“I Built This, Mr. President”

President Obama recently said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Small business owners all over America took offense at this incorrect view that government (instead of elbow grease, intelligence, and good-old-fashioned risk taking) is the bedrock of our economy.

Since the President doesn’t understand how our economy works, let’s take a moment to explain how small businesses are created…  More importantly, let’s show him the businesses we’ve made and who has made them.  Please send me your photos — either e-mail me (via BristolsBlog @ gmail.com, without the space!) or tweet me at this blog’s brand new Twitter account (@BristolsBlog) using the hashtag #IBuiltThis.

Be creative! The photo can be of you working or of your small business.  Make it fun, by putting yourself in the photo holding up a sign that tells the President “I Built This!”

Don’t forget to tell me your name, location, and business website!!

Let’s give the President a little lesson on how this country works.  And let’s hurry, because he only has a few months left on the job!

And if there are small business owners in your family, tell us what your mom, dad, or grandparents have created.  I’ll go ahead and start.  My dad has one of the best spots to catch salmon in Bristol Bay. This tough, seasonal job put food on the table when I was a kid, and I’m thankful Dad built up his business through hard work and many cold nights.

There’s my photo –  send me yours!

Thank you for all the photos! See the “I Built This: The Video!”

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  • politicsisdirty

    Good job Bristol. Wish you all the luck and God Bless.

    • Ginger

      Bristol….great work…this is the kind of thing Romney needs for his campaign..God bless you and you family..wish we were in a different mind set in America..your Mom is the kind of person we need for President or at least in a conservative administration.

    • Lizzie

      It has now been proven that Romney’s campaign DELIBERATELY manipulated the President’s speech, slicing it up to say exactly what Romney wanted. That’s called a LIE. And Romney’s the biggest liar the presidential campaign has seen since Nixon re-ran.

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  • jl

    I built my computer repair business…i’m the one that drove 100 miles each week hanging up fliers (that i designed and printed myself) in Krogers, Cubs, various markets and advertised my business. It took 3 years to get enough customers where i could feel like i was contributing to the household. I’m the one who knocked on doors and introduced myself to prospective clients. NO ONE ELSE helped me with this, i did all of it on my own for the last 9 years. And the entire time i never ONCE went on government assistance, i did it MYSELF.
    Thanks for the slap in the face from a President who just doesn’t get it.

    • Mark

      You drove 100 miles each day on roads that you yourself built and maintain? And you repair conputers using skills like reading and math that you taught yourself with no government help? And when a customer refused to pay, you sued him in a court system that you yourself set up and run? And your business is protected by a one-man police force and fire department that is wholly-owned and -operated by just you? Amazing! You really did do it with no help from anyone else, especially the government! Congrats!

  • Richard Sandgren

    The question is that if the people who own small businesses did not build them and the only reason they have them is because the government gave them to them then why doesn’t everyone have one? Where these business owners the only ones in line the day the government was handing them out? If these business owners are not smart or hard working people Mr. Obama how exactly did they get these businesses and why are there so many people that don’t own one? You have increased the welfare roles faster than any president in the countries history. Why aren’t those people starting there own bussinesses (other than street pharmaceuticals) with all the help they are getting?

  • tillurdizzy

    Independent hard working people are what Obama and the Democrats fear most. We don’t need them, and they know it. Obama is no Slick Willie, and he is not good at hiding his true agenda. He blurts out his Marxist ideology when off teleprompter. In some ways, maybe it was good we had him in office to wake up a bunch of people to what the Democrats have been working toward for the last 50 years. Now that we’re awake, lets get that socialist out of office!

  • http://www.trinitysciencesolutions.com Laurie Henry

    I started my own business! I’m a science teacher and developed two science programs and I set up either my Big Canyon Balloon or Orbit Earth Expo programs in school gyms and teach either earth science or space science. My canyon program uses a huge inflatable canyon model (40ft long and 15 tall) which I received a patent on. My space program uses a 16 ft inflated globe and moon to scale! Both programs have been wildly successful as I take them all around Texas. Take a look at my site. It’s very unique and hands on learning. One thing I have noticed at every school, no one from the government was there building my business. I’ve built it myself!

  • http://Cherishedblessings.etsy.com Momofthreeboys

    I am a stay at home mom of three boys and started a small business while at home. It has taken off and I built it with the help of God. I praise Him!

  • CT

    Roads. Freeways. These are the thing none of you built, to which the president was referring in his speech. You can’t possibly be so dense as to think he would say you didn’t build a business that you obviously did indeed build. The man was referring to INFRASTRUCTURE. You did not dirctly build the infrastructure that allows your businesses to be successful. Taxpayer money given to city, state, and te federal governmt built roads, and freeways, and the Internet. Come on people, drop the rhetoric and lets pull together.

  • ikahana

    Dear Bristol’s Ghost Writer – The President never said that and two seconds of research would prove that. Like it or not, no man or woman is an island. We depend on one another, just as the real Bristol (and not the person who writes this blog) depends on cameramen and reality TV shows and her Mama to cash in on being an uneducated teenage Mom. Judging on the parenting skills broadcast across the country (by the way, very impressed that the gigglefest over your son’s use of the word “faggot” continues that fine family tradition) your time would be better spent taking some parenting classes before there is yet another generation of media attention seeking, ignorant and crude Palins embarrassing our country.