‘You didn’t build that’: When push-back falls flat

posted at 12:41 pm on July 26, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

He’s down to 35 percent approval among business owners, and that was before “you didn’t build that.” We’ll see in future polls exactly how they react to Obama’s July 13th comments in Roanoke. Until then, Obama’s trying to turn this around on Mitt Romney.

Yesterday was supposed to mark the Obama campaign’s “nuclear” response to the “you didn’t build that” attacks from camp Romney, with an emphasis on milk fees in Massachusetts while Romney was governor:

If you’re the Governor that raised a fee on milk and attempted to impose a $10 fee for a state certificate of blindness, it becomes clear why Mitt Romney doesn’t want to talk about his record as Governor on jobs or the economy or budget and taxes.

While I generally object to fee hikes of all kinds, if $38 million in negative advertising on Bain in June didn’t move the needle for Obama, is this line of attack likely to?

In response to Obama’s push-back, Team Romney sent out the entire clip of Obama’s remarks, notably unmanipulated or trimmed and a list of business owners quoted in local press taking umbrage at the president’s remarks. The beauty of the gaffe for Romney’s camp is the entire passage is offensive, even without “you didn’t build that.” As such, Romney’s campaign has been using the entire passage, in context, since its first attack ad on the subject.

If I were Obama, I wouldn’t have argued I was taken out of context, since the other team can so quickly prove that’s not the case. I would have argued I wasn’t talking about small business, but big ol’ meanie businesses with low effective tax rates and big lawyers making sure they get a bunch of write-offs. His original statement didn’t specify small business. Romney played it smart by making the business owner next door the face of their attacks. Obama took the bait. In the first sentence of his response ad, he concedes that ground:

“Those ads taking my words about small business out of context — they’re flat-out wrong,” Obama says in the commercial.

The whole rest of his campaign and ideology are about drawing those lines between “good” businesses and “bad” businesses, rich and poor, big and small (except all the rich people and big businesses he exempts from his paradigm for the price of a $35,000 plate of filet). Why not just claim this comment was more of the same? But you can’t do that if you start 11 days after the gaffe.

During Obama’s push-back, what was the No. 1 news story of the day for the left? A national jihad on chicken sandwiches. That’ll turn this around.

At least the Obama campaign is effectively educating the children about conservatives’ long-time objection to roads and bridges. From a mildly creepy pool report on Michelle Obama’s travels by the Dayton Daily News‘ Jeremy Kelley Tuesday:

FLOTUS joined a group of eight volunteers making phone calls, urging people to attend the campaign’s Weekend of Action events on July 28.

FLOTUS went up and down the table, hugging volunteers and talking to them about their lives. One volunteer, making calls with her college-age daughter, eagerly thanked FLOTUS for all she does, with FLOTUS responding, “Now don’t make me cry.”

The daughter had a quiet, emotional conversation with FLOTUS, saying at one point, “I just really want to try to build bridges.”

“We’re doing it all for you, for your generation,” FLOTUS told the daughter. She said to all the volunteers, “You’ve been working so hard. You keep us going.”

Update: Here’s a great place for the president to learn about how much hard work and intelligence it takes to make a business run, especially when dogged by changing regulation and uncertainty.

Update: Did George Lakoff build the “you didn’t build that” argument Elizabeth Warren and Obama employed?


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Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Think “can’t we all just get along” bridge building and the statement makes perfect sense.

chemman on July 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Were going to need a bigger boat another chicken.

pain train on July 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The Romney people correctly realize that it is sufficient for them to remain at parity in the polls with Obama at least until the conventions — Romney can pull ahead then.

Romney cannot peak too soon and give Obama a sympathy rebound.

matthew8787 on July 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Maybe a bit ‘off topic’, though possibly not: How in the world will the emperor be able to participate in a Presidential debate? Every time he opens his mouth ‘off script’ he says something insanely stupid.

xmanvietnam on July 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

His escape hatch is a fawning media. The moderator will stop him in mid-sentence, if needed.

esr1951 on July 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Good on you, for walking out, chemman.

———-

Creeps are indignant.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

You owe me a fee :)

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

attempted to impose a $10 fee for a state certificate of blindness

I know someone that pretended to be blind in order to get handouts.

faraway on July 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Obama has 35% approval among business owners? Which business owners? Federally-funded alternative energy companies? Who else could possibly approve of him?

J.E. Dyer on July 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

While I generally object to fee hikes of all kinds, if $38 million in negative advertising on Bain in June didn’t move the needle for Obama, is this line of attack likely to?

They are flailing out of utter desperation, and I’m loving every minute of it.

