“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!

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  • dumdedumdum

    I agree with this blog post in that sixth paragraph where Bristol writes “Let’s give the President the job!” I’m voting for him too.

    • Don

      If you are voting for Obama, then you are a service to your “name”. Why would anyone vote for Obame to continue in a job that he has performed terribly! The typical Obama voter wants the government to support them and blames business for all their problems. They love unions, government regulations and control, and expect government to make the rich pay for their livlihoods. You deserve better and you will get it, like it or not, after November and Romney is elected and when our country is taken back by the people who care about it!

  • Alex

    How desperately, pathetically low we have sunk when any semblance of rudimentary intelligence is forbidden from entering public discourse. I am not a Democrat or Republican, but I have got to side with the left on this — perhaps the President, in the midst of a live speech, misphrased what he waas trying to say, and I think as a country that prides itself on being so great, we need to maybe exercise some “forgiveness” and admit we understand what he *meant* to say. Looking at the quote in context, he OBVIOUSLY was implying that business does not succeed in a vacuum — it thrives in a larger community that is intrinsically linked to public projects (such as roads, highways, bridges, ports, etc.).

    So I ask the right wing: please, for the love of all that is good and decent in the world, admit that yes, you are indeed smart enough to understand what the President was saying, and while the literal phrasing was subpar, you get the idea.

    As a side note, I suppose we can assume Mitt Romney loves Obamacare, since back in 2010 he said he was a fan of it? Oh wait, I’m sure there’s more “nuance” to that, right GOP?

    • Mary Ellen Smith

      Ya, like we have 57 states….The guy is inept…period ! He did say….”.YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT”. That is not what he meant???? O, another one of those MISPHRASES…………PHFFTTTT….

  • Blue

    Ref: GrizzlyMom says: July 20, 2012 at 10:24 am
    “I truly truly wish we could divide this land in half…let them live the way they want too and leave the rest of us alone. ”
    You have NO idea how many times I have heard that from my NON-Liberal friends!! We are happy to give up any one of four cities, (to start with—more later!), like that cancerous tumor Chicago, (only the folks living there believe it has any value to anyone outside the city). How about one of the others the Liberals have already ruined? NYC? LA? Detroit? Clearly you can see the fruits of the Liberals non-labor there!! LOL. Republicans are greedy and self-serving you say? I thought the people that stay home, (paid for by someone else), all day having babies for a living, using free cell phones to arrange their evening government food cook outs, were greedy, self-serving Democrats. I can’t wait to see what type of government they are going to collectively create! No one will want to work!! No Police, no Firemen, no military!! LOL You had better leave things well enough alone and just let the greedy, self-serving Republicans continue to support and protect all those Democrats! I do work! I want to keep my wages. Is that wrong? America does need to keep working though…. millions of Democrats on welfare are depending on us. Don’t forget about all of the illegal Democrats coming across our southern border every day as well. We greedy self-serving Republicans have to continue to support them as well.

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  • http://ardiejnelson.blogspot.com AJ

    Love it, Bristol. Keep up the good work. The liberal mindset is being exposed. Little logic to that way of thinking. You and those who are sending their pictures to you are showing what hard work has done. Those who claim the government or something has made all this possible are not thinking clearly. Where does the government get money to build roads and bridges? Answer: taxation. Who pays taxes? Answer: hard working people. Who really built the roads and bridges? Answer: hard working people who paid taxes to the government to hire other hard working people to build roads and bridges.

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  • Randy Park

    What Obama doesn’t get; is that it took a business to create the first job. That created the tax base to fund the government. That build the infrastructure that makes this country thrive. Business make the money, government takes the money. It’s that simple, and he’s that dumb.

  • Jeff Chesen

    For those of you who think President Obama was attacking American entrepreneurship, please explain how Obama’s speech (taken out of context) is any different than Mitt Romney’s Opening Ceremonies speech at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Yp9SVSWJU):

    “You Olympians, however, know that 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 and organized competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them.”

    Of course, this is not the totality of Romney’s speech. He was not attempting to take anything away from the athletes. It is clear if you consider the full context of the speech:

    “Tonight we cheer the Olympians, who only yesterday were children themselves. As we watch them over the next 16 days, they affirm that our aspirations, and those of our children and grandchildren, can become reality. We salute you, Olympians—both because you dreamed and because you paid the price to make your dreams real. You guys pushed yourself, drove yourselves, sacrificed, trained and competed time and again, winning and losing. You Olympians, however…”

    Romney’s comments, taken out of context, appear to deny credit for the athletes. Within context he recognizes many of the factors that helped create an Olympian.

    Think about that when you take President Obama’s comments out of context and claim that he harbors a faux hostility toward American small business.

    • http://www.sheboyganspirit.com/ Spirit

      Ah, Jeff, you lost credibility after the first 2 sentences. With all due respect, blow it out your you-know-what. There is just no way to take that comment out of context. It was a crystal clear as can be.

      Olympians are such a different ball game there’s just no comparison. They HAVE to be supported and backed by people with money because they have to devote their time to training and practice. Hello.

    • Piscean Gal

      THANK YOU, Jeff!!!

    • Deirdre

      Olympians must depend on their parents and family and everyone else at a very young age – bad comparison!

      • Julian

        UNLESS of course, they are aborted, so that the parents won’t be, as the Kenyan jackass says, ‘punished with a child’. The fact that any lib can even be so brain dead as to compare a person who trains for a sporting event, with someone who builds a business or a trade from the ground up and hands that on to future generations, shows just how detached from reality they are.

    • Shaw Shaw

      Let’s see Romney says “Let’s Cheer , the parents, coaches and communities that lifted them’

      Not sure where you get “government” out of that. Community is not government., neither is your family

      Obama full context in his speech is worse then the “you didnt’ build that” snippet. He claims the roads were built then businesses and customers arrived. When in fact, the people arrived with their need for economic activity, then businesses developed from their need, THEN taxes were appled to their economic activity, then the roads were built………from the benefit of the businesses existing.

    • Halle

      Thank you for the intelligent comment. Republicans apparently cannot win by attacking Democrats’ real ideas, so they take statements out of context and lie about the rest.

  • M Bachmann, humble Constitutional Authority

    Government does not earn or make money. WE THE PEOPLE earn and make the money.
    If you really believe the whole of those two sentences, then you don’t understand even the basics of monetary exchange.
    Go to a library, and read a macro econ textbook, or attend the bonehead econ course at a community college.
    Extra credit: take the bonehead business course, then come back to this blog and apologize for helping elect Cheney/Bush *twice*.

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