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A Democrat concerned about Obama’s allegedly anti-small business statement (“you didn’t build that”) asks: “What did he really say? The quote sounds bad.”
It does indeed, and Republicans have jumped all over it.
Obama made the statement on July 13, in a campaign speech in Roanoke, Va. Here’s the full quote:
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Read by itself, the line sounds bad: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” But defenders of the President say “that” refers to the sentence before: “Somebody invested in roads and bridges.” He was saying that the business owner didn’t build the roads and bridges, somebody else did. Which is true.
So all of this would have been avoided if he had said: “You didn’t build those roads and bridges.”
Of such small twists of the tongue – and ambiguities – are political flaps made.


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2 comments on “Context, Please

  1. dap916 says:

    So, Gary, you saw what crowd he was speaking to, right?

    Take a deep look inside yourself, my friend. You don’t honestly believe his statement wasn’t made to continue his class warfare efforts? C’mon, Gary. And, you weren’t elated he made that statement to that crowd and that he’s going after those in our country for votes that don’t do as well as people that create wealth for themselves but just rely on those very businesses and corporations for their jobs and way of life? Again, c’mon, Gary. You know what he was saying…what he was doing…why he said what he said on that day.

    Bridges, roads, the Internet et al is why successful business people got where they got. God help us. Government is why people succeed. Holy smokes.

  2. Carbine says:

    Your explanation of the gaffe is as disingenuous as was Obama’s. Read the WHOLE quote and it’s blindingly obvious that he was indeed referring to the businesses, not the roads. You very conveniently left off the sentences right before the part you quoted, in which he mocked people who built businesses for “thinking they were so smart.”

    And as for those roads and bridges, who do you think those “other people” are? Successful businessmen wind up paying a hell of a lot more for those roads and other infrastructure goodies than you or I, and they create the jobs that employ the rest of those “other people” as well. That’s the kind of thing that lefties like you and Obama just can’t seem to understand or appreciate; if you all did, Obama would not have made such an asinine remark. And he wouldn’t be reduced to lying his way out of it now.

    Romney ought to pound on this everyday until election day.

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