UltimateBob on July 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

“Utter desperation”? I don’t see it. The problem is, Romney is the one who has to move the needle.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

We may get a twofer out of this…Dear Leader may just take down the legacy media with him.

d1carter on July 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Little Bammie is prepping the battlefield here. Long-term the narrative will be “that 401K with your name on it doesn’t really belong to you. All the rest of us helped you accumulate that wealth, and all the rest of us need it now more than you do.”

Ditto IRA and private pensions. Willie Sutton.

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

The beauty of the gaffe

NOT A GAFFE.

“President Obama’s instantly infamous ‘You didn’t build that’ speech is a major turning point of the 2012 election not because it was a gaffe but because it was an accurate and concise summary of core progressive fiscal dogma.

We must not let the Obama camp use the “it was a slip of the tongue” excuse, and you’re aiding them in this by repeatedly using the word “gaffe.”

He said exactly what he meant to say, and he said it clearly.

Zombie on July 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

It’s almost like God intervened to save America and stuck those words in his mouth.

aquaviva on July 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

My prayer for months has been that Obama’s own words would become a trap for him.

AubieJon on July 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

D-fusit @12:57
You missed it, CHEAP AS DIRT was selling popcorn in bulk for the run up to the election, it went as fast as they could get it in………..

angrymike on July 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Wait until the executive order legalizing pot comes out weeks before the election.

You know it’s coming…

HopeHeFails on July 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

No need. He already gets 97% of the Pothead vote.

Alabama Infidel on July 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

FLOTUS went up and down the table, hugging volunteers and talking to them about their lives.

Is she proud of her country today?

petefrt on July 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Roanoke: The lost Colony Presidency

Valkyriepundit on July 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I was thinking that also, except with the little twist on the Roanoke – Croatoan, if anyones a Supernatural fan you will get this.

D-fusit on July 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

If you’re the Governor that raised a fee on milk and attempted to impose a $10 fee for a state certificate of blindness, it becomes clear why Mitt Romney doesn’t want to talk about his record as Governor on jobs or the economy or budget and taxes.

But once Massachusetts (or any other state) certifies that a resident is legally blind, wouldn’t the benefits paid by the state to the blind person greatly exceed $10?

Steve Z on July 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Lowered expectations is how Obama ended up in the White House.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

“Utter desperation”? I don’t see it. The problem is, Romney is the one who has to move the needle.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Yes, if you believe the polls, all of which are questionable.

I really think Team Romney are doing better than the polls show, and the 0bama administration campaign (same thing, really) realizes that they’re behind, and they are scared to death.

UltimateBob on July 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Croatoan, if anyones a Supernatural fan you will get this.

D-fusit on July 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Maybe something different. We wouldn’t want to insult the good people of Croatia, would we?

Steve Z on July 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The daughter had a quiet, emotional conversation with FLOTUS, saying at one point, “I just really want to try to build bridges.”

err…whut?

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

My thought exactly. Does she want to be a bridge engineer? Otherwise, her statement doesn’t compute.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

They’re liberals. It doesn’t have to make any sense or be rational in any form – it’s all about the feelings.

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

“A national jihad on chicken sandwiches.”

Well-played Ham, well-played.

King B on July 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

We must not let the Obama camp use the “it was a slip of the tongue” excuse, and you’re aiding them in this by repeatedly using the word “gaffe.”

He said exactly what he meant to say, and he said it clearly.

Zombie on July 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Exactly right. This is what he believes. It was an off-telepromter, Joe the plumber moment, except this time it will stick.

Alabama Infidel on July 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Little Bammie is prepping the battlefield here. Long-term the narrative will be “that 401K with your name on it doesn’t really belong to you. All the rest of us helped you accumulate that wealth, and all the rest of us need it now more than you do.”

Ditto IRA and private pensions. Willie Sutton.

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

And then he’s coming for your PAYCHECK–well, for those who are still receiving them.

stukinIL4now on July 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Obama: “You didn’t become gay. The government made you gay”

faraway on July 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

At least the kid didn’t ask about nucular proliferation an’ stuff…that’d be too Carteresque.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

TOTUS, call on line one.

pain train on July 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The beauty of the gaffe for Romney’s camp is the entire passage is offensive, even without “you didn’t build that.”

For me it is the snarky tone that he delivers the attack. But it is pretty lame if yesterday was Team Kenya going nuclear.

Happy Nomad on July 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The Romney people correctly realize that it is sufficient for them to remain at parity in the polls with Obama at least until the conventions — Romney can pull ahead then.

