Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.
- John Greenleaf Whittier, American Poet, Reformer, and Author (1807-1892)

I feel sort of sad for people who have their hearts so invested into Barack Obama’s presidency that they can’t break free and see the truth when the truth is undeniable and feel compelled to keep trying to defend the president’s statements when they’re indefensible.

In a rare moment off the teleprompter, we got a glimpse of the true Obama when he made the infamous “you didn’t build that” insult against the business owners and job creators of America. Here’s a typical attempt by a typical O-bot trying to defend Obama’s comment:

Chauna Lawson Defends Obama's "You Didn't Build" That Statement

source: Chauna Lawson

(You ever notice how the Obama-lover feels compelled to make at least one Fox News reference in every comment they post on the Internet?)

What Obama said was:

If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

I’m sorry, but there’s no way to misinterpret that, and yet, realizing what a devastating glimpse his words were into the real, unscripted Obama, the Obama campaign tried to fight back by creating a commercial in which they claim the quote was taken out of context.

Like the good parrots they are, the Obama supporters mindlessly began repeating it: *squawk* out of context *squawk* out of context.

The funny thing is, when you look at the context of the full quote, Obama’s comments are even more insulting!

Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hard-working people out there.

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.

Here we have the president of the United States mocking the people who have succeeded in America by telling us how he’s always struck by people who think they were successful because they were so smart and because they worked so hard!

Can this guy be any more condescending towards the people who built the businesses that made America the wealthiest nation on Earth? Far be it for any of you to pat yourselves on the back! Put it in context and his comments are even more insulting.

Moving back to the “you didn’t build that” part, I cannot believe the Obama supporters can say it with a straight face when they try to tell us that Obama was referring to “roads and bridges” when he said “you didn’t build that.”

Seriously? Wasn’t this guy supposed to be like, the smartest president ever or something? Wasn’t he supposed to be the editor of the Harvard Law Review? Do you really think the former editor of the Harvard Law Review is going to refer to “bridges and roads” as “that?” If he was referring to “bridges and roads” he would have said “you didn’t build those.”

Magic Government Fairy

Barack Obama’s argument is that all the things which allowed successful people to prosper were created by the government, but has he ever stopped to consider who paid for these things? Those roads and bridges weren’t paid for by a magic government fairy waving it’s magical fairy wand – who the hell do you think paid for this unbelievable American system that we have?

(I’ll give you a hint – it wasn’t the 47% of America who don’t pay taxes.)

Those roads and bridges were created by the blood, sweat and tears of the people who built the businesses which paid the taxes which funded those projects. Every single dime that funded our infrastructure was either paid for by the businesses and business owners of America or from the taxes on the income from the jobs those business owners created.

A lot of people theorize that Obama’s problem is that back side of a paycheck is the only side he’s ever signed, but all my life, I’ve either worked for someone else or worked independently, so I’ve never employed anyone or signed the front of a paycheck either and yet I have no problem admitting who the wealth creators are in America.

Why is it so hard for Obama to admit that everything that’s great about America was either created by or paid for by the private sector and that it’s the people who sign the front of the paychecks who have had by far the greatest share in making America the wealthiest nation on Earth?

Obama’s comments about the business leaders of America are so offensive it would be like if I were to look at the millionaire professional athletes in America living their lifestyles of the rich and famous with their incomes up in the top of the 1% and respond bitterly by saying, “They didn’t earn that, they were born with those abilities, someone gave them those genes.”

How bitter and petty would I have to be to suggest there isn’t anything special about the tiny fraction of Americans who manage to make it as professional athletes? What kind of jerk would anyone have to be to look at these great athletes who were smart enough to avoid the all pitfalls along the way and who worked hard enough to earn their spot in the 1% and try to minimize their accomplishments by saying, “There are a lot of smart people out there, there are a whole bunch of hard-working people out there?”

What kind of asshole would try to deny the greatness of our professional athletes and the fact that they are indeed special? And yet it’s no more offensive than denying the greatness of the business people who sign the front of those athletes’ paychecks and who create the leagues and the stadiums and the arenas that made those athletes’ careers possible in the first place.

Sure, professional athletes were also blessed with God-given talent just the same as some successful business owners have had opportunities many of us never had, but there are almost as many rags to riches stories in the business world as there are in the world of pro sports.

How disappointing it is to see the same man who once spoke so endearingly of the UNITED States of America become a president who goes around the country downplaying the intelligence and work ethic of those people who built the businesses which made this country great.

Barack Obama sold himself as a uniter, but he is a divider the likes of which we’ve never seen. Even worse, these comments reveal the true Barack Obama, the Barack Obama who speaks lovingly in his memoirs of his mentor “Frank,” who turns out to be the card-carrying communist Frank Marshall Davis.

In Barack Obama’s world, all good things start with government. Listen, they already tried that. There’s a reason they had to build a wall and put up sniper towers to keep the people of East Germany from fleeing to the West. Why Barack Obama would try to drag us back over that wall to a world where everything begins with government is beyond me.

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8 Responses to Putting Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” Quote in Context

  • Beyond anyone….until you consider the mind of a megalomaniac.

  • Unbelievable and ironic that the smartest man in the world keeps on putting his foot in his mouth when he stops reading his teleprompter. Hopefully, americans will realize that when he does speak off the cuff like that he is showing his true collectivist, government-is-the-answer-to-everything self.

    • I still see a little boy abandoned by his father – looking for his father’s approval…
      Angry with that Grandmother who he’s blames for separating he and his father (even though that’s not what happened).

      Unfortunately – like the child of any bad father who obsesses over approval that shouldn’t matter – he’s never recovered. He’s grown up with an agenda – make his radical dad proud.

      • You could probably get a gig psychoanalyzing historical figures, that is so right on the money.

