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Obama regrets you-didn't-build-that 'syntax' (He didn't mean what we think he meant)
Politico ^ | 09/06/2012 | Byron Tau

Posted on 09/06/2012 7:57:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

President Obama walked back his infamous "you didn't build that" line in an interview that aired Wednesday with NBC 12 in Richmond, Va.

"Obviously, I have regrets for my syntax," Obama replied. "But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying."

Republicans built their entire Tampa convention, and in some ways, their entire case against the president around the line — spoken off hand at a campaign event in Roanoke.

Obama also said without hesitation that Americans were better off than four years ago.

"We are absolutely better off than we were when I was sworn in and we were losing 800,000 jobs in a month," Obama said.

Last weekend, two Obama surrogates hesitated to say that the country was better off after four years of Obama. The campaign later walked those remarks back.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: business; economy; obama

1 posted on 09/06/2012 7:58:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The context was as bad, if not worse, than the single statement, showing scorn for hard work and intelligence and praising government involvement instead.

But that’s beside the point. Even if we allow “you didn’t build that” as out of context, it resonates because it still tells the fundamental truth of what he actually believes and practices.


2 posted on 09/06/2012 8:01:28 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: SeekAndFind

He said exactly what he meant.


3 posted on 09/06/2012 8:01:58 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind

I didn’t say what I said. If you think I said what I said, you’re stupid.


4 posted on 09/06/2012 8:02:53 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: SeekAndFind

he meant that government provided the infrastructure for businesses to use. this is true, but take it one step further to discover that government gets it’s money from taxes, and guess who pays more in taxes: individuals or businesses? so government takes money from businesses and uses it to provide an infrastructure foe businesses to succeed. and when businesses do well, the government takes it all back in taxes.

ain’t it kinda like a model and only giving credit to the wardrobe?


5 posted on 09/06/2012 8:03:00 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SeekAndFind

Really, BamBam? I guess Elizabeth Warren didn’t mean it either.

Mmm hmmmm. Sounds like you both were quite ‘on message’ to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOyDR2b71ag


6 posted on 09/06/2012 8:04:13 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Bocephus hits a home run! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_vjPqAVzI)
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To: SeekAndFind

Give it up, Politico. We all know what the communist meant.


7 posted on 09/06/2012 8:05:51 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, well, Obama...a LOT of people are regretting voting for you.


9 posted on 09/06/2012 8:07:33 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: grundle
When a person has to explain what they said because they don't like the way people interpreted it when they first heard it, I usually believe that what they meant was exactly what people thought when they first heard it. It's always fun watching a politician trying to pretend they never said what everyone knows they said.

As I saw someone else point out today, if you're explaining yourself, you're losing.

10 posted on 09/06/2012 8:07:54 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: SeekAndFind

He meant that you do not own it and the government can take control of it.


11 posted on 09/06/2012 8:08:16 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: grundle
When a person has to explain what they said because they don't like the way people interpreted it when they first heard it, I usually believe that what they meant was exactly what people thought when they first heard it. It's always fun watching a politician trying to pretend they never said what everyone knows they said.

.....And let's not forget that famous line:

"It depends on what the mean of "is" is.....

You're right on!

12 posted on 09/06/2012 8:09:02 AM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: kevkrom
Even if we allow “you didn’t build that” as out of context, it resonates because it still tells the fundamental truth of what he actually believes and practices.

Sorry, but he can't get away with an after the fact out-of-context claim. After talking about "roads and bridges" he then said if you own a business, you didn't build THAT. If he was referring to not building roads and bridges, he would have said: "If you own a business, you didn't build THEM" (referring to the roads and bridges). He didn't, he said you didn't built THAT (referring to the business)

13 posted on 09/06/2012 8:10:04 AM PDT by Go Gordon (It's barack hussein obama - because he doesn't believe in capitalism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course it is what he meant to say. It's the same type of attitude that thinks a cradle-to-grave government leech, like the fictional Julia, is a good idea. Obviously, they think the only way women can make it is with the help of the government.

14 posted on 09/06/2012 8:10:50 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: SeekAndFind

The fact that the Dems are still trying to cover Zero’s ass six weeks after that statement speaks volumes. He wrecked his chances.


15 posted on 09/06/2012 8:10:50 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: kevkrom
Just like the “spread the wealth” comment to Joe the plumber, he said exactly what he meant.

He only regrets saying it after it's a problem for him, if he would've said he regretted it on his own it might have been more sincere but sincerity is above his pay grade.

16 posted on 09/06/2012 8:11:26 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: camle
he meant that government provided the infrastructure for businesses to use.

No he didn't. See post #13.

17 posted on 09/06/2012 8:11:49 AM PDT by Go Gordon (It's barack hussein obama - because he doesn't believe in capitalism.)
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To: thingumbob
I never liked playing that one up too much. As a conservative Christian, I know that the Church has been arguing over what the meaning of "is" is for over a millennium. They get pretty intense about it, too.

"This is my body..."

There are plenty more ways to pick on Democrats.

18 posted on 09/06/2012 8:12:47 AM PDT by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: SeekAndFind
you-didn't-build-that

Hey Zippy, you have the right idea, we didn't vote you in there either.

19 posted on 09/06/2012 8:13:12 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

If Julia is still in college at age 26, she has a problem.


