If You Build It, Obama Will Take the Credit
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. 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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
"The point is, when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires."We are not supposed to take the President at his word (words) "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
What he meant was that if "you have a business" all the people who "invested in roads and bridges" "made" your business "happen." That is, "government" made your business happen.
Charles Krauthammer explains how pathetically dumb (and revealing) Obama's statement is.
UPDATE: When it comes to his own administration, Cronyism Built That.
UPDATE II: At the end of his embarrassingly unscripted "You didn't build that..." speech, the president tried to rescue himself by saying this...
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.It was the equivalent of golfer getting his driver trapped behind him on the downswing, realizing it, and flipping his wrists to save the shot. But by that time, the ball was gone and in the weeds.
The cracks in the president's swing are beginning to show. He's hoping to win his match against Romney by yelling during his backswing "YOU SUCK!" Not very presidential or sportsmanlike but, it's all he's got. If Romney can keep from being distracted and his eye on the ball, he could be 4 up at the turn and coasting to victory.