Obama Still Claiming His “You Didn’t Build That” Comments Were Taken Out Of Context

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The comments are indefensible, so I guess the only real defense Obama is left with is to claim he never really said what he clearly said, though as the article pointed out Obama didn’t initially use the “out of context” defense. He initially tried to claim that Romney had made similar comments.

The president, after taking a few-day hiatus from campaigning along with Romney out of respect for the victims of the Colorado mass shooting, set out on a round of fundraisers where he tried again to douse the still-simmering controversy over his ill-phrased remarks on business in America.

Speaking in Oakland Monday night, he said Romney knowingly “twisted my words around” to imply he didn’t care about small business.

The fundraiser remarks marked the latest effort by the Obama campaign to claim Romney pulled his quote out of context. The Obama campaign released a web video titled “Tampered” on Monday that made the same point.

However, the campaign did not initially mount this argument. In the days immediately following the comments, in which the president suggested businesses owe their success in large part to government, the campaign defended the president’s remarks — without claiming they were taken out of context.

Romney makes a good point in noting that the context of Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comments actually make it worse:

“The context, he says, you know, you think you’ve been successful because you’re smart, but he says a lot of people are smart. You think you’ve been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard. This is an ideology which says hey, we’re all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past,” Romney said. “It’s a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy.”

What Obama was saying is that nobody is really smarter than anyone else. Nobody really works harder than anyone else. We’re all winners, so we should redistribute wealth evenly.

Which is a bit like not keeping score in sports.

In the grown-up world, we know that winners achieve through hard work and talent and that they deserve to be rewarded for that hard work and talent. It’s the profit motive. We work hard and deploy our talents to achieve success and prosperity. If our hard work goes unrewarded, then what’s the point in working hard?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    When he’s right, he’s right.

    • robert108

      You’re both wrong.

    • Gern Blanston

      Romney? Yeah, sure – I’ll agree wit hyour there.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    If obama once had a strong likeability rating, he didn’t build that – someone else did! Somebody along the line gave him some help. He didn’t do it on his own.

  • Emil Kashuntz

    Just because it is true, he should not mention it. We all know the rich built the highways, locks, dams, airports and everything else. No one contributes to society but the rich. I just saw some guys working on the railroad. It looked like they were working hard, but it was an illusion, they don’t deserve health care that is affordable, but insurance company executives deserve to make millions robbing them. We would have nothing if not for the rich who did everything. No one else had anything to do with building this country. That is why it is so important we reward the rich with lots of tax breaks. The hell with everyone else, right Mitt? Don’t forget about that socialist Basin Electric or the socialist owner owned coops calling themselves phone companies. How about Cenex. Dirty socialist bastards. What about those blasted socialist credit unions offering loans at fair prices? It all undermines the rich.

    • Gern Blanston

      >>Sigh<< So you really believe the rich aren't paying their share? Half of the populous pays nothing and the other half must pay more; all so your guys can run up deficits even higher for shovel-ready jobs that never existed using budgets they refuse to pass. You don't know if those workers you saw have access to affordable healthcare. Taxing the rich and workers whom you know nothing about have nothing to do with whether or not Obama thinks businesses owe their success to governement or their own hard work and ingenuity. Provately held cooperatives are nothing like socialist political and economic systems. SO please try to keep your nonsensical drivel to yourself. Maybe its time YOU read a book or two.

    • toppr8

      Emil
      U R dillusional!

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    …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 point is, is that 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.

    President Barack Obama

    • Onslaught1066

      I see that you are through quoting Dumb-O accurately, can’t say as I blame you, he is pretty stupid for a Harvard edumacated…Whatever.

      Here this might help you remember why you voted for him in the first place:

      “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Barack Obama 7-13 2012.

      • Gern Blanston

        Actually, he forgot the extra ‘that’ before ‘you didn’t build that’. But otherise well executed.

        • Onslaught1066

          tru dat

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Hey, Winged Dick Head Avatar Guy, I found the quote of your gop candidate telling people they didn’t get there on their own.

        “You Olympians, however, know 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 in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the
        shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians,
        let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities.

