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Bring on the “you didn’t build that” counter-attack

Bring on the “you didn’t build that” counter-attack

The moment I heard Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech, I knew Obama had dug himself a deep hole from which he would have to spend considerable time climbing out of.

Via Zeek Miller at BuzzFeed Politics, the Obama campaign and Democrats understand how bad the issue has hurt Obama, and are about to launch a massive counter-attack:

DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse outlined an all-out response to Mitt Romney’s attack on President Obama over his “You didn’t build this” line — which the president and independent fact checkers have said has been taken out of context.

“In conjunction with OFA, we’re going to turn the page tomorrow on Mitt Romney’s trumped up, out of context fact-checked-to-death BS about the President and small business and set the record straight on how Mitt Romney has a horrible record on small business.” Woodhouse said in a memo sent to BuzzFeed, saying there will be on-the-ground events across the country — including in Massachusetts — to rebut Romney’s attack.

The memo follows an ad from Obama rebutting the Romney campaign’s version of what the president said.

The Romney campaign has maintained that the context only makes the original quote worse, but regardless, their attack clearly has Democrats worried — Obama has twice in two days responded to it himself.

Obama and Democrats should be worried.  I hope people listen to the context of the “you didn’t built that” line.  It is worse, including derision of people who think they were successful because they were smarter or worked harder.

The entirety of Obama’s speech, and not just the sentence in question, articulated a collectivist approach advocated by Elizabeth Warren and others (more on that in a subsequent post) which focuses on individual indebtedness to government, which puts government at the center of who we are as a people.

This is a debate we need to have.


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LukeHandCool | July 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

“I knew Obama had dug himself a deep hole …”

He didn’t dig that hole. Somebody else made that happen. Dizzy Miss Lizzy.

“…Mitt Romney’s trumped up, out of context fact-checked-to-death BS about the President and small business…”

Naw, naw, NAW…!!! (spoken in the fashion of the Wrong Rev. Wright)

Romney is not the prime-mover here. He is (because of production requirements) late to the ball.

No, brother, this was NEW MEDIA and social media FAST, and there is nothing trumped up or out of context about it.

PLUS, it rings true with everyone who has ever listened to Pres. Paracosm, or who knows jackspit about his background.

His economic policy is fascist, which means it is inimical to small and entrepreneurial business. It FAVORS large, compliant, rent-seekers like GE.

What he said is like a happy little grass fire, and it is spreading.

    “…or who knows jackspit about his background.”

    Exactly. Small business owners of all politic persuasions heard that video, straight from his mouth, and they are livid. The damage has been done.

    The left is not grasping that they are on video. Trying to claim now that he didn’t say it is only going to make more people realize that he and his media are lying.

      Ragspierre in reply to tazz. | July 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Remember the HUGE significance of the term “narrative”.

      See, in post-modern Collectivism, “reality” is subjugated to the “narrative”.

      Keep in mind Obama’s recent comment about his failure to “tell the story” to the American people. He really DOES believe that, BTW.

“… focuses on individual indebtedness to government, which puts government at the center of who we are as a people.”

Editorials »
Presidential busts: The worst of all: Barack Obama (2009-?)
By U-T San Diego Editorial Board
12:27 a.m., July 22, 2012

OUCH! , blistering owie delivered upon The One.

The “you didn’t build it” beast just grew another set of legs. Althouse points out the “who created the internet” discussions that result from Obama saying: “The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet.”

The Left/Right Split On Who Invented the Internet

One of my favorite comments there:
this comment by the President is so simplistic it’s at about the level of a 10 year old’s understanding.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

The Democrats love to beat on Romney’s “Job’s Record” as Massachusetts governor. They say the state was 47th in “job creation”.

Doesn’t Team Romney see how to counter this? Hell, John Sanunu got it right, when he rightly stated that when your unemployment is under 5%, there is a worker shortage instead of a jobs shortage. Also, Romney was hamstrung with a Democratic legislature, and he still managed to turn a deficit into a surplus! Under Gov. Devolved (sic) Patrick, Mass is back in another deep budgetary hole.

