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Obama to Olympians: You Didn't Win That
American Thinker ^ | 7/29/2012 | William Tate

Posted on 07/29/2012 7:18:41 AM PDT by NMRed

Swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed the first gold medal for U.S. athletes at the London Olympics on Saturday. But Barack Obama has a message for Lochte, and other American medal winners: You didn't win that.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: business; government; obama; olympics
"Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own."
1 posted on 07/29/2012 7:18:51 AM PDT by NMRed
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To: NMRed
Isn't that what Romney told the athletes in Salt Lake City?
2 posted on 07/29/2012 7:20:00 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: NMRed

3 posted on 07/29/2012 7:23:44 AM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: BenLurkin

No. Any other questions?


4 posted on 07/29/2012 7:34:55 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BenLurkin
Isn't that what Romney told the athletes in Salt Lake City?

No. Romney told them this: "You guys pushed yourself, drove yourself, sacrificed, trained and competed time and again at winning and losing.” then also praised their families, coaches and communities for helping them. Obama never praised the business owner - he took their success away from them and gave it to others.

5 posted on 07/29/2012 7:35:23 AM PDT by noexcuses
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To: NMRed

barack hussein bin biden


6 posted on 07/29/2012 7:40:08 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: NMRed

Since my tax money has helped builds roads, bridges, schools, gyms, swimming pools, etc., I demand a share of all the ill-gotten gains athletes and entertainers have accumulated for the last forty years using the infrastructure and facilities my tax money was spent on. Ten million simoleons should satisfy me.


7 posted on 07/29/2012 7:43:24 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: NMRed

Will we ever know the full list of people who contributed to Obama’s “success”?


8 posted on 07/29/2012 7:46:33 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: NMRed
Watching the video of Obama's Roanoke remarks, there can be little doubt that, sans teleprompter, he unintentionally revealed his disdain for individuals who achieve success,

My guess is that part of that disdain is his certain knowledge that he is himself undeserving of his station.

9 posted on 07/29/2012 7:53:01 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: NMRed

10 posted on 07/29/2012 7:53:06 AM PDT by unique1
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To: NMRed

I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so fast. There are a lot of fast people out there. It must be because I trained harder than everybody else. Let me tell you somethin’ (sic) — there are a whole bunch of people trainin’ out there. ..”


11 posted on 07/29/2012 7:54:41 AM PDT by mikrofon (Remember the failed "ChicagOlympics")
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To: NMRed

Ok, we’re getting carried away with this. People here actually believe Lochte could have gotten where he is now with no help whatsoever? No coach,,,no trainers? Good grief. Listen to top notch athletes and they will credit their trainers,,,batting coaches, quarterback coaches, whatever, for helping them get where they are.


12 posted on 07/29/2012 7:57:03 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Last night, in the gymnastics competition, the commentator noted that the top British gymnast had a tattoo on his back, just the edge of it visible outside his uniform.

The tattoo said, “I win what I earn”, or something to that effect.


13 posted on 07/29/2012 8:03:59 AM PDT by WL-law
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To: NMRed
Prayer for 0bama

Psalm 109:8 ~

"Let his days be few and brief;
And let others step forward to replace him."

14 posted on 07/29/2012 8:04:32 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: NMRed

According to Procter & Gamble, their moms did it for them.

As far as I can tell from the P&G ads, none of these athletes have supportive fathers.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 8:06:22 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: WL-law

More info:

What I deserve, I earn: Golden boy Louis Smith hopes hard work will lead to Olympic glory

Gymnast Louis Smith beat the odds in Beijing. Now he’s looking to go one step better at London 2012, writes Darren Lewis

Louis Smith’s inspiration is tattooed across his back.

The message: ‘What I deserve I earn’ has fired him from obscurity to becoming the poster boy for Team GB’s Olympic gymnastic team.

The 22-year-old, also a two-time European silver medallist and Commonwealth Games champion, says: “I had the tattoo done when I was 18. It was a year before the Olympics and I’d just won the World Championship bronze...


16 posted on 07/29/2012 8:10:37 AM PDT by WL-law
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To: chessplayer
Ok, we’re getting carried away with this.