        • Onslaught1066

          Hey Boob,

          “If you’ve shot up a theater full of people — you didn’t do that.
          Somebody else made that happen, by providing a $26,000 a year federal grant.

          Government bought your guns. Government bought your Ammo. Government bought your explosives, body armor and helmet. Government even bought the gas that you had to use in your car because your government provided electric car couldn’t carry your ass to the theater on a single charge.

          How about that Boob, Jim Holmes prayed to the government and your lord and savior “The One” obama provided.

          Aren’t we lucky that government is there to make it all happen?

          How about this boob, you got anything to say about your precious infrastructure now?

        • robert108

          “…loving parents, sisters or brotherss, coaches…”

          Not the govt. Ooops!
          Just another lie from this administration and its lackeys.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Big 180 McCain voter and Rmoney Hypocrite, cherry picking out the government reference, I see. Why do you make it so easy for us to catch your lies?

            Willard:

            “…communities built venues…We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities.

            President Obama:

            “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, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together…

          • robert108

            I don’t lie; I leave that to you and your left wing extremist America-hating minions. obama clearly stated how much he hates America, as well.

    • Onslaught1066

      This just in Boob.

      “If you’ve shot up a theater full of people — you didn’t do that. Somebody else made that happen, by providing a $26,000 a year federal grant.

      Government bought your guns. Government bought your Ammo. Government bought your explosives, body armor and helmet. Government even bought the gas that you had to use in your car because your government provided electric car couldn’t carry your ass to the theater on a single charge.

      How about that Boob, Jim Holmes prayed to the government and your lord and savior “The One” obama provided.

      Aren’t we lucky that government is there to make it all happen?

      Let the spinning commence.

    • toppr8

      And when a business can’t survive because of all the red tape involved in developing it, who pays the debts…….not everyone, just the business owner……….Obama said it and now he can’t take it back……..

    • robert108

      Individual businesses created this American system, which is quite believable to anyone who has American values, which just shows that obama isn’t a real Ameridan.

  • SigFan

    He obviously thought that this boneheaded comment would help rile-up his class envious base, and maybe to some extent it did. His miscalculation though was how much more this would anger those of us that know the value of hard work, initiative and what it has taken to achieve whatever levels of success we have. Even people who don’t own a business know how hard the owners of the places that employ them have had to work – if they are honest about it anyway. Obama has proven over and over by his comments and actions that he has no idea what it takes to be in business. And he’s shown even less of an understanding of what it means to be an American.

    • Eat This

      “His miscalculation though was how much more this would anger those of us that know the value of hard work…”

      So you were going to vote for him before he made this statement? I was never going to vote for him, so what does him pissing me off more accomplish? I can only vote once and I can’t vote harder against him. It was a good move and it will sway or galvanize those who are pissed about their situation and those who believe the rich owe us. Romney’s people should focus on that rather than preaching to the choir.

      • SigFan

        Vote for Obama? Not if he was the last politician running for the lowliest office in the land. What he has done though is pissed off some of the fence-sitters and undecideds – and if your desire as is mine to see him go down in flames in November that’s a positive thing.

        • Eat This

          I don’t think he did. Most people that are upset about this were already voting for Romney. Most business owners and those who don’t believe the rich should be taxed extra are voting for Romney, they aren’t undecided. This will help the undecideds and Romney’s folks should be more concerned about that rather than firing up those of us who are going to vote Romney anyway.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Did anyone else see the video clip of Mittens telling the American athletes before the Winter Games that they didn’t get there on their own, that they had help along the way?

    Can’t wait for it to make the rounds.

    • robert108

      Desperate to change the subject.

    • guest

      Apples and oranges, you child of an asshole sucker.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Stay klassy, Jerry, Gerry, Jeri or Gheri.

        • guest

          Everyone knows what you come from, bobbie, roberta.

    • robert108

      It isn’t the govt that helped those athletes, but what about the athletes that didn’t get to the Olympics? They got the same help, so the difference was in the higher level of achievement of the Olympic athletes, same as in business.