DUH! 🙄

Cassandra Lite | July 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

Libspeak: “Out of context” = “Who you gonna believe? Me or your own lying ears?”

It may well be “a debate we need to have”, Professor, but it’s one from which the Obama campaign is running away in panic.

The secret to growing progressive political power is to never, ever let the mask slip. The president will never engage honestly in this (or, really, any debate).

The whole speech should be printed as a full page ad in newspapers across the country. No editorial, just the facts. Let the uninformed see for themselves what ‘context’ looks like.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to Jenny. | July 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Video is far better than print in this case.

    Print is wonderful for debunking the myth that Obama’s overly produced speeches read off the teleprompter are works of genius. When Barry’s speaking off the cuff, however, video is probably the best tool to use. That’s because the message isn’t just in the words. Barry can’t help but let derision, contempt and even anger ooze into his message. None of these emotions come across as positive in a cool visual medium like video.

      stevewhitemd in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | July 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      He also has a lot of pauses and ‘ums’ as he (clearly) tries to think about what he’s going to say next.

      I live near Chicago, so listening to politicians mangle the English language is nothing new. Our recent mayor (Richie) was one of the worst. To his credit, he recognized it and hired a speech coach. That fellow clearly had his work cut out for him, but over the years Hizzoner became somewhat better at the microphone.

      Champ wouldn’t hire a speech coach of course; geniuses don’t do that.

      The biggest problem with Champ weaning himself from TOTUS isn’t that he might say something stupid (he might), but that he’ll stand there for long, embarrassing seconds with NOTHING TO SAY.

      As Curly Howard once said, “I’m thinking but nuttin is happening!”

LukeHandCool | July 25, 2012 at 11:13 am

An obvious and good point someone made (can’t remember where I read it):

All poor countries have roads, too. Haiti, Liberia, etc., all have roads.

So why are they poor while we are rich?

Roads are all very good and fine, but they are a non sequitur in this case.

As the boys who didn’t build Iran’s nuke facilities will tell you, sometimes roads can be Highways to Hell.

A bit OT but would appreciate responses from intelligent posters here. I googled why Fox News articles don’t provide a comments section and was presented with a “new No. 1” listing by Google, called

After clicking on it I was taken to a site which is obviously an example of the “tolerance” of the left for honest discussion. /s

The only thing I read, before leaving, was a flashing notice that “No, you morons, this is not a Fox News site…” blah blah

Any insights on this issue?

Thanks in advance.

    Tortuga in reply to ClinkinKy. | July 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Ya got me. Now I’m gonna have to add “unintelligent poster” to my tshirt of : slopeheaded, knuckdraggin, clingin to my guns and faith, racist, tea baggin, pickup drivin, two fisted beer drinkin,homophobic, Early Voter. Man, i’m gonna have to go drink some sugar coated soft drinks so I kin git a bigger tshirt if this name callin keeps diggin up additional synonyms for my exceptional Americanism.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

Anyone who has ever operated a commercial vehicle, especially one engaged in interstate operations, damn well knows that you pay for your share of the road and for someone else’s too!

Many states require a “fuel stamp,” proof that you purchased fuel in their state. If you’re stopped by the police or caught at an inspection station without one, the fine is horrendous. Arkansas used to make you appear before a Justice of the Peace, which meant hours, or if stopped on a weekend, days lost enroute.

Typical of Lyin’ Lizzie Warren and Prez-O-Bama is their total lack of understanding how businesses are created and commerce actually works.

Is it any wonder that her whole body of academic work is under suspicion? Is it any wonder that no one has ever seen anything written or created by Barack Obama, nor was his name ever on a significant piece of legislation?