Romney cannot peak too soon and give Obama a sympathy rebound.

matthew8787 on July 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Well put. The Obama campaign is so inept that Romney will seem like a bully if they aren’t careful. No SuperPAC in the world that can help Mitt more than Obama does on a regular basis. Save as much money as possible for an October blitz.

Go RBNY on July 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Yes, if you believe the polls, all of which are questionable.

I really think Team Romney are doing better than the polls show, and the 0bama administration campaign (same thing, really) realizes that they’re behind, and they are scared to death.

UltimateBob on July 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

We see so many polls where the sample contains 5 to 10% more Democrats than Republicans. Rasmussen’s last poll (of 15,000 people) showed “partisan trends” as 35.4% Republican, 34.0% Democrat, and 30.5% Unaffiliated. Gallup’s latest poll shows that 51% of Republicans are “enthusiastic” about voting, while only 39% of Democrats are “enthusiastic”.

If there are slightly more Republicans than Democrats, and the Republicans are 12% more “enthusiastic”, which group will turn out more in November? If Romney starts with a larger “base”, he can win the election by at least breaking even among Indies, and most polls give Romney about a 10% lead among Indies.

Obama probably realizes that his base isn’t enthusiastic, and wants to excite them…but Romney is letting him move left so he can capture 55% or so of Indies and win the election.

Let’s remember that no one in the media knew anyone who voted for Nixon in 1972, but they came out en masse on Election Day. Reagan also trailed Carter in “the polls” until about 10 days before the 1980 election, and it wasn’t even close. Romney might not have the campaigning skills of the Gipper, but he’s got an opponent worse than Carter.

Steve Z on July 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Yes, if you believe the polls, all of which are questionable.

UltimateBob on July 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Strangely enough though, the ones that showed us that Romney is Da Man were never really questioned.

For me it is the snarky tone that he delivers the attack. But it is pretty lame if yesterday was Team Kenya going nuclear.

Happy Nomad on July 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

When they really start going after Romney’s Mormonism and his family, we can talk about “desperation” and “going nuclear”. Until then this is the usual spitwad fight.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

For me it is the snarky tone that he delivers the attack. But it is pretty lame if yesterday was Team Kenya going nuclear.

Happy Nomad on July 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

You would think that with a record like his, Obama would be more humble in his stump speeches.

Go RBNY on July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Reagan also trailed Carter in “the polls” until about 10 days before the 1980 election, and it wasn’t even close. Romney might not have the campaigning skills of the Gipper, but he’s got an opponent worse than Carter.

Steve Z on July 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Sorry, Romney isn’t even close, and the tired analogy is miles off the mark. Reagan trailed apparently hopelessly because for years he was viewed by many as a polarizing, ignorant, unelectable, Bircher-type washed-up joke of an actor-turned-politician.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

In 2008 “Spread the wealth around” wasn’t a gaffe either.

vityas on July 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Go RBNY on July 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Axelrod already tried that over at ABC yesterday…saying that Romney is the reason for all the negativity.

That dog, as Fred Thompson would say, don’t hunt.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

When they really start going after Romney’s Mormonism and his family, we can talk about “desperation” and “going nuclear”. Until then this is the usual spitwad fight.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

They already tried that. Sorry but there aren’t going to be any Levi Johnstons in Romney’s closet.

Go RBNY on July 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Yes, if you believe the polls, all of which are questionable.

I really think Team Romney are doing better than the polls show, and the 0bama administration campaign (same thing, really) realizes that they’re behind, and they are scared to death.

UltimateBob on July 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

And you might be on to something there…I was reading the other day that Obama campaign spent more than 3 millions on polling last month alone (internal polling that is) which means they are really scared and desperate that their message is not in sync with the public, also it says a lot about their distrust of the risible polls that are already out there as ridiculouslly skewed as they are towrads dems…Oh, and In May they spent other 2 millions on polls…that’s a lot of money for a campaign to spend on polls alone…

jimver on July 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Rush is spending a lot of time on “You didn’t build that”. As he says, it’s a frontal assault on American individualism aimed ultimately to undermine your property rights. It’s the subjugation of the individual to the state. The issue needs to be pressed from now to November.

petefrt on July 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Lowered expectations is how Obama ended up in the White House.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Latte hue, the ultimate form of racism.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Sorry, Romney isn’t even close

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You must mean that Fake NBC “Poll” that came out Tuesday. We already busted that.

Latest Fox News Poll has Romney in a statistical tie with O’bama. Gallup Daily has them tied. Most recent C-BS/NYT “Poll” has Romney ahead by 1.

Even Democrat National Public Radio has the two of them in a statistical tie.

I guess the words “not even close” have a different meaning on Uranus that they do here on Planet Earth. My Bad!

