“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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  • 007SAYWHAT

    Pres O’s solution is to build our economy from the middle out or even from the bottom up. WHAT???!!!

    What poor person ever gave you a permanent job? What was your starting wage? Who out there really believes unions and the like should be able to take over control from the risk takers and investors. That’s basically what happened with GM with a price tag of 50 Billion. That’s about $1500 per man, woman and each child in your family. Who came out, The union. Business and investors were thrown under the Obama bus They have paid a small portion back but will never satisfy the full debt. Oh, Remember CASH FOR CLUNKERS? That’s where they took the cars, drained the oil, poured chemicals in the engine, then ran the engine to totally destroy it. Then they crushed the car. Overkill anyone. Who thinks this stuff up, and you can convince me that these people are capable of getting our economy going???!!! Why didn’t the EPA jump in and have an investigation for car abuse.

    Let’s talk about race issues and the white house. You have the DOJ totally out of control. You have a Pres that mandates immigration laws to be disregarded, because he feels it is the right thing to do.
    He has spent more time defending professor Gates interfering with police work, and his wanna be son Travon than he has spent on meeting with his get America to work idiots. Have you seen the recent pictures of Travon.

    Friends tell me that he is inept but they fear Romney might take benefits away. I won’t take an issue on that cause I don’t like to predict the future without references from the past. This I do predict. another 4 years of this divide and conquer, fantasy ideology, picking winners and losers and just flat out lack of judgement will make us at best, just another second rate nation. We require someone who can bring and manage workable solution to this economy that Obama is content to leave us in. He has to think it gives him job protection to have to rely on him while appearing to be the savior to the down and out. It’s simple, HOW MUCH WORSE WERE YOU THAN 4 YEARS AGO. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK HE CAN GET JOBS GOING IN AFTER 4 YEARS OF THIS!!

    My last thought, If you owned a company that was worth a million and it was in distress, YOU HAD A CHANCE OF LOSING IT ALL, who would you hire to bring it back. Obama or Romney. There is a reasonable chance the fortunes and property you currently possess are on the line. Instead of thinking what a qualified manager will take think in terms what he will save. While Obama gives chump change to the needy they are losing their home. Mr. Romney, please fix this economy so I can work and keep my house.

  • Kimberly Geraci

    I support Bristol!! this is a country of free speech isn’t it?? That’s if Obama don’t take that from us next!

  • http://fee.org Randall Hayden

    Additionally, an important factor in operating a successful business is creativity — in developing & marketing a product or service, often in a new &/or improved way to be competitive & offer value to the customer. All of which Barry & most leftists have no concept of.

    Obuma overlooks the fact that roads, bridges & public schools (local & state responsibilities, <5% federal budget), are available to all. And, there is no major voice arguing against those nor calling for anarchy.

    Instead of all gov spending being ~40% of GDP, a more limited gov at 20-30% of GDP would lead to more prosperity. Limits include less regulating & bureaucracy, which should not exclude human safety (ie active danger) & honesty (ie no fraud nor slander), whereas now there are so many other reasons for regs, including the preservation of many non-human organisms.

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  • MiddleRoader

    Thanks, Bristol, for illustrating Obama’s point! The federal government subsides large portions of the fishing industy; many commercial fishing operations are exempt from taxes (kind of like welfare, no?). Just last month Alaskan gov Parnell asked US Dept of Commerce to declare a Chinook salmon fishery disater in 2 areas, which, if approved, could result in federal assistance. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to build fishing businesses when they have a federal safety net for poor harvests. I have no idea whether Todd Palin benefitted directly from any federal program or partnership. However, I suspect he did benefit indirectly, from government regulations on overfishing, pollution, etc. and infrastructure paid for by taxes and government. If he travelled by plane, even private plane, between Bristol Bay and Wasilla or wherever, he probalby filed a flight plan with the FAA, and benefitted from their air traffic control systems. This is a good thing! This is part of what makes America exceptional!

  • x1134x

    Um, if you built it all, why does the engine to your boat say “YAMAHA”, I’m guessing you had HELP from the japanese. Without their help you’d be paddling your way out there.

  • http://www.BeyondTheAwning.com Trish Anderson

    Kudo’s on your post!! I’m not trying to emphasize that the govt. hasn’t done things to help American citizens thrive using our tax dollars to build infrastructures or provide some services. What I’d like to convey is that the govt. couldn’t have done those things without the help from hard working individuals who contribute those tax dollars and entrusted the govt. to disperse it appropriately. It’s a two-way street as he pointed out; however, my point is…”we the people” made that decision to allow the govt. to do so. Otherwise, if we had not entrusted the govt. with our monies, as an intellectual society, we would’ve founded and maintained private industry to build infrastructure and services. Regarding his statement, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” Plus tossing in the whole govt./internet hoopla jargon. I’ve pondered his speech for the last half hour or so and there’s just something dirty about it. Almost like insulting the American citizens’ intelligence, by saying, back-off and let the govt. do their job. Personally, I’m ill stricken at the way our govt. is managing our hard earned tax dollars with their frivolous spending. Privatize more industry, less govt.!

  • http://FinancialBin.com David

    Bristol, thanks again for this blog and getting the message out. We need more people out there to share their stories. It’s a sad time when half of America doesn’t understand the concept of who really is behind the success of a business.

    On that note, my company Financial Bin came out with a book that highlights 28 entrepreneurs who built their own companies. It’s called ‘Entrepreneur Intervention’ — which is something America needs right now. Check it out — http://financialbin.com/buy-entrepreneur-intervention/

  • Robbie

    Bo Palin’s !!! Ya Common sense !