama can’t swim . . . or something.

I’d like to see Gen. Washington putting his boot up Obama’s commie, anti-American azz . . . but that’s just me.

AZCoyote on July 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why is Obama shown wearing a floatation device?

Being the wooden empty boy that his is..he should be quite buoyant.

Electrongod on July 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Fify, gratis…plus, the device was drawn to show that George III built it, rubes.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM

If anyone should get credit for the infrastructure for successful markets, it’s the small businessman. Even in context, Obama and Elizabeth Warren treat small businesses like parasites rather than the foundation for the economy which makes all their beloved infrastructure possible at all.

Bravo, Ed! Standing ovation!!!

ITguy on July 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Q: “How did Obama get so cross-wise with public opinion and wind up at odds with one of the most popular institutions in America?”

A: He left his Teleprompter at home.

jaydee_007 on July 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I have to wonder if his handlers are having second thoughts about letting him speak freely. When he’s off the prompter there’s nothing but upside there for us.

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Romney ought to come out with an ad that is nothing but Obama’s speech in its entirety. Let Obama speak to the people himself.

Liberals like Obama have no clue whatsoever as to what makes a business succeed. They think it’s all luck or connections or dirty tricks, so why shouldn’t they demand a bigger piece of business’s pie? Anybody could have done what they did, there’s nothing special about someone who built his own business, so they should share the spoils with their “equals”. That’s Obama’s message, that’s his guiding philosophy on domestic economics. Make him own it.

Socratease on July 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Obama: Hey, Romney’s taking my “you didn’t build that” line out of context

Then, by all means, play the entire passage in your ads because the line is actually more devastating when put “in context.” Americans, who start small businesses, will love hearing you tell them that they aren’t that smart and hardworking. Further, you imply that they do not pay taxes.

Since 50% of businesses fail within the first year, why didn’t all of those “roads and bridges” save them, chump? How much in taxes are those failed businesses paying?

Resist We Much on July 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Trolls off on Tues? Oh wait, maybe it’s breakfast time.

hillsoftx on July 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Lemonade girls…We built our business
http://nation.foxnews.com/fox-friends/2012/07/24/lemonade-stand-girls-obama-we-built-our-business

workingclass artist on July 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I’m glad to see that the lightweight is juxtaposed with George Washington, a guy who marched, camped, fought, planned, executed, resourced, motivated and led troops back in his day. He laid the foundations that Obama walks on and scoffs at. He signed the Constitution and framed the Article II powers that Obama happens to enjoy. So, you’re right Obama, you didn’t build that office that you enjoy your arugala in, someone else did that.

ted c on July 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Jen Rubin writes this morning that the campaign has run off the rails:

Who built the rails?

Bmore on July 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

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