Oh, and PS:

FAIL

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

“Utter desperation”? I don’t see it. The problem is, Romney is the one who has to move the needle.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Yes, if you believe the polls, all of which are questionable.

I really think Team Romney are doing better than the polls show, and the 0bama administration campaign (same thing, really) realizes that they’re behind, and they are scared to death.

UltimateBob on July 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

DEL, you are the ultimate professor, you fairness in assessing is worthy a tenure in the academia….Have you ever considered that line of work? :)

jimver on July 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Obama campaign spent more than 3 millions on polling last month alone (internal polling that is) which means they are really scared and desperate that their message is not in sync with the public, also it says a lot about their distrust of the risible polls that are already out there as ridiculouslly skewed as they are towrads dems…Oh, and In May they spent other 2 millions on polls…that’s a lot of money for a campaign to spend on polls alone…

jimver on July 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Who knew it was even possible to spend 5 million dollars on polling in two months?

Go RBNY on July 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Lowered expectations is how Obama ended up in the White House.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Latte hue, the ultimate form of racism.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

More like mocha/moocha :)…

jimver on July 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Obama and Warren cribbed “build it” narrative from progressive Berkeley Professor

This is the article from Legal Insurrection that talks about George Lakoff and his “You Didn’t Build That” narrative. I love the snark from Rush when he says “George Lakoff: rhymes with …

PatriotGal2257 on July 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I guess the words “not even close” have a different meaning on Uranus that they do here on Planet Earth. My Bad!

Oh, and PS:

FAIL

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

“Not even close” to Reagan, dumbass.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

^ Oh, and no Rin Tin Tin reference? Disappointing.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

They already tried that.

Um, no they haven’t.

Sorry but there aren’t going to be any Levi Johnstons in Romney’s closet.

Go RBNY on July 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

There was a Levi Johnston skeleton in Bristol Palin’s closet, not her mother’s. But you knew that. I guess you take smears wherever you can find them.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Obama and Warren cribbed “build it” narrative from progressive Berkeley Professor

When in doubt, try the link that works.

Sorry about that, Chief. :)

PatriotGal2257 on July 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

DEL, you are the ultimate professor, you fairness in assessing is worthy a tenure in the academia….Have you ever considered that line of work? :)

jimver on July 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Considering his reading comprehension skills, God help those poor students.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

And we good on the North Koreans for being brainwashed.

Our mindless lemmings get free education, food stamps, medical care and subsidized housing. They also have access to the internet and the print media.

Yet, some of them are more brainwashed than the starved and beaten North Korean that’s never has a meal or decent home to live in.

Our sheep are way more embarrassing and pathetic than any North Korean.

acyl72 on July 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

NOT A GAFFE.

“President Obama’s instantly infamous ‘You didn’t build that’ speech is a major turning point of the 2012 election not because it was a gaffe but because it was an accurate and concise summary of core progressive fiscal dogma.”

We must not let the Obama camp use the “it was a slip of the tongue” excuse, and you’re aiding them in this by repeatedly using the word “gaffe.”

He said exactly what he meant to say, and he said it clearly.

Zombie on July 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

.
Dittos.

He said it “loud ‘n’ proud”, period.

listens2glenn on July 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I know HA is selective with Jon Stewart –
but his take-down on on this fictitious b.s was stellar.
Include Romney making exact same (real) points Obama did.
As Stewart rhetorically asks of Romney campaign, Fox News, many of you peeps, ‘Do you think we’re that stupid?’.
In this case they’re counting on it, but I think in the end Romney will be wearing the dunce cap for this one.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-july-25-2012/democalypse-2012—do-we-look-stupid–don-t-answer-that-edition—grammatical-gaffes

verbaluce on July 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Considering his reading comprehension skills, God help those poor students.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

No.

God will merely keep them on this earth. They will learn to help themselves.

coldwarrior on July 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

As Stewart rhetorically asks of Romney campaign, Fox News, many of you peeps, ‘Do you think we’re that stupid?’.
verbaluce on July 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM

For liberals the answer is – of course you’re that stupid. Why else would you vote for Obummer?

Romney may be soft on the gun control issue, but we know exactly what Obummer will try to do.
I’ll take my chances with Romney.

dentarthurdent on July 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Romney may be soft on the gun control issue, but we know exactly what Obummer will try to do.
I’ll take my chances with Romney.

dentarthurdent on July 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

That part belongs on the other thread…

dentarthurdent on July 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

verbaluce on July 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Once again, the context does not change the meaning of the sentence. It’s not clear at all that “that” was meant to refer to the roads and bridges unless you’re desperately trying to spin for the President. If Obama misspoke, he should have admitted he worded it poorly instead of expecting everyone else to change the rules of grammar for him. Do you really think we’re that stupid?

