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Video: Obama, “If You’ve Got a Business, You Didn’t Build That”

At a campaign event in Roanoke, VA, Barack Obama stated, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Someone else made that happen.”

I know plenty of small businesspeople who would disagree with the President’s sentiment. But more importantly, I think the comment is indicative of our President’s failure to grasp fundamental economic concepts. It seems he truly believes all success is given, not earned.

The president’s full remarks are available via a transcript posted on the White House website. The relevant quote is towards the end.


Herman Cain tweeted a link to the above video.

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  • The “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build
    that” line is somewhere in the middle of that paragraph. This is the unwarped version of the
    presidents words, from the full transcript of the words Obama spoke. I used the link that is provided above http://erik.gs/PVr6Vp.

    Whoever made this video takes us for idiots.

    ” 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.”

    He isn’t saying that you didn’t build the business. He’s saying if you have a business, you
    didn’t build the roads. Like I said it
    was put out of context. I must say, sir, what is your agenda when you attempt to manipulate people so? Cause I must say, your not doing anything to convince me to vote for Romney.

    • “He isn’t saying that you didn’t build the business. He’s saying if you have a business, you
      didn’t build the roads. Like I said it
      was put out of context.”
      And? (I’m not the poster of this blog btw) I don’t see how this changes his sentiment in any way. Yes, other people enabled you to use resources that may have not been available otherwise. That in no way diminishes the risk and burdens that business owners place on themselves when they begin a business.
      You can always go back and see how we are dependent on others. As long as we live in a civil, or even tribal, society it will be so. But, that does not mean that we should not give credit where credit is due.

      That is like Obama meeting Henry Ford and, instead of saying thanks for putting the resources he had available to positive use, just remarking “You didn’t invent the car somebody else made that happen.”
      The point is what do you do with the talents and resources that are given to you. Not, whether or not you were dependent in any way to the actions or ideas of other, because we all are.

      Also, why are you going to YouTube videos to be swayed as to whether or not you will vote for Romney? Why don’t you look to history and political philosophy? Why don’t you study ideas instead of video clips? Actions instead of words? If you have found a record that is worthy of reelecting in President Obama’s 1st term than you

      • …have found something that I have not yet seen.

  • Completely taken out of context.

  • The next paragraph starts with: “The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual
    initiative, but also because we do things together.”
    Which is 100% true.