Skip to comments.GOP: Obama's 'You Didn't Build That' Will Take Us to November -- IPhone covers sell like hotcakes
Posted on 08/30/2012 6:52:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
It was one line --- a total of nine words --- in a lengthy speech in Roanoke, Va.
As he tried to make a point that successful people have received help in various ways, President Obama said, "If you've got a business --- you didn't build that."
But more than a month later, with Republicans rallying in Tampa at their national convention, that line has become a centerpiece of the GOP's campaign to try to oust Obama in November.
Speaker after speaker has portrayed the line as an affront to people who have built businesses and as evidence that the Democratic president is focused on big government instead of free enterprise. Republican leaders went so far as to give Tuesday night's convention session the theme, "We Built It."
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday that the GOP will continue to focus on the issue until the November election as it tries to draw distinctions between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. He said many voters understand that small-businesspeople "pour blood, sweat and tears" into making their ventures succeed.
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Payback is a bitch!
No, it was not just one line as this article claims.
Decent idea, but I’m not sure I’d wanna put those on my made-in-China phones.
You're right - it wasn't just one line. Then again, this was probably written by a liberal journalists - and well, they lie.
Its hilarious listening to the left trying to claim this statement was taken out of context. Its a wonder they any credibility at all left.
Good point. I’ll but that sticker on my US made....uh....hmmm...
Correct. The line (itself plagiarized from faux squaw Warren) was part of a broader invective that denigrated the hard work and talent of successful business owners, and instead praising the government for providing the "infrastructure" that those business use. Not pointing out, of course, that the "government" didn't do anything without taking the resources from the business owners and their employees, and that the infrastructure was only needed because those business exist, not the other way around.
Regardless of whether or not the line has been taken out of context (and I disagree with the notion that it has; if anything, the context is worse) it resonates because it crystallizes Obama's attitude toward the private sector perfectly.
When they say it was taken out of context, ask them what the context was.
The whole theme was that business owners don’t deserve the profits of their businesses and therefore any confiscatory tax rates are justified.
Except thats not what he said.
NM Gov. Susana Martinez speaking at the RNC:
“If [Obama] can take credit for government building small businesses, then he can accept responsibility for breaking his promise and adding $5 trillion to the national debt.
Because he did build that.”
I-Phone cover...but no Droid?
That’s just racist.
“Its hilarious listening to the left trying to claim this statement was taken out of context.”
True. And, as Romney has said, if you take the whole statement IN context... it’s WORSE!
I always answer that with, “yeah, I know, he’s such a great orator that he uses ‘that’ to reference the phrase ‘roads and bridges’. Great orators say ‘that roads and bridges’ all the time.”
How ironic. a “Built by US” cover for an iphone built in China by a liberal company based in the bay area.
See, I don’t think it’s just about justifying confiscatory tax rates, I think it also lays the ground work for asset confiscation/nationalization not unlike those that happen in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.
“I’ll tell you what this liberal is going to be about - we’re going to be about socializ- er... basically, taking over your businesses” Mad Maxine Waters
Given that iphones are assembled in China I find that cover ironic. Not sure about the cover itself though. Iphones are designed and engineered in Cupertino California and almost all the profit goes there too but they weren’t built in the US.
Yes, libtards, it was out-of-context. He immediately followed it up with: "Somebody else did." And capped it with "you're not so smart" and "you didn't work that hard." Whoops, better limit the damage and stick with "you didn't build that."
Ironic. A cover that says “Built by US” for a phone manufactured in China.
I guarantee I can pick one up in Guangzhou next month for about $1.50. :)
Romney campaign selling t-shirts: “I did build that!” and bought my brother in law one.
I think Mitt would have more success with Android users than iPhone preeners.
The irony is lost on most...
I like it! Now if only I owned my own business ......
I can dig that. Of course, there’s also the angle of selling a phone cover for $40 that was probably obtained for $2 or so. Ah, free enterprise... I can get behind that, too!
I think you are right. There is already this recurring theme that the rich are not spending, they are hoarding, they aren't doing their fair share, etc. That will lead to a capital assets tax and the beneficent government will take a percentage of your excess assets to redistribute to those who are less fortunate(those who support the regime).
I know, I know. You are correct.
But Zero didn’t say: “You didn’t build that...in the USA.” (l’m sure he’s glad it was not built in the US.)
We’re just working with what Bwock gave us...
I guess “spreading the wealth around” wasn’t strong enough rhetoric for the electorate in 2008...