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Obama Says He “Regrets Syntax” Of “You Didn’t Build That” Remark…
Weasel Zippers ^ | September 5, 2012

Posted on 09/06/2012 5:38:08 AM PDT by NYer

Wait, I thought he was taken out of context or something?

Via The Hill:

President Obama said Wednesday that he had “regrets for my syntax” regarding his “you didn’t build that” line that has become a rallying cry for his Republican opponents.

“Obviously, I have regrets for my syntax,” Obama said during an interview with WWBT-Norfolk. “But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying.”

In prior interviews, Obama allies have accused Republicans of taking his remarks out of context.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” the president said during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va. “There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American 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.”



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1 posted on 09/06/2012 5:38:10 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

I am sure he wishes he could have a big fat redo for that day. But you know what he said is what he thinks.


2 posted on 09/06/2012 5:39:58 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: NYer

Here’s some serious food for thought given your ideological background, AnnointedIdiot: Garbage in, garbage out, moron! =.=


3 posted on 09/06/2012 5:40:05 AM PDT by cranked
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To: NYer
“But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying.”

Barry, you're better off taking your lumps than pointing to the actual context, which reinforces the point that you have no clue what it takes to run a business nor where the tax base truly comes from.

4 posted on 09/06/2012 5:41:52 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: kevkrom

So he wasn’t talking about public financing of the infrastructure that makes business possible? Hoo-kay!


5 posted on 09/06/2012 5:43:15 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: NYer

-— But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying.”——

BWAHAHA!!!! Stop! You’re killing me!


6 posted on 09/06/2012 5:44:18 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: NYer
” you didn’t build that. “

Well I agree that that line was taken out of context, but that line wasn't the problem.

It was the words he spoke before; and the attitude and sneer on his face while speaking the previous words that is the problem.

He was clearly ridiculing and belittling those who have built something.

7 posted on 09/06/2012 5:44:58 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: kevkrom

The “actual context” was

“You don’t deserve the fruits of your labor because others helped you along the way. This justifies my policy of rapacious taxation rates on your profits.”

This is exactly what he said, what he meant, and what no supporter of his would EVER admit, though it is the core of their ideology.


8 posted on 09/06/2012 5:45:04 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Wolfie

you can’t be serious.

“public infrastructure” that “makes” buines possible

what a hoot.

no dim wit, business comes first then they build the road, the telegraph, etc.

you are delusional


9 posted on 09/06/2012 5:45:04 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: NYer

He doesn’t regret what he said. He regrets that he was so clear and pithy that he wrote our slogan for us. If only it had been vague and pedantic ... more like the rest of what he says.

SnakeDoc


10 posted on 09/06/2012 5:47:36 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: Wolfie

It is NOT a chicken or an egg question

Business generates the tax dollars that secondarily pay for the road, the police

get a clue

no wonder Democrats can’t do anything right, they get everything backwards


11 posted on 09/06/2012 5:47:35 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Wolfie

The public infrastructure exists because of the business, not the other way around. The full context of the quote also shows that he scorns the idea that anyone is successful because they’re smart or worked hard, but instead they only succeed because Mac Daddy Government is there to help them along.


12 posted on 09/06/2012 5:47:47 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: NYer

He was on the campaign trail all revved up and angry. He meant every word.


13 posted on 09/06/2012 5:48:40 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: NYer

What Federal Government Tax is NOT a SIN TAX?


14 posted on 09/06/2012 5:49:30 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: NYer
And there you have it. He regrets the syntax or the arrangement of words. He does not regret the semantics or the meaning behind them. He truly believes what he said, he just regrets having said it so bluntly and having gotten called on it.

hussein, your "apology" (boy you seem to apologize a lot!) is just making it worse. Actually better from my viewpoint. The more people see the real hussein, the real motives, the real intent, the better. Everyone should go see "2016 obama's America." Scariest movie I've ever seen. Scary to think enough people may be stupid enough and/or gullible enough to re-elect him, in which case I think America is screwed for at least a generation or two.

15 posted on 09/06/2012 5:49:46 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: NYer

BTW,.... I live, in MA. In 08, every tenth car had an Odumbo sticker. Now, I count one a day on a one hour commute. And now the Romney stickers are sprouting up.

