Skip to comments.Obama regrets you-didn't-build-that 'syntax' (He didn't mean what we think he meant)
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.
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.
He said exactly what he meant.
I didn’t say what I said. If you think I said what I said, you’re stupid.
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?
Really, BamBam? I guess Elizabeth Warren didn’t mean it either.
Mmm hmmmm. Sounds like you both were quite ‘on message’ to me.
Give it up, Politico. We all know what the communist meant.
Yeah, well, Obama...a LOT of people are regretting voting for you.
As I saw someone else point out today, if you're explaining yourself, you're losing.
He meant that you do not own it and the government can take control of it.
.....And let's not forget that famous line:
"It depends on what the mean of "is" is.....
You're right on!
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)
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.
The fact that the Dems are still trying to cover Zero’s ass six weeks after that statement speaks volumes. He wrecked his chances.
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.
No he didn't. See post #13.
"This is my body..."
There are plenty more ways to pick on Democrats.
Hey Zippy, you have the right idea, we didn't vote you in there either.
If Julia is still in college at age 26, she has a problem.
Just couldn't resist quoting Clinton the night after the big speech.....
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.
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?
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.
NOTE: I am NOT claiming any moral equivalence between Democrats and those who try their best to understand what the Bible is saying.
what is, is.
Problem is, his whole context (not just the pronouns used) is denigrating businesses and glorifying Gov't. That's not a syntax problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only racists would say that Obama said what he said, after he said he said it but didn’t mean to say it.
He didn’t mean what he thinks he meant either! lol
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!
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.
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