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Local paper still defending O's "you didn't build that" speech
The Roanoke Times ^ | 9/20/2021 | The Roanoke Times

Posted on 07/20/2012 9:50:16 AM PDT by hemogoblin

A new Romney ad out this morning uses two isolated sentences from the Obama’s speech to portray the president as demonizing business owners, continuing a push Romney and the Republicans have been making for a week. As Mason Adams noted earlier this week, a full reading of Obama’s remarks makes it apparent that the president was arguing that government has a role in building the infrastructure – roads, bridges, schools — that support commerce.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: business; obama; roanoke; roanoketimes; speech
Their position is that Obama was taken out of context. Perhaps the paper would like to hear some more opinions.
1 posted on 07/20/2012 9:50:25 AM PDT by hemogoblin
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To: hemogoblin
Hussein's flicking of the middle finger at entrepreneurs merely revealed his Collectivist mindset.

Not sure why the paper wants to defend that.

2 posted on 07/20/2012 9:55:01 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: hemogoblin

Just shows that anyone can rise up to be president, even a street hustler with someone giving him $1B for a campaign.


3 posted on 07/20/2012 10:00:30 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: hemogoblin

4 posted on 07/20/2012 10:05:24 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: hemogoblin
Now you know why the mediaWHORES held off for four or five days from reporting the historical gaffe! They were punished for rushing too quickly with the TAX line news report from Roberts. They were admonished and reprimanded to keep silent until they could figure out a way to spin and do damage control. Gosh I hate these pukes!!
5 posted on 07/20/2012 10:06:21 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: hemogoblin
James Taranto does a great job ripping this defense to shreds:

The Team then explains: "The President's full remarks show that the 'that' in 'you didn't build that' clearly refers to roads and bridges--public infrastructure we count on the government to build and maintain."

That's bunk, and not only because "business" is more proximate to the pronoun "that" and therefore its more likely antecedent. The Truth Team's interpretation is ungrammatical. "Roads and bridges" is plural; "that" is singular. If the Team is right about Obama's meaning, he should have said, "You didn't build those."

Barack Obama is supposed to be the World's Greatest Orator, the smartest man in the world. Yet his campaign asks us to believe he is not even competent to construct a sentence.

6 posted on 07/20/2012 10:14:23 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought into Solyndra)
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To: hemogoblin
Take a look at what appeared yesterday in the Chicago Tribune. Even the Liberal Rag, The Charlotte Observer, picked it up this morning.

Who else, Mr. President?

7 posted on 07/20/2012 10:15:59 AM PDT by illinifan (Vote Everyone Out!)
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8 posted on 07/20/2012 10:16:26 AM PDT by Zakeet (Like Barack said, "We can't be broke cause we still have checks in the checkbook.")
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To: hemogoblin

Now even an original speech; Lenin said it first.

And we all know how well THAT went.


9 posted on 07/20/2012 10:17:16 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Michael.SF.

“Roads and bridges” is plural; “that” is singular. If the Team is right about Obama’s meaning, he should have said, “You didn’t build those.”

Nailed it. Not to mention...no businessman/woman, self-made or otherwise, no employee, no garbage collector, no homeless person, no millionaire or billionaire ever claimed they DID build the roads & bridges.


10 posted on 07/20/2012 10:22:17 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Some ancient history. In 1926 there was about 1000 miles of dirt road in the U.S.
There were 1800 automobile manufactures.

The industry forced the building of roads.


11 posted on 07/20/2012 10:22:40 AM PDT by lawsone
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To: Michael.SF.

Some ancient history. In 1926 there was about 1000 miles of dirt road in the U.S.
There were 1800 automobile manufactures.

The industry forced the building of roads.


12 posted on 07/20/2012 10:23:13 AM PDT by lawsone
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To: Michael.SF.

Even if he WAS referring to roads, bridges, water etc., why did he feel the need to lecture business people about something so patently obvious? Because he fears and despises them, that’s why. Deep, deep, irreparable (and justified) inferiority complex, translating into destructive ideology and policies.


13 posted on 07/20/2012 10:28:14 AM PDT by hemogoblin
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Click the link. The Republic you save may be your own.

14 posted on 07/20/2012 10:29:54 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: hemogoblin

Actual title of the article:

Obama’s Roanoke speech becomes fodder for Romney ad


15 posted on 07/20/2012 10:30:11 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: hemogoblin

It was businesses first, then roads and bridges. Why build roads and bridges if there’s no businesses to use them?


16 posted on 07/20/2012 10:59:41 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: hemogoblin

Lets go out on a limb and say that is what Obama was TRYING to say.

Those business owners paid the taxes (both PERSONAL and BUSINESS) to build those roads, so YES THEY DID BUILD THAT!

Their businesses brought employees and consumers to the area to pay TAXES that paid for those, so he is still WRONG and CLUELESS!


17 posted on 07/20/2012 11:11:38 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: hemogoblin

owebama hates America. The commiecrats can try to spin his words all they want to but it does not change the fact that

OWEBAMA HATES AMERICA!


18 posted on 07/20/2012 11:13:24 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: lawsone

Bingo!!!!!!!!!! Great catch.


19 posted on 07/20/2012 11:32:30 AM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: lawsone

The broader point is this: All countries have roads and post offices and schools. Those things alone don’t make a country great.

What makes this country great is our political and economic systems that emphasize the freedom of the individual. Obama does not and never will understand this.


20 posted on 07/20/2012 11:44:30 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Michael.SF.

****”The team explains...”***

I dont remember any “Teams” being assembled when a conservative makes an embarrasing remark. I guess it’s just part of the media’s commitment to an informed public!!


21 posted on 07/20/2012 12:17:30 PM PDT by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: Don@VB

We call this paper THE RED TIMES......very liberal paper in conservative SW VA (except inner-city Roanoke)


22 posted on 07/21/2012 10:47:47 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
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To: hemogoblin

Don’t forget-in the same speech, he mocked successful people for “thinking they’re smarter,” and that they “worked harder,” to which Obama said there are “a lot of smart people” who also “ work hard.” When you put all of that together, it’s clear he meant to cut success down completely, not give credit to government’s “contribution.”


23 posted on 07/21/2012 4:52:41 PM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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