  • robert108

    obama knows he’s wrong, and he let his Marxism slip again, so as a compulsive liar, all he can do is pile more lies on top of the first one, hoping to bluster his way out of this mess.

    • Eat This

      This was not a slip. This statement was calculated and unfortunately will work well for him, playing into his tax the rich strategy which most people favor because most people don’t like to think.

      Most people don’t own or even manage businesses. Most people don’t like their jobs. Most people resent their bosses or owners of their company.

      Those who were laid off or hate their jobs are thinking, “Yeah! They didn’t build that company! I did! My coworkers and I built this place through our hard work while that asshole was relaxing on the beach! And what do we get for it?”

      Romney’s statement plays well to business owners, most of whom will be voting for him anyway. I think Romney’s people should be focusing on how to spin this into a negative for non-business owners. He’s preaching to the choir which isn’t going to help him much.

      • toppr8

        Disillusioned aren’t you……ha ha ha

  • mickey_moussaoui

    obama is a yawner. his socilist agenda is a failure. his leadership is a joke. his excuses are lame. his followers are deranged. his wife is a bitch. his administration are commies. his healthscare is a job killer. his hate for America is well noted.

    • Emil Kashuntz

      How about all that socialism in North Dakota? The state bank, socialism. The state mill and elevator, socialism. Now why don’t you brave Republicans in North Dakota put an end to that crap? Just like social security you will not attack it because it works. You are so phony

      • toppr8

        Social Securtiy works!!! REALLY?…. and you believe that??? REALLY?
        Thats why it will be bankrupt in how many years…..and who will lose out on the benefits they were FORCED to put into it! Social Security is a govt boondogle……..BIG GOVT does not work……

      • jl

        Thanks for staying on topic.

        • toppr8

          What ?

    • toppr8

      I couldn’t agree more!!

  • Bat One

    Obama’s suggestion that he was misunderstood is simply his newest attempt to cover one lie with another. This it-takes-a-village/government-to-build-an-enterprise riff was copped by Obama from native American philosopher Princess Fauxcahontas, Elizabeth Warren (http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/07/dreams-from-his-fauxcahontas.php).

  • Emil Kashuntz

    When the rich rape the poor it is just good business. When the working people demand a fair shake, it is class warfare. The top one percent now get 20% of the income, but that is not class warefare? The bottom 50% of the people in this country only have 1 % of the wealth. What are they bitching about? The slave should have been happy to pick the cotton, after all the plantation owner gave them jobs. Are we really dumb enough to fall for the right wing palaver? Where are the jobs the greedy bastards promised us? How come everyone did so much better when the rich paid taxes?

    • Gern Blanston

      There you go again…claiming the rich don’t pay taxes.

    • jl

      “The top 1% get 20% of the income.” No, they earn the income. But wait, you’re telling me the top 1% earn 20% of the income, but pay 40% of the income taxes? As a liberal, you know that’s not fair, so tell us your plan to even-out the income tax burden more fairly. Here’s a start- why not have the bottom 50% pay at least something?

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      Do you have any inkling of what “class warfare” means? It seems you do not.

  • mikemc1970

    The mask slips and the Marxists peeks from beneath. Oh America you have a fork in the road to choose, Romney and liberty or Obama and tyranny.

  • Emil Kashuntz

    I am not sure what a socialist is, but I know they are scary. Rush tells me every day who to be afraid of. Socialism has something to do with sharing. Like everyone shares the cost of the police, and the fire department. That is terrible. Social security is terrible. We all share the cost of taking care of the elderly. This sharing can lead to nothing good. Next they will want the rich to share in the cost of running the country. That is socialism. North Dakota is a socialist state. it has a state run bank, a state run elevator, and all kins of cooperatives. In North Dakota Republicans have a majority in both houses, and the governor is a Repubican. Why don’t they put an end to this terrible socialism and make cooperatives illegal in North Dakota. Why don’t they put an end to Credit Unions. Socialism is terrible, especially when it works. Somehow socialism leave the parasites out of the system. I am not sure what it is but I know Jesus was all against sharing.