Also, even if he meant the roads and bridges, that’s still just as offensive by diminishing business owner’s tax contributions that built those roads and bridges.

NukeRidingCowboy on July 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Jim Treacher’s take

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 3:19 PM

If you are a hypocritical scumbag you tend to do and say hypocritical scumbaggish things.

I don’t think even an intervention will enlighten these cave-people.

Wolfmoon on July 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

As Stewart rhetorically asks of Romney campaign, Fox News, many of you peeps, ‘Do you think we’re that stupid?’.
verbaluce

We know you are, because you prove it every day.

xblade on July 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

When they really start going after Romney’s Mormonism and his family, we can talk about “desperation” and “going nuclear”. Until then this is the usual spitwad fight.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I hope they do.

Axelrod: Romney’s religion off-limits

Obama defends moms, says families should be off-limits in campaigns

Flora Duh on July 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Maybe a bit ‘off topic’, though possibly not: How in the world will the emperor be able to participate in a Presidential debate? Every time he opens his mouth ‘off script’ he says something insanely stupid.

xmanvietnam on July 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

His escape hatch is a fawning media. The moderator will stop him in mid-sentence, if needed.

esr1951 on July 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

the Affirmative Action leader will get to use the totus. Honestly he is not capable without it.

MrMoe on July 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

While I generally object to fee hikes of all kinds, if $38 million in negative advertising on Bain in June didn’t move the needle for Obama, is this line of attack likely to?

I remember Ronald Reagan saying he preferred user fees to taxes, because the fees tended to effect the people who were using the service. An example he gave was charging fees to yacht owners to help offset the cost of the Coast Guard…the idea being that the people with the boats were the ones who tended to need the Coast Guard.

So, I guess it depends.I doubt that Romney will be hurt because of a fee on milk.

Terrye on July 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

When they really start going after Romney’s Mormonism and his family, we can talk about “desperation” and “going nuclear”. Until then this is the usual spitwad fight.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

They have already gone after Ann Romney.

Terrye on July 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Sorry, Romney isn’t even close

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

As far as you are concerned, until and unless Sarah Palin is awarded the GOP nomination on account of everyone has been mean to her then no one else should be allowed to have any support from the GOP..because it is either Saint Sarah or it is no one. That means you have to dis Romney all the time to show your manic devotion to someone who did not even bother to run.

I liked Sarah Palin, but I have to admit I am getting kind of tired of some of her more devoted followers.

Terrye on July 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

posted at 12:41 pm on July 26, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

You didn’t write that. Somewhere along the line you had help. A teacher, a union hack….whatever…..but you’re not as smart as you think you are.

And stop using the roads and bridges ’til you give Government more money.

You’re selfish (and stupid).

Tim_CA on July 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Update: Did George Lakoff build the “you didn’t build that” argument Elizabeth Warren and Obama employed?

I think it was Karl Marx.

pedestrian on July 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Some people go around praising and thanking God for everything and saying they could not even have begun to have got it or done it without Him. His Royal Majesty, King Insane Hussein Obama, feels that he should have no less position and worship for himself and from everybody. This is Obama’s pathology. The man is nuts.

To Insane Hussein everything comes from the state, which is now him, and without it, and him, individuals would be nothing and have nothing, when in fact the state gets everything it has from individuals and would be nothing, and have nothing, without them. Obama is quite mad – on the level of a rabid dog. He should be locked up in a mental institution.

VorDaj on July 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Sorry, Romney isn’t even close, and the tired analogy is miles off the mark. Reagan trailed apparently hopelessly because for years he was viewed by many as a polarizing, ignorant, unelectable, Bircher-type washed-up joke of an actor-turned-politician.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You accuse everyone of being a poll-humper, yet all you do is talk about Romney being behind in the polls.

Sarah didn’t run. Grow the hell up already.

Chuck Schick on July 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Obama should have tried to transform himself into America’s image. It would have been better for America, for the world, and probably even for him, and it wouldn’t have taken any more effort. Of course, such action would be impossible for a narcissist who thinks the world should be transformed to revolve around him.

VorDaj on July 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Obama is an affirmative action composite. He has all the boxes checked. His remarks about “you didn’t make that happen!”, when all is said and done, is a projection of his background onto the lives of all Americans. His life is all about he not making anything happen. Doors opening for him. He simply has to step in. His small, closed, reactionary rigid mind lacks the flexibility and imagination to understand that others don’t share his experience. Big Government is Affirmative Action for all. He didn’t make his college admission possible. He didn’t write his “best seller”. He didn’t buy his house in Chicago without “assistance”. His bellicose wife didn’t get her high flying jobs on her abilities. He didn’t make that Nobel happen either. When someone glides through life using his skin color and implicit threats coupled with menace to arrive at where he is today, is it any wonder that he thinks no one else makes their life happen without some gigantic assist from Big Brother? He’s Living Proof. In Living Color. Someone should ask him: are you talking about yourself? Again?