I'm for anything that can be used against the Traitor-in-Chief in Washington.

17 posted on 07/29/2012 8:10:54 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: WL-law

Last night, in the gymnastics competition, the commentator noted that the top British gymnast had a tattoo on his back, just the edge of it visible outside his uniform.

The tattoo said, “I win what I earn”, or something to that effect.


Of course they earn what they win. But to think they do it in a complete vacuum is crazy.


18 posted on 07/29/2012 8:11:21 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: BenLurkin
"Isn't that what Romney told the athletes in Salt Lake City?"

"Children all around the world are dreaming. Dreaming of daring performances, cheering friends, and proud parents. They affirmed that our aspirations and those of our children and grandchildren can become reality. We salute you Olympians, both because you dreamed, and because you paid the price to make your dreams real. You guys pushed yourself, drove yourself, sacrificed, trained, and competed time and again, winning and losing. You Olympians, however, know that you didn't get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers encouraged your hopes. Coaches guided, communities built venues and organized competitions. All Olympians, stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We've already cheered the Olympians, let's cheer the parents, coaches, and communities." -- Mitt Romney, Opening Remarks at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics

19 posted on 07/29/2012 8:15:08 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NV o/r IA = 271EV)
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To: chessplayer

What people?

You are falling for the typical Obama Straw Man.

Where do you see anyone claiming these athletes haven’t benefited from parents, coaches, etc....


20 posted on 07/29/2012 8:15:15 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: StAnDeliver

I would say the tone of that is quite different from what we heard from Dear Reader.

First of all - Obama’s tone of voice and facial expression revealed exasperation and condescension towards business owners....he seems to be saying there are a whole bunch of dumb business people out there who DON’T give credit to their communities.
He also conveniently leaves out the fact that those same business owners are paying the very same taxes that built those roads and bridges.

So, for him to smirk and declare, - you didn’t do that. You didn’t do that!

puts it in a different category than that blip from Romney


21 posted on 07/29/2012 8:24:23 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: BenLurkin

Of course! Lochte didn’t build the lane nor pool in which he swam to gold.....


22 posted on 07/29/2012 8:27:56 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: chessplayer
Ok, we’re getting carried away with this. People here actually believe Lochte could have gotten where he is now with no help whatsoever? No coach,,,no trainers? Good grief. Listen to top notch athletes and they will credit their trainers,,,batting coaches, quarterback coaches, whatever, for helping them get where they are.

Crawl back to DU, worm, and forget anyone ever called you human.

23 posted on 07/29/2012 8:37:33 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: NMRed

Good post.


24 posted on 07/29/2012 8:37:59 AM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: NMRed

Lots of humor can be made over Obama’s ridiculous statement about “You did not build that”.

A week ago I wrote here that if Obama said such a thing to a song writer, or an actor, musician, or athlete like what he said about businessmen, he would hooted off the podium. So, I find it humorous to see that others also see the disfunction in Obama’s philosophy; and the hypocracy in his liberal supporters.


25 posted on 07/29/2012 8:48:47 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: chessplayer

My guess is that few business owners would claim they achieved success SOLELY on their own, either. They would give lots of credit to their families, their employees and, especially, their customers. But most business owners will tell you that government often gets in the way of their success, rather than contributing to it ... and that they pay their share for the services government does provide.


26 posted on 07/29/2012 9:03:26 AM PDT by NMRed ("Good people drink good beer."- Hunter S. Thompson)
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To: chessplayer
No coach,,,no trainers? Good grief. Listen to top notch athletes and they will credit their trainers,,,batting coaches, quarterback coaches, whatever, for helping them get where they are.

Like the academy awards, they thank everybody including the studio night janitor.

27 posted on 07/29/2012 9:07:50 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: Gumdrop
he would hooted off the podium. So, I find it humorous to see that others also see the disfunction in Obama’s philosophy; and the hypocracy in his liberal supporters.

You raise a good point there. Why wasn't Zippo hooted off the podium in Roanoke? Because he was talking to vetted, bussed in astroturf. There probably wasn't any business owners or professionals there at all.

28 posted on 07/29/2012 9:21:00 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: Gumdrop
Barack: "I have two fine daughters."

Michelle: "You didn't do that."