    • Gern Blanston

      Actually we are not sharing the cost of taking care of the elderly. We are putting it squarely on the backs of a later generation. Cooperatives are not socialism. Socialism is not sharing – other than mediocrity at best; misery at worst.
      But keep repeating your latest talking points. Maybe they’ll stick with someone.

    • jl

      Tell me how the bottom 50% who pay no income tax are “sharing”?

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      So! You listen to Rush everyday? Prove it. Quote some specific examples and refute them for us. You can start right away. Should require no big effort. You listen to him every day anyway.

  • Mike Adamson

    Anybody who can read honestly and competently understands what Obama said.

    • robert108

      It’s the same old tired Marxist line that fails everywhere it’s tried.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      I would add that anyone who can watch and listen the video, would understand what President Obama said.

      • Mike Adamson

        quite right

        • robert108

          That’s the exact reason for the uproar; Americans understand exactly what he said, and object to his ideology.

    • Bat One

      Agreed! Which is exactly why what he said is so objectionable.

    • Onslaught1066

      True, and what Dumb-O said was “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Barack Obama 7-13 2012.

      If on the other hand you would like to take your turn at bat and try to explain what Dumb-O meant, go right on ahead, I could use a good laugh.

      Don’t you find it even remotely pathetic that it is you, in the collective, (see what I did there?) who are left to tell us what he meant to say?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    obama should go back to using a teleprompter cause he screws up too much when he wings it. You know, he’s such a great orator ‘n all

  • moors710

    The problem Obama is having is the quotes are taken in context.

    • SlickWilly

      That’s Hilarious.

  • Spartacus

    Nothing was taken out of context.

  • Savanna

    “… look, if Obama was successful in winning the election the first time, he didn’t get there on his own. He didn’t get there on his own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, ‘it must be because he’s understanding and willing to share the wealth.’ There are a lot of understanding people out there. ‘ It must be because he’s black. Let me tell you something- there are a whole bunch of black people out there. If he was successful, somebody along the line gave him some help… If he’s president- it’s not because of anything he did. Somebody else made that happen.”

  • chris

    It turns out that Mit Romney had a “you didn’t build that” moment. During the 2002 Olympic Games, he said “You Olympians, however, know 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 in order to organize competitions. All
    Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them.”

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      You wish to equate Romney’s gracious comments and acknowledgements to Obama’s rip on small business? The same sort of gracious acknowledgments that valedictorians give to their teachers? That Oscar winners give to the writers and directors and technicians that helped made the movie? etc., etc., … Is that right? How did you ever reach such a low level of degradation?

      • chris

        The problem is that Obama wasn’t ripping on small business. He was saying that businesses owe a lot of their success to the pro-business environment, like the good roads, public security, education, etc. Go to a 3d-world country and maybe you’ll know what I mean. Americans don’t give enough credit to our great system which facilitates business and general way of life. Just like what Romney said about Olympic athletes, businesses stand on the shoulder of those who lifted them.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          His whole demeanor was confrontational just as though he were a smart-ass professor lecturing people who thought otherwise than he thinks. The infrastructure is paid for by taxes paid by businesses, it doesn’t go in unless there is development by business. I’ve been to several third-world countries. Their problem is, as it is here, largely government. Whose shoulders did the pioneers stand on? Who came first? Businesses and homes—then government. In North Dakota, with its farms and towns, it was ruts and wells and kerosene lamps for decades. Initially, and for a very long time, infrastructure was built privately. “You didn’t build that” is sophistry or, more plainly, condescending bullshit.
          How much credit should we give government (as though it were something other than the People themselves)? How in logical terms, do you even give credit to “the government.” Giving credit to God makes more sense and is far healthier. The government is made up of people who, in the aggregate, have well demonstrated that their collective intelligence is no better than that of the public at large.
          No, Obama’s instruction was nothing like the gracious acknowledgements Romney offered. It was an attack.

          • chris

            “His whole demeanor was confrontational just as though he were a
            smart-ass professor lecturing people who thought otherwise than he
            thinks”

            That’s your interpretation of his demeanor, and it means nothing.