20 posted on 09/06/2012 8:13:32 AM PDT by Go Gordon (It's barack hussein obama - because he doesn't believe in capitalism.)
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To: ArGee
No offense....

Just couldn't resist quoting Clinton the night after the big speech.....

21 posted on 09/06/2012 8:14:42 AM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: SeekAndFind
I had a liberal try to convince me of this BS... I showed him the entire statement on You Tube and he lost the argument.

LLS

22 posted on 09/06/2012 8:15:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama of Roanoke, we saw you coming!
If the voters decide to continue this direction, serious decisions will be made for the Producers in this nation. Those that can create wealth, can do it anywhere because success is a habit. This essential habit is clearly void in the ‘Progressive’ ideology.


23 posted on 09/06/2012 8:16:17 AM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Go Gordon

RE: If Julia is still in college at age 26, she has a problem.

What if she were pursuing a PH.D or a Medical Degree with a specialty? Or like, Sandra Fluke, a Law Degree?


24 posted on 09/06/2012 8:17:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Go Gordon
Sorry, but he can't get away with an after the fact out-of-context claim.

Oh, I don't buy it for a second. I was just using a rhetorical device that says even if we accept the opposition's BS as truth, the underlying point is still valid.

That's not saying the the BS is true, it's just saying it doesn't matter with respect to the specific point, which is that the statement, in-context or not, provides an accurate window in the belief and practices of Obama and resonates with the general public accordingly.

25 posted on 09/06/2012 8:19:15 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: thingumbob
None taken. I just like to make the point occasionally that it's easy to point fingers. English can be difficult to understand.

NOTE: I am NOT claiming any moral equivalence between Democrats and those who try their best to understand what the Bible is saying.

26 posted on 09/06/2012 8:22:02 AM PDT by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: SeekAndFind

what is, is.


27 posted on 09/06/2012 8:23:14 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

bumpity uppity


28 posted on 09/06/2012 8:23:31 AM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Go Gordon
That's what he's talking about when he says his syntax was wrong (he used "that" instead of "those"...should have used plural for "roads and bridges")

Problem is, his whole context (not just the pronouns used) is denigrating businesses and glorifying Gov't. That's not a syntax problem.

29 posted on 09/06/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT by what's up
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To: SeekAndFind
“”Obviously, I have regrets for my syntax,””

Middle out speak? I'm pretty sure I have never made that statement. I have misspoken. I have lied. I have said dumb things, “my syntax” ??????? The poor and middle class use the word “syntax” all the time, don't they? Obama really knows how to relate to the middle class.

30 posted on 09/06/2012 8:31:38 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: ArGee
I just like to make the point occasionally that it's easy to point fingers.

Sometimes is hard not to get caught up in that, when all the leader of your country does is point fingers of blame at everyone but himself....

I'm really looking forward to the November election so we can all finally find out what our fate will be after all the polls are closed.

31 posted on 09/06/2012 8:32:35 AM PDT by thingumbob (I'm a bitter clinger...I dare you to take my gun)
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To: SeekAndFind

In a perfect world, all candidates would just express what they really believe. There would be no photo-ops of the candidate making their one-every-4-year pilgrimage to church. Nor would there be the staged hunting trip to show they like guns. They would simply step up and tell the audience what is in their heart.

When was the last time a Democrat actually told the truth on the campaign trail? Was it Mondale that said he would raise taxes? I would have a lot more respect for any candidate, regardless of the party, if they simply told the truth. Don’t tell me what you think I want to hear, tell me what is in your heart.

The “spread the wealth” and “you didn’t build that” is what is in Obama’s heart. And no amount of spin will change that, especially with 4 years of evidence to back it up.


32 posted on 09/06/2012 8:45:55 AM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: SeekAndFind
everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying."

Which is the statist premise of libtards that the government is more important than the individual for his own success, and the libtard collectivist premise that society and others are more important than the individual.

33 posted on 09/06/2012 8:47:29 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: SeekAndFind
"Obviously, I have regrets for my syntax," Obama replied. "But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying."

I wasn't there, but I still know exactly what he was saying. Like Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama is a person who neither understands nor appreciates the value of building a business, providing jobs and producing goods and services that consumers would want to purchase. He does not understand the effort and work that go into building a business - at some level, people like Obama and Warren believe that businesses are things which sprout from the earth like mushrooms to give left-wing politicians something to mindlessly rail against and tax.

This is understandable, since people like Obama and Warren have never done any productive work.
34 posted on 09/06/2012 8:57:21 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SeekAndFind

Only racists would say that Obama said what he said, after he said he said it but didn’t mean to say it.

/sarc


35 posted on 09/06/2012 9:06:55 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: SeekAndFind

He didn’t mean what he thinks he meant either! lol


36 posted on 09/06/2012 9:50:08 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: BookmanTheJanitor
Obviously, they think the only way women can make it is with the help of the government.

Women decided that they don't need men, now they want the government to take care of them?

You made your beds, now sleep in them. With your cats!

37 posted on 09/06/2012 10:11:03 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Go Gordon

He can blather all he wants, but it simply will not work. It’s on the Internet, he said it, anyone who has doubts can listen to it, and they can all hear what he said.

Every native speaker of English recognizes the syntax. Everyone knows what he meant. It’s not just the arrangement of the words, it’s tone, infliction, timing, etc.

His “who are you going to believe, me or your own lying ears” is pathetically laughable.


38 posted on 09/06/2012 2:54:33 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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