I am also getting laid-off in a couple of weeks for the second time during the Odumbo regime (doing fine financially though). Guess who I’m voting for?


16 posted on 09/06/2012 5:50:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: NYer

He said it in a condescending manner, and the syntax came out exactly as he intended.

I won’t let him walk this one back. Nor should any Freeper.

We have one of those “undecideds” in our office. I showed him what Obama said, and his response was, “well, both sides say stupid things”. For which I replied, “show me anything that Romney has said that is even close to this stupid or extreme”. He couldn’t think of an example, which has really made an impression on him.


17 posted on 09/06/2012 5:53:46 AM PDT by kidd
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To: NYer

Burning bridges. Obama was merely reinforcing his anti private property and antibidness agenda. He believes that my money made someone else poor.
So far from the Right, individual freedom, personal responsibility, private property rights, and rule of law.


18 posted on 09/06/2012 5:55:51 AM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: NYer

President Mulligan speaks.


19 posted on 09/06/2012 5:56:01 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: NYer

It is sweet to see your enemy on the defensive. Now is the time for a massive “We Built This” ad buy. Keep up the skeer!


20 posted on 09/06/2012 5:56:12 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: yldstrk

That’s right, keep parsing words, that’ll win ya the White House.


21 posted on 09/06/2012 5:56:54 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: yldstrk

Public infrastructure that makes business possible.

Is he talking about Zoning, permits, inspections,regulations, environmental impact statements,health Department regulations,impact fees,and all of the various and sundry hurdles the Government makes business jump through before they allow a business to be built?

The government infractructure that makes it so hard to open a business???


22 posted on 09/06/2012 5:57:27 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: NYer

He may regret what he said, but he doesn’t regret what he meant.

What he regrets is that he showed his true colors and people saw it and didn’t like it.

He is like a kid who got caught reaching for the cookie jar. He still wanted the cookies. He just didn’t want Mom to catch him trying to get them. (He will try again when he thinks Mom isn’t looking. He’ll just be sneakier next time.)


23 posted on 09/06/2012 5:58:46 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Wolfie

you have sheet for brains


24 posted on 09/06/2012 5:59:01 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: NYer

Who taught him the word syntax?


25 posted on 09/06/2012 6:01:24 AM PDT by wastedyears (The First Law of Heavy Metal: Not all metal is satanic.)
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To: griswold3

It is the viewpoint of our honorable Democratic party members that God made, oops, no not God, that somehow out of thin air was made one limited pie that must be fairly divided among all humans. Hence the demonic calls for population control

It is the viewpoint of believers that God provides out of his riches plenty for everybody.


26 posted on 09/06/2012 6:06:17 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SnakeDoctor
He regrets that he was so clear and pithy that he wrote our slogan for us.

Thank you for clarifying it for me.
I was about to rag on his Harvard education and intelligence because it seems impossible to flub the syntax of a four-word sentence. He regrets tipping his hand.

OK

27 posted on 09/06/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT by stormhill
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To: NYer

Shudda thought about that before you went off the teleprompter and starting ad-libbing. Everyone knows you’re a total dumbass when you don’t have prepared remarks to read.

IMHO, you expressed your true feelings from deep inside you. Your contempt for small business owners, the true backbone of our nation, fits perfectly with all your other Marxist ideas.


28 posted on 09/06/2012 6:19:12 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: stormhill

I wonder if he regrets more that he did not have his teleprompter with him to tell him what to mouth.


29 posted on 09/06/2012 6:19:12 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: NYer

It’s an old political chestnut, but if you’re explaining you’re losing. Keep telling us we didn’t hear what we heard Barack.


30 posted on 09/06/2012 6:23:19 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

“There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American 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.”

” you didn’t build that. “
Well I agree that that line was taken out of context, but that line wasn’t the problem.”

How can yyou possibly sat that line is out of context?


31 posted on 09/06/2012 6:24:27 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Why can't life be more like beer commercials?)
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To: NYer
What a load of BS.

If you listen to the entire set of remarks, Obama's combative tone is unmistakable. And even if you read the entire set of remarks, he doubled down on the meme:

You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, Well, it must be because I was just so smart! There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something. There are a whole bunch of hardworkin' people out there!

He is basically telling you that any success you have is not due to education, or hard work. And the DNC theme earlier this week completes the meme:

Government is the only thing we all belong to.