RasThavas on July 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Verb – quite weak. Obama just blew it big time – he may have been trying to say what he has belatedly said he was trying to say. It doesn’t sound like it frmo the clip – which is why it is polling so well and why Obama is now campaigning against it. It was an unforced error.
Even if you accept Obama’s meaning – it is still insulting which is why Romney is playing it verbatum.
As to Romney’s comments – he recognizes the people who helped the athletes make it to the Olympics. Your parents and coaches and your friends, who gave you rides, and helped in countless ways. He didn’t credit USOC, he didn’t credit the govt. He credited the athlete and their immediate support group.
If you cannot tell the difference then it verifies the conservative worldview – libs feel you cannot get ahead without the govt, and the govt replaces the family.

Zomcon JEM on July 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

If you are a President who is whining about a…

Governor that raised a fee on milk and attempted to impose a $10 fee for a state certificate of blindness

you don’t want to talk about your record as President on jobs or the economy or budget or taxes.

LetsBfrank on July 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Sorry, Romney isn’t even close, and the tired analogy is miles off the mark. Reagan trailed apparently hopelessly because for years he was viewed by many as a polarizing, ignorant, unelectable, Bircher-type washed-up joke of an actor-turned-politician.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Your slip is showing.

itsspideyman on July 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

For me it is the snarky tone that he delivers the attack. But it is pretty lame if yesterday was Team Kenya going nuclear.

Happy Nomad on July 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

That’s why the whole quote is much worse. The sneer in his voice is unmistakable.

Even more so, the sneering agreement in the crowd can’t be helping the Dems either. It blows away the “we’re all one family” meme have tried to push with their words.

But then, the sneer in their voices and comments are an unmistakable quality of Dems.

itsspideyman on July 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

When they really start going after Romney’s Mormonism and his family, we can talk about “desperation” and “going nuclear”. Until then this is the usual spitwad fight.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

They already tried that. Sorry but there aren’t going to be any Levi Johnstons in Romney’s closet.

Go RBNY on July 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

The best they can haul out so far is the haircut.

Although, don’t forget that they could pull a female lobbyist (or something) out of the hat and lie. Problem is Romney’s so boring that it would have to be quite the lie.

In some ways Romney’s the best candidate for this particular moment. Wish he could be more conservative, though.

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

FLOTUS really cares about the Little People. She thinks they’re adorable.

Cicero43 on July 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

..compared to The First Stevedore-ette, almost anyone is a Little People.

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Sorry, Romney isn’t even close, and the tired analogy is miles off the mark. Reagan trailed apparently hopelessly because for years he was viewed by many as a polarizing, ignorant, unelectable, Bircher-type washed-up joke of an actor-turned-politician.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You accuse everyone of being a poll-humper, yet all you do is talk about Romney being behind in the polls.

Sarah didn’t run. Grow the hell up already.

Chuck Schick on July 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Why is it none of these damn ‘bots can ever “defend” Romney without dragging Sarah Palin into it? I swear, it’s psychotic. And when did I cite any poll? You’re as reading-challenged as Professor Del Dork over there.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I will tell you one thing Obama is building mostly by himself – his own electoral gallows.

VorDaj on July 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

^ Oh, and no Rin Tin Tin reference? Disappointing.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 2:16 PM

..that’s me, Rinty. Now just go over to the corner and lick your balls like a nice doggy.

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

In some ways Romney’s the best candidate for this particular moment.

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

As far as the GOPe’s concerned, absolutely. He owes his status to them, and win or lose he and they have once again played a successful game of keep-away with the rubes. Mission already accomplished.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

In some ways Romney’s the best candidate for this particular moment. Wish he could be more conservative, though.

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” – Donald Rumsfeld.

And make no mistake, this is war.

VorDaj on July 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

..that’s me, Rinty. Now just go over to the corner and lick your balls like a nice doggy.

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Oh yeah, that OTHER ‘bot intellectual giant. It’s eerie how similar you ‘bots are to your O-bot brethren circa 2008. All you have are personal attacks.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

War planner. LOL “One two three four, I declare a thumb war!”

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

“I am not a witch.” — Obama

John the Libertarian on July 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM


War planner. LOL “One two three four, I declare a thumb war!”

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM



..be gone.