        Remember, it’s not “Dreams OF My Father,” it’s “Dreams FROM My Father.” Big difference.

  • getting a little weird here

  • WOW… Sweeping generalizations, baseless euphemisms, misguided analogies, flat-out name calling. It must be getting close to election day! LOL! Bayer Aspirin to stave off the heart problems, Mike. 🙂

    Perception is reality, so I can’t argue that you heard what you heard – I am certain that you did. But on the flip side of that coin, I DARE YOU to call me a “parrot” to my face for having heard (or perceived) the President’s speech to mean that individuals should absolutely take credit for their achievements, work ethic and intelligence, while also realizing that the collective effort belonging to all of us created an environment – in these United States – where such qualities could manifest as they do, and as we so carelessly take for granted.

    You’re a musician; I’m a musician/recording artist. I’m sure you have practiced and played passionately since you picked up a bass. You strike me as the type of person that doesn’t half ass attempt things. Now, this is presumptuous, but had the opportunity presented itself for you to become wealthy and famous as a bass player, I would bet you might have at least given it a shot for a moment. That being said, you – better than some – are not depressed or loathsome of others because that opportunity didn’t come, but that doesn’t change the fact that for a lot of people that opportunity doesn’t come.

    And to your basketball example, there are at least 10 NBA stars right now that if you looked at film of them in high-school you wold see me shutting them down. But I’m not in the NBA, and having spent my entire life around the game of basketball I know that it’s not just the fact that I didn’t get to 6’8″ that kept me out of pro ball. Had I made it to 6’8″ it would have increased my chances and you better believe I’d be grateful someone “gave me those genes” because that’s what being alive is. But to play for my dad, I played for a nationally ranked high school team as a junior and with future European pros as a senior – I never averaged more than 10 pts/game, while no less than 5 coaches in my city told me to come play for them and take enough shots to average 30 per game. At that time that isn’t what I valued. I worked just as hard (if not harder) and often played just as good (if not better) than guys that went on to make it in the league who got a shot because they were the main option on mediocre teams. I’ve seen countless other guys who missed their shot – not because they didn’t work hard – but because they had a sick parent that they had to support at 15/16 years old. Sure, a lot of guys deserve credit for avoiding the pitfalls, but the majority of those guys have far stronger home environments and support systems than the guys who fall through the cracks.

    Therein lies the POTUS’ point (at least in my opinion). Smart, hardworking people are the norm – not the exception. However, high levels of success – opportunities to create real wealth are not the norm – they’re the exception. It’s not incredibly different to trace the factors that separate wealthy smart people from smart people, and more times than not, it isn’t work ethic. I’m one of these people in more ways than one, and still I’ve increased my income by 300% in less than 2 and a half years. In spite of this, the path that I travel was one beset with obstacles before I ever made a single financial decision. Though I’m close to a six figure salary, with no credit card debt whatsoever, I know people asymptotically close to the poverty line who have better credit scores than me. Because of this I’m limited in what I can accomplish both personally and professionally. I won’t give up, I won’t quit, but my point is there are people making less than what I make that will have greater opportunities faster than I will and not because they are any smarter or work any harder than me. When I get to where my ambitions will take me, it will be that much sweeter, for I will have worked that much harder, but no matter how hard I have to work – and no matter how much harder than everyone else that I have to work – I will always be thankful for the TON of help I had along the way. I’m already “building that” and when “that” is finished, I’ll be the first to tell you that just “I” didn’t build that .

    • I give you a +1 because you’re the farthest thing from a parrot, my parroting comment is based on what I see in the vast majority of Obama supporters who do nothing more than recite the White House talking points. Your whole, “I DARE YOU to say it to my face” thing is a little over the top, though.

      The difference between how I view Obama’s words and how you view his words are that I am taking him LITERALLY at his words, you’re trying to recast them in a friendly light.

      The difference between how I view Obama’s words and how you view his words is I take him at the totality of his words. Another perfect example of how it’s plain for anyone but the blindest of followers to see that the Marxist seed that his father planted and the Marxist sapling that Frank Marshall Davis nurtured is very much the grown Marxist who ascended to the presidency:

      “There is nothing more important than a government job.”

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/05/12/obama_there_is_nothing_more_important_than_a_government_job.html

      No one loves a good teacher, policeman or firefighter more than I do, some of the greatest Americans in the land, but do you know whose jobs are more important than theirs? THE PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS THAT ACTUALLY PAY THE TAXES THAT PAY THE SALARIES OF THOSE GOVERNMENT JOBS.

      Another example is Obama saying the private sector is “doing just fine” – him saying that is just so convoluted it’s as if he really doesn’t understand the fact that government jobs are being cut because anemic private sector growth isn’t bringing in enough tax revenue to fund the bloated payrolls and pensions of government workers. He has it all backwards. Again, the man obviously thinks all good things begin with government and has no idea that it’s a robust private sector that funds all of the things government that does.

      You want to kill the woeful recovery, go ahead and stick it to the private sector job creators who Obama would have people believe “aren’t paying their fare share” and see how much more sticking it to the private sector forces the local, state and federal governments to slash their payrolls.

      The man has it completely backwards, EVERY BIT OF WEALTH IN AMERICA IS CREATED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR and it is from there that all good things spring forth.

      Looking at Obama in his exact words in saying, “I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hard-working people out there.” for anyone to claim that that doesn’t show his complete and total disdain for the successful people of America is just too far gone to reason with.

      And Damion, when you achieve your dreams and become dirty, rotten, filthy, stinking rich, I will applaud you and tell you that you did it on your own because your tax bracket will ensure that by a dozen times over, you paid far more than your fair share for every teacher, every emergence service and every road and bridge that helped you get there.

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