            “Whose shoulders did the pioneers stand on? Who came first? Businesses and homes—then government”

            Actually the pioneers were European before they were American, and so they had obvious help from the government of their home country. How did Columbus even get to the Americas? He used ships funded by the Spanish Royal Family. Where did any of the funding for the early colonies come from? From the British Royal Family. The first actual US company using US currency couldn’t have existed without the formation of the US government. How did the US expand to the west? The government, of course, through purchases and treatise and acquisitions

            “I’ve been to several third-world countries. Their problem is, as it is here, largely government.”

            So what you’re saying is, in places where there is no government, businesses thrive? Can you name a few? How can you support a business without any public infrastructure or security, or protections of any sort? Maybe in the Amazon jungle where the local government has no control and no infrastructure, you can find the paradise you’re looking for.

            “In North Dakota, with its farms and towns, it was ruts and wells and
            kerosene lamps for decades. Initially, and for a very long time,
            infrastructure was built privately.”

            How far back do you want to go? It started out as being part of the Louisiana Purchase called the Dakota Territory, and then it officially became North Dakota in 1889. the main engine for settlement was the great railroad system, which was funded by government (Ulysses S. Grant) as well as .private ownership. Also, the government provided and sold land grants to the settlers and railroad tycoons. After that, businesses were able to set up shop and thrive. Which came first?

            “How much credit should we give government (as though it were something
            other than the People themselves)? How in logical terms, do you even
            give credit to “the government.”

            Giving credit to the government is the same as giving credit to the people, because they are essentially mutually dependent upon each other. Could there be a “people” without a government to represent it, or a government without a people?

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            1. That is by no means only my interpretation.

            2. Idiot you are. Columbus was not a “pioneer.” Jeezus!

            3. You are ignorant of history and what you have posted is evidence of truly deep ignorance, unworthy of a response.

          • chris

            1. I’m not concerned about your interpretation of Obama’s tone of language, but rather the content of his words.
            2. I’m not sure what you’re referring to by “pioneer” then. Columbus was not only the “discoverer” of the Americas, but he was also a bit of a scientific discoverer. After all, he broke the the age-old idea that the earth was flat, which was why he had decided to go the opposite direction to reach India. He was, by all accounts, a pioneer in exploration and science. Or were you talking about actual American pioneers, like Davy Crockett? Well you lose there too, because this “king of the wild frontier” was a member of the US congress and a colonel. Who else do you got?
            3. Why don’t you prove how ignorant I am with actual data. So far all you’ve proven is that you’re in denial. Sounds like you don’t know your own history.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            1. Then you are stupid.

            2. Columbus was an explorer, some say a discoverer. In what way was he a pioneer in exploration and science? Look up “pioneer.” The meaning should be obvious from my context. Davy Crockett was a frontiersman. Are you doing seminars with hanni?

            3. You are a waste of time.

            4. Of course I know my own history. It’s you who don’t know history as an academic subject. My own history is my own past. Learn English. Also look up “equivocation” as a form of logical fallacy.

            5. Do you take sexual pleasure in having your stupidity pointed out so frequently?

          • chris

            1. Then you are stupid back.

            2. Here is the actual definition of “pioneer”:

            -One who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle.
            -One who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development.

            Both Columbus and Davy seem to have satisfied the requirements of being a “pioneer”.

            3. You offer no rebuttal, you’re in denial that you lost this argument.

            4. Refer back to my response #3. I don’t care if you were born and raised there. It doesn’t mean you automatically have the knowledge of history hardcoded at birth, and you for sure as hell weren’t there to have personal knowledge. It takes the right research to really know.

            5. I do take pleasure in knowing that I can out-argue someone using some basic research skills. My only regret is that you offer nothing to counter my arguments and revert only to personal attacks, and I feel like I’m wasting my time with a child.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Hi, hanni.

          • chris

            Like I say, personal attacks, no intelligence. I feel sorry for you.

  • chris

    It turns out that Paul Ryan is a living example of “you didn’t build that”. His family fortune was possible through government subsidies and funding:

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/330818

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