29 posted on 07/29/2012 9:21:11 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: chessplayer

OK, then let the coaches get out there and win that medal.

If no one is a winner because anyone that wins had to have help and that help gets the credit then let’s not have winners and losers. Oh, wait, the is the Communist game. I guess we don’t need to have competitions because we all know we win together anyway, so if we are all winners then we would only be competing against ourselves.

No need for a baseball game. We’ll call every game a tie as we all know that baseball glove manufacturer made the gloves for every player and that manufacturer deserves credit no matter who wins.

No need for a pole vaulter as we all know the taxi driver the pole vaulter used deserves credit for getting the pole vaulter to the game, and without that ride the pole vaulter would have never competed.

This world has lost its common sense. I mean, we know more than ever but are dumber for it. No one seems to be able to put knowledge into context.

So, let me help you with that. People get credit for taking whatever was there and making more of it. Baseball players take that glove and make a great catch. No one else made that catch for them; they did it themselves. They get credit for that catch. A pole vaulter could have gotten a ride from anyone or even walked to the stadium. No taxi driver ran down the field and vaulted over the bar. The bar manufacturer didn’t run and vault, either. Common sense says no one stands in an empty field to then achieve greatness on their own. Everyone must use resources and accomplishments that came before them, but common sense says they take those resources and make more of it. That is the credit they are receiving.

To wussies like Obama and all Communists, they never competed for anything, not in sports and not in business, so they have no clue about that common sense concept of taking what is there and making more of it, achieving greatness. They are jealous little children that want credit for just standing there.

What Obama was trying to get across is that anyone that achieves beyond what was there should have any gains taken away and the gains given to the rest of the people as they somehow contributed. That is the Communist ideal. That is the Communist plan. Communist are jealous little kids that don’t achieve themselves but want to steal the achievements of others and use the excuse that they somehow must have had a hand in it. That is how Communist excuse stealing the profits from everyone else and redistributing the profits.

Obama made it “perfectly clear” that business owners do not take what is there, add their skill, risk, money, time, and labor to it and achieve something greater. He claims their input is nothing compared to the input of everyone else and therefore their profits should be taken and redistributed to everyone else.

The fact is our society provides a foundation for anyone to make more of what is there and create something grater, including profits. If you don’t take advantage of what is there and make more of it, why do you then deserve more yourself? When Obama claimed someone made the roads, OK, they got paid to make those roads. Their profits have been realized. They made profit. Done. Why do they then deserve more profits if someone then makes better use of that road to make further profit? A free society is not a Ponzi scheme. We don’t give profit to the road crew to build the road then give them further profits as businesses make use of the road, forever and ever. Wouldn’t that be nice: Build a mile of road and watch the profits kick in forever and ever as businesses line the road with their factories?

Under Obama’s Communist ideal, the first person to make anything at all will always be the richest person as all profits were derived from that person’s initial product.

Under Obama’s Communist ideal, all actions are absolute, meaning, if a factory hires someone to break ground and dig that first shovel full of dirt, that person gets to claim the factory couldn’t have been built without them. Of course that factory owner could have hired someone else or did it themselves but under the childish Communist ideal the factory owner owes a lifetime of gratitude to the person that shovel that first shovel of dirt. Under Obama’s Communist ideal a stranger could walk into a factory first thing in the morning, turn on the lights, and then claim profits as, “You didn’t turn those lights on. I did. You couldn’t have operated today unless those lights were turned on”, forgetting the factory owner could have just as easily turned those lights on himself and usually did.

Under Obama’s Communist ideal, all production is absolute. If a factory produces steal at $1 pound they should get credit for how that steal is used by some other factory and deserve lifelong profits from it. Of course, that forgets a common sense idea that a competitor might come along and offer the steal cheaper and without that lifelong demand for more profits.

Under Obama’s Communist ideal, someone should get paid when there are no profits then claim profits as well later. Think about it: A person builds a road and gets paid. There are no profits from that road but they get paid, yet, when there are profits at a later time they should get paid again. According to Obama: “You didn’t build that road. Someone else did that”, as an assumption that once someone else makes profits the Communist ideal says that road builder should be paid again. Obama and the Communists fail to even think about the book keeping hassle that would bring about: Tracking everything anyone ever did to try to ensure they got their Communist Ponzi scheme payments forever and ever.

