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President Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” Business Remark Could be Turning Point in Election

Posted: July 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm   /   by

The presidential campaign took a major turn this week with the face off between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama over who creates jobs in America: hard working individuals who take risks or bloated and wasteful government.

The turn may be decisive in November. When President Obama made his famous “You didn’t build that” statement, referring to successful businesses that create jobs, millions of Americans were stunned. When the president said, “Somebody else made that happen,” they were insulted.

In fact, Team Romney immediately responded with an ad deflating that proposition.


Most Americans get their jobs from small businesses, the countless number of companies that exist because someone took a chance, borrowed money, and worked hard. When the companies succeed, they hire people. Everybody wins.

The president seems to resent success, always finding an excuse for individual achievement. He tells people that they really did not succeed on their own. Some invisible force must have made it happen.

What he really means is government made it happen. This is the mainstay of his economic message. Millions of Americans know it is not true. Government collects taxes and spends money. It does both badly.

The president has it backwards. Americans do not demonize success. They celebrate it.



  1. dleeper47 says:

    If we all owe our successes to the government because the government built our roads, can we blame the govt for criminals who use those same roads to make their getaways and run their “enterprises?”

    1.  @dleeper47 Good question!

    2.  @dleeper47 In fact, can we go one step further and say that government should get a “cut” of thieves’ take?

      1. dleeper47 says:

         @WesternFreePress Big Government, at all levels, probably *is* getting a cut of the thieves’ take.  

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President Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” Business Remark Could be Turning Point in Election