These people are frauds, pure and simple.

seems we are only supposed to take POTUS at his word when the word is approved by the left.
this instance is a good example, we direct quote him and its still not good enough.
hell, when he says (and writes) he is dual citizen, born in another country, etc we are NOT supposed to take him at his word.

wish they would make up our minds when we can take him at his own word.

“The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success… I want to promote success,” Obama said.”

Remember, these liberal jackasses want to GIVE AWAY American technology and advancements that are paid for with American taxpayer dollar to the entire world.

Let’s rephrase Obama’s true intentions
“I want to promote success” of the Federal Government, turning you taxpaying businesses and the American population into a nation of sharecroppers.

“The entirety of Obama’s speech, and not just the sentence in question, articulated a collectivist approach advocated by Elizabeth Warren and others … which focuses on individual indebtedness to government, which puts government at the center of who we are as a people.”

This is all Romney needs to say, and keep saying. I hope he calls you and asks permission to borrow.

Midwest Rhino | July 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

So Obama gets to explain that he didn’t mean what he said.

“I didn’t mean you didn’t build your business … I meant you deserve no credit for it, and you didn’t work any harder or smarter than your union workers, the ones that destroy your business by going on strike.”

“I love small business owners, but they shouldn’t be allowed to bid on government jobs unless they are union.”

“I don’t know why Johnny can’t read, but if you can read, you owe all your success to a teacher. A teacher that demands high pay, defined benefit big pensions with health care, retirement at 55, can never fire them, guaranteed pay raises for continuing ed, seniority advances … or they will strike. Those are the noble saints responsible for your success.”

It sure seems like Obama has painted himself into a Marxist corner, and we need to keep him there, with a big red “Marxist dunce” hat on. 🙂

Mitt is running a fairly smart campaign… and that statement isn’t just comparing his to the extremely low bar set by McCain.

Mitt is staying positive with his message and is using forced errors to keep the focus on the president and the economy. Obama is playing right into that strategy.

Mitt is keeping distractions to a minimum and isn’t playing into the trap of allowing Obama to dictate the narrative of the campaign. ie war on women, Bain, gun control, job outsourcing, environment, fictitious climate change, gay marriage.

If Mitt leaves the economy for 2 seconds its to pick some low hanging fruit from an Obama forced error. Can’t wait until he brings up the 1967 borders proposal and shoves that down his throat.

Henry Hawkins | July 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

My Questions For Fearless Leader:

Sir, you have stated that it is true in small business as well that no man is an island, that no small business owner may take credit for its success because that success comes only as the result of government and the social collective and the table they set for business success. Unfortunately for your argument, sir, more than half of all new businesses fail, despite enjoying the same governmental and societal beneficence as did the successful businesses. My questions, sir:

1. How can that be?

2. What then are the deciding factors between a failed and
a successful business?

We’ll take a short break for station identification and so the Obama team can load up the teleprompter.

This is definitely a case where watching the video of that whole segment of the speech is enough to convince any unbiased observer that Obama meant – quite sincerely – exactly what he said.

They’ve already abandoned the effort in favor of the Race Card over an adviser’s remark about “the Anglo-Saxon tradition” to a UK newspaper.

132,664 views, Tuesday morning it was 101,000.
This video is six days old.

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

Which begs the question, why the drive to “fundamentally change” this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive?

He is insane.

I blow a gasket every time I listen to this because where I immigrated from, the line “If you have a business, you didn’t build that. If you’re successful, it’s not because you worked hard” is exactly what the Triads (Asian Mafia) would say to local businesses to extort ‘Protection Money’.

“If not for our gangs who work so hard to protect your shipment of goods from rival gangs, you would not have been successful”

Please broadcast this repeatedly till November. Because even the most easily deceived swing voter will finally see this Marxist gangster for who he is.

“there will be on-the-ground events across the country”

Translation: This is really hurting us so we’re going to spend every penny we don’t have to put a stop to it!

You know, for a guy who goes out of his way to pooh-pooh the notion that he’s a socialist, he sure seems to go further out of his way to make their arguments for them.