Under Obama’s Communist ideal, a person does not agree to make a product or provide a service for payment, they are actually agreeing to be paid up front and then be paid, again, and again, and again as their product or service is built upon for further profits by someone else. In fact, according to Obama’s Communist ideal, a person doesn’t actually need to build the entire road, just the first few feet of it as they can then claim, “You didn’t build that road by yourself, I built the first 10 feet of it and without my contribution that road would have never been built.” Of course, that’s a stupid argument as the person that built the rest of the road could have just as easily also paved that first 10 feet.

Under Obama’s Communist ideal the government does everything: Builds roads, water treatment plants, etc. What he doesn’t give credit to is that fact that government has nothing and must take from those making profits from their businesses to perform anything service. Government is not the originator of anything, private businesses originate profits. The government didn’t build those roads. Government didn’t have any money to build those roads. They usually also have to contract out to private businesses to build those roads. We the People, and our private businesses, built those roads using profits taxed from us to do so. Again, Communists are simply jealous little kids that want to do nothing but get credit for everything while refusing to give credit to those that actually deserve the credit.


30 posted on 07/29/2012 9:34:46 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: NMRed


31 posted on 07/29/2012 9:41:02 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: chessplayer

I like what Rush said to a caller a few days ago. You get credit for what you’ve done, you do not get credit for what other people do and you do not get compensated ofr it. It’s a simple formula.


32 posted on 07/29/2012 9:45:25 AM PDT by CityCenter
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To: NMRed
Obama's "You didn't build that" psychosis in a nutshell:

"If you come of age in an environment where nearly everyone around you competed and worked hard to get where they are and you didn't, the way you defend against the inevitable ensuing feelings of inadequacy is to create a psychological rationale that no one, absolutely no one, got anywhere except with a leg up and a helping hand from others. Their "affirmative action" is just less conspicuous than yours, but the bottom line is that you are no different from them."

Source: You Didn't Build It...because I Didn't Earn It


33 posted on 07/29/2012 9:56:42 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: CityCenter

“You get credit for what you’ve done...”

That right there is a matter of perception.. I know a bunch of “managers” that take credit for what their people do... But they enable the work.

How do you compensate for that ?


34 posted on 07/29/2012 10:01:22 AM PDT by mike_9958
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To: mike_9958

Most companies have a policy that if you ‘invent’ something while in their employ, the company OWNS it. Software written is the property of the company.

SO... even if YOU DID IT, it belongs to others. Which, in a way, is socialism.


35 posted on 07/29/2012 10:15:29 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: NMRed
" But Barack Obama has a message for Lochte, and other American medal winners: You didn't win that."

Scroll back to 2008.


36 posted on 07/29/2012 10:17:34 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: NMRed

True that.
There are so many people (and pets) to thank...just like a long-winded Oscars’ acceptance speech.


37 posted on 07/29/2012 10:39:04 AM PDT by citizencon
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To: NMRed

0bama should return the Nobel Peace Prize that was given to him for nothing. He certainly hasn’t earned that.


38 posted on 07/29/2012 10:43:41 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Post Toasties

You Didn't Earn That

39 posted on 07/29/2012 10:50:30 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (If Obama was any more thin skinned, he'd have a receptacle end: Dennis Miller)
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SO... even if YOU DID IT, it belongs to others. Which, in a way, is socialism.

But you read and signed the contract.

Could you have invented it in your basement without working for the company? If so why didn't you do so?

40 posted on 07/29/2012 12:26:39 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: NMRed

he is such a damn jerk.


41 posted on 07/29/2012 12:44:46 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Right Wing Assault

What I was trying to point out is that there are situations where a personal effort becomes owned by a corporation. If you ‘signed the contract’ stating that would be the case, there should be no objection.

Another way of looking at it is, a corporation is nothing without each and every personal effort.

In other words, it’s really a ‘mutual’ effort.

The real issue is that Obama is hypocritical in making that statement, after declaring to the GOP in 2008, “I WON”.


42 posted on 07/29/2012 1:38:05 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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