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

It’s easy for me to understand why Obama can say “You didn’t build that.” He really believes it.
He didn’t get a SS number, someone else did.
He didn’t write two biographies, someone else did.
He never got a job in the private sector, someone else did.
You get the idea. He assumes we all got where we are the same way he did. “Someone else did it”.

Lummox on July 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Why is it none of these damn ‘bots can ever “defend” Romney without dragging Sarah Palin into it? I swear, it’s psychotic. And when did I cite any poll? You’re as reading-challenged as Professor Del Dork over there.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You have the right to whine incessantly, call people names and behave like an a-hole. We have the right to point it out.

Chuck Schick on July 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Maybe a bit ‘off topic’, though possibly not: How in the world will the emperor be able to participate in a Presidential debate? Every time he opens his mouth ‘off script’ he says something insanely stupid.

xmanvietnam on July 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

His escape hatch is a fawning media. The moderator will stop him in mid-sentence, if needed.

esr1951 on July 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Yep, like Stephaloponis on “my muslim faith”.

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

In some ways Romney’s the best candidate for this particular moment.

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

As far as the GOPe’s concerned, absolutely. He owes his status to them, and win or lose he and they have once again played a successful game of keep-away with the rubes. Mission already accomplished.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

You’re tedious and repetitive. Please say something new as you are now a street corner fist waver, which is a shame because you used to bring more to the party.

PS: My comment wasn’t about that – it was referencing the smears and lies the democrats will attempt. But you knew that. FAIL.

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” – Donald Rumsfeld.

And make no mistake, this is war.

VorDaj on July 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Oh yes. I’m always confused by people that think that once November 7 rolls around that they go back in their caves for another three or so years. No. This is something that will have to be ongoing and worked at. It will take a few cycles to get rid of the stupid, lazy and corrupt. Romney is just to give us some time. If he does better than the status quo, bonus.

Really have to wonder about the people who think that four years of Romney is just as bad as another four years of Obama. Are they that cognitively defective or just plain out stupid?

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The president should have just done a big “Whoops! That makes it sound like I’m saying you didn’t build your business. That’s not what I intended to say that at all! I meant that you didn’t build that bridge or those roads, the community did.”

But the libs have already poisoned the verbal fluency well. They spent 8 years doing it full-time. If the above was true the “If you own your own business…” is a brain fart repetition. Besides, it’s trivially untrue in the case of a private business hired to build bridges and roads.

But it’s not a very good point in the first place. Because our “American system” was not built by some wholly separate benefactor. The government represents the decision-making process of the community and the community largely consists of people who own businesses and the people who work for them–only recently are we getting into a phase where there are so many people in our communities who may never work for private enterprise, that they could conceive of businesses as some isolated group.

Axeman on July 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

You’re tedious and repetitive. Please say something new as you are now a street corner fist waver, which is a shame because you used to bring more to the party.

PS: My comment wasn’t about that – it was referencing the smears and lies the democrats will attempt. But you knew that. FAIL.

kim roy on July 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

At least he responded to you. He completely ignored my response to him, which was:

I hope they do.

Axelrod: Romney’s religion off-limits

Obama defends moms, says families should be off-limits in campaigns

Flora Duh on July 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

*sniff* I might start getting a complex about confronting ddrintn with facts to counter his doom and gloom predictions. *sniff*

Flora Duh on July 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

If the text of the speech isn’t enough, I’m still not sure how you could ignore that the delivery of it was filled with pure contempt.

stldave on July 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

As to Romney’s comments – he recognizes the people who helped the athletes make it to the Olympics. Your parents and coaches and your friends, who gave you rides, and helped in countless ways. He didn’t credit USOC, he didn’t credit the govt. He credited the athlete and their immediate support group.

Zomcon JEM on July 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Also, he in no way implies that the athlete didn’t achieve the medal. He didn’t say “You didn’t work harder than everybody else, you were just genetically gifted”. Obama was all negative: “It’s not this, it’s not that, you didn’t build it”. Romney was all positive, more like: “We should also recognize the people who helped”. The idea is that those people, and even people who funded the facilities will never go down in the record book for their contributions. He isn’t awarding the other people the medal. And he’s not suggesting as a result of them not doing it on their own that he can then treat their medal is some way they don’t like.

Obama is saying, you didn’t build your business by yourself, therefore you owe us more in taxes. Romney was not suggesting clipping off portions of the medal to “give back”, and leaving you with the portion of the disfigured medal that we decided was your “fair share” was all that you should expect.