32 posted on 09/06/2012 6:25:02 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“I’m also getting laid off in a couple of weeks....”

Prayers for you. I know that job uncertainty is very stressful. Good thoughts and wishes coming your way that you find a great job.


33 posted on 09/06/2012 6:29:52 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: NYer

Syntax? The sentence seems perfectly grammatical to me.


34 posted on 09/06/2012 6:32:26 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: NYer

And yet again Chair takes some gas and pours it on the fire.

No problem. A few more “You didn’t build that” ads should do the trick.


35 posted on 09/06/2012 6:34:19 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: NYer

The marxist-in-chief does not regret what he said. He does not regret the context of his message. He does not regret the “syntax” of what he said.

What he regrets is that people were paying attention, people called him on it, and he cannot talk his way out of it. What he regrets is exposing his true colors in a public forum. What he regrets is having video of his speech in his own words posted everywhere for everyone to see. What he regrets is being caught, like all thieves.


36 posted on 09/06/2012 6:34:32 AM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of freedom only to see marxism elected at home.)
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No, he bought into the Elizabeth Warren rant against business, "sticking up for the little guy". He played to his audience, he stroked their envy, bitterness and anger, and they loved it. He just can never conceive, there is a nation at large who won't buy into those sentiments.
37 posted on 09/06/2012 6:36:16 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Mouton
I wonder if he regrets more that he did not have his teleprompter with him to tell him what to mouth.
What was that phrase he got corrected on regarding his faith.......?
38 posted on 09/06/2012 6:37:02 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Guilty but not prosecuted? Sounds like a liberal to me.)
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To: yldstrk
I am sure he wishes he could have a big fat redo for that day. But you know what he said is what he thinks.

And only somebody who's never really built anything would think that.

39 posted on 09/06/2012 6:38:31 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: NYer

Because he thinks we’re all too stupid to know what Syntax means.


40 posted on 09/06/2012 6:39:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NYer
The only thing he regrets is letting his tongue reveal what he really believes.
41 posted on 09/06/2012 6:43:42 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: NYer

Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.....


42 posted on 09/06/2012 6:47:49 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: tacticalogic

He has not one iota of a clue what it takes or how hard it is. I would venture to guess he has never pulled an all nighter


43 posted on 09/06/2012 6:47:58 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: NYer

I regret the last 3 3/4 years of Obama!


44 posted on 09/06/2012 6:49:25 AM PDT by Leep (I'm a Chic-Fil-- A-merican)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Our American system makes business success POSSIBLE, but WE are the ones who make things HAPPEN. If WE don’t get off our butts and do the work, NOTHING happens. There are too many people these days who settle for the handout and then complain it isn’t big enough. And Obama makes it harder for business and encourages the handouts all at the same time.


45 posted on 09/06/2012 6:51:48 AM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this...")
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To: NYer

No, what he regrets is his words have been thrown back in his face.


46 posted on 09/06/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT by bgill
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To: NYer
“Obviously, I have regrets for my syntax spilling the beans.
47 posted on 09/06/2012 6:57:44 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NYer

“Everybody there knew what I meant” but everybody else knows the truth. He meant exactly what he said.


48 posted on 09/06/2012 6:58:24 AM PDT by bamagirl1944 (That's short for Alabama, not Obama)
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He regrets the syntax, eh? Evidently he doesn’t regret the semantics or he would have expressed something stronger than mere regret of the syntax. Meaning he really believes business owners didn’t build their businesses.

Now to be fare to Obama, most of the business owners and managers he comes in contact with were not the ones who actually built their businesses from nothing. Most of the rich businessmen who give money lavishly to the ‘Rats with whom he rubs shoulders are rent-seeking incumbents who love government regulation because it keeps competition out of the market and the notion of “too big to fail” because the taxpayers backstop their losses. Such folks really didn’t build the business they have if they took bailouts or have a business model that only works on the basis of government intervention, and to the extent that Obama knows business owners, those are the ones he knows.


49 posted on 09/06/2012 7:00:48 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Here in Silicon Valley I see maybe ONE Odumbo sticker per day on my 16 mile round trip commute! Very encouraging.

No Romney stickers because conservatives are literally deathly afraid.


50 posted on 09/06/2012 7:02:06 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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