The only similarity comes from habitual equivocators and special pleaders who sniff out resemblances and try to stretch them into mathematical equalities, while simply snarking and telling you that any similarity you want to discuss does not exactly match and so is a different case. If forcing people to buy broccoli is “not the same thing” as forcing people to buy healthcare–the only way we can say that stopping somebody from speaking what they see as the truth and lying about war medals are “the same thing” is by simply considering them in their “free speech” aspect, totally apart from their “value to the community” aspect.

Axeman on July 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

The daughter had a quiet, emotional conversation with FLOTUS, saying at one point, “I just really want to try to build bridges.”

You’d better build bridges so you’ll have something to live under if POTUS and FLOTUS survive this election.

ziggyville on July 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Axeman on July 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Left out of post: Ya know, I’ve never slipped up and asked somebody to “pass the healthcare” when I meant broccoli. Of course, it’s never occurred to me to pass a lie off as a “different choice of words” either–what! We’re not allowed to choose our own words NOW!!! /faux-indigation

Axeman on July 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM

. . .

Sorry, Romney isn’t even close, and the tired analogy [to '80] is miles off the mark. Reagan trailed apparently hopelessly because for years he was viewed by many as a polarizing, ignorant, unelectable, Bircher-type washed-up joke of an actor-turned-politician.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

No, ddrintn you’re wrong. While the election of ’80 is not a perfect analogy, there are several good parallels that suggest that Obama is in for a very rough fall.

Carter led Reagan comfortably in the Gallup poll until late June, when Anderson’s 3rd party effort peaked (at 33%) and Anderson began to slide. Reagan picked up the Anderson vote, and a big bounce out of the convention. Carter pulled even through late August & much of September, and then pulled ahead by a few points beginning in late September & for much of October.

Yes, Reagan was viewed as a bit simplistic by many moderate Republicans back in ’80 (your characterization is way too strong) before their 1st and ONLY debate in very late October.

But during that one debate in late October, Reagan came across as focused, in command of his facts, and he displayed a willingness to take on Carter directly, though NOT in a strident tone. In other words, he proved himself a real leader to the TV audience, while Carter came across as his characteristically defensive and snippy self.

Before that debate, Carter was the devil they knew, versus Reagan, who was the devil they didn’t know. There is a certain element of that alive today, including a high percentage of unenthusiastic Democrats. After the late ’80 debate, Carter was the only remaining devil in the room. I think that this year it may begin to happen, but before the debates. After the convention, Obama may well be seen as the only devil in the room.

There had been a long time uncertainty that voters felt about Jimmy Carter — as someone who out of his league. That is exactly the way Obama is viewed today.

And the final judgment of the electorate — that Carter was indeed an nonredeemable failure — metastasized during those debate moments.

Carter did have a primary fight with Ted Kennedy that spring, and any voters, including many Democrats, who had been uncertain about him going into the debate, simply moved to Reagan once it was over. But I think some Democrats — including many men — will vote for Romney. Obama is too radical for people. Look at the number of elected Democrats not attending their convention!

Finally, you are very wrong about “Romney not even being close.” Across the board, the polls show that right now it is indeed a close race.

And given what is being done with samples in many of the polls today, the race might even be tilting toward Romney. For example, NBC’s latest was a truly egregious recent poll, as was pointed out by AllahPundit, here. Romney is building steadily right now.

Romney will get a good bounce out of the convention, in part because many Americans do not know his story yet. Obama should be way ahead, but he is not. And Obama won’t tell key parts of his own story, in spite of writing three autobiographies!

And Romney is a good, solid debater, which will give him an advantage against Obama in helping people make up their minds.

Trochilus on July 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Keep banging away at Mr. Thin Skin, it’s working. Don”t let up!

D-fusit on July 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Eeeewwww, that doesn’t quite sound right…..

8 weight on July 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

1. Demonizing the Christan owners of Chick-fil-A for having a non-lunatic-left opinion AND supporting the tenets of their faith.
2 “If You’ve Got a Business — You Didn’t Build That. Somebody Else Made That Happen.” – Barack Hussein Obama, The WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, 16 July 2012
3. Brian “the Tea party did it” ross of the A(lways)B(iased-socialist)C(lowns) network
4. “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan, and it worked…that’s why I’m running for a second term.” – Barack Hussein Obama, The WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, 23 July 2012.

Never before have the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists been so wrong that EVERYBODY on Earth recognizes their wrongness and they’re forced to spend an enormous effort to BACK-PEDDLE, DENY, and COVER-UP their outrageous actions and remarks.

As McDonalds would say; “I’m Lovin’ it.” (and please, please keep up this offensive and insulting stuff until election day, Nov. 6, when American can fully express their opinion on it all.)

TeaPartyNation on July 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

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