“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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  • Truth

    Bristol, You probably shouldn’t post the names and addresses of the owners of the pics because some of the people that follow Obama are thugs and not very nice. You of all people should know this!

  • GERRI YANCHAK

    OBAMA——————————-ITS TIME FOR YOU TO GO “TRY” AND BUILD YOURSELF A NEW PLACE……………………….

  • Kim Morsett

    We DID build our business on our own. We are succeeding thanks to our customers and our clients. But we work our business 24/7. We DO NOT take vacations. We work every holiday. My husband misses a lot of the boys games and programs. We can’t shut off our phones or decide we aren’t working today. Can’t happen or we won’t have a business. There are times we end up doing something for free just to make it work for one of our drivers. We did not ask for loans to start our business. We have not relied on the Gov’t to “help” us. In fact we do more than our share in paying the taxes we do just so we can have the privilege of working 24/7, so my tax $$ can support those on welfare too lazy to go get a job and where big corporations get kick backs… our little business-NOT! Mr. Obama you need a reality check and get to know the people you are spouting off about before you make statements like these!
    and Mr. Obama………..Farmers ARE small business owners too! Do you mean to tell me they aren’t building their businesses on their own? I don’t see hoards of people or those taking welfare out in the fields from sun up to sun down working growing crops raising cattle to keep YOU and this nation fed do I? Only our friends and families and their kids and those they hire to help them, but mostly the farmer/land owner himself and his family!

    Also we are in the transportation industry and we are the MOST taxed businesses in this country! We pay our taxes we don’t ask for handouts and it is US Small Businesses supporting your growing Welfare counts!
    Sincerly Small Business Owners

    • Emma Lora

      I’m impressed at the hard work and wish you all well and much prosperity.

  • http://BRISTOLSBLOG GERRI YANCHAK

    OBAMA———ITS TIME FOR YOU TO GO “SOMEWHERE” AND SIT ON A BEACH AND RETIRE, READ A BOOD……………..DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN POLITICS!!!

    • Piscean Gal

      “READ A BOOD” LMAO… OH THE IRONY! “LEARN TO SPELL”

  • Ginger

    Taken out of context my hind end! Even in context his statement gets even worse. If it was “roads and bridges” that “allowed” businesses to become successful explain this… there are roads and bridges in totalitarian countries, and the businesses on those roads are pitiful at best. Why then are they not successful?

    • BlueVA

      LOL! Maybe because they’re in totalitarian countries? Look up the definition of “totalitarian,” and then I’ll bet you can answer your own question.

  • dan

    He didn’t say that..his words were cherry picked to make it seem like he was implying what your stating. And im sure you and your mom know this but continue to spread a lie. Anyone who googles this quote will know what was said. I thought you were christian?

    • Becca

      Sorry Dan. Those were his words. You can find the transcript anywhere. I’ve read them in their entire context and I think he means exactly what he said. You can find the full transcript of the speech on ABC, and I recommend you do. In fact, try to find a video of the speech, because the tone in his voice….the disdain…in the paragraph two before the one from which this quote was extracted, I found even more disturbing. In that one he mocked people who felt they were successful because they were smart or worked hard, saying there were plenty of people who were smart and hardworking. How can you say that’s not belittling hardworking business owners? I’m smart and I work hard too, but I would never take away from another’s success just because mine is still in the works.

    • MELISSA

      I HEARD WHAT HE SAID AND HE SAID IF YOU START A BUISENESS YOU DID NOT BUILD THAT. SAYING IT WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT IS OBAMA SPEAK FOR :OH SHIT THAT DID NOT GO OVER WELL”!!

    • Rafael

      Dan obviously you can’t read and nor hear. Obama said exactly what he said. And what does being Christian has to do with anything here? MSNBC is not in this website sir I think you clicked on the wrong one.

    • Gina Hohensee

      Did you see the speech? Those were his words and not taken out of context. Yes, EVERY business needs consumers, but to start and maintain a business is not going to happen by anyone but the owner of that business. Period & point blank….No exceptions!

    • Bob

      He disrespects everyone who invests in their bushiness, takes out loans (2nd Mortgages), goes without vacations, or goes years without paychecks to reinvest (2 years for my company). Small businesses succeed in spite of Government. Many FAIL Because of Government (taxation and over regulation). Taxes and compliance costs are passed along to the consumer and routinely cost a business sales, or the business tries to operate on a margin that is unsustainable. The United States Government has turned from Guard Dog meant to be taking a small portion of GDP to provide for Common Defense and General Welfare and has become a Behemoth that will Destroy the very System that has fueled and paid for it’s growth.

  • Mossy

    Well said Reny Raven. Obama, and most politicians, have it backwards. The Government is nothing without the people. The funds for those roads, bridges, and college educations were provided by the broken backs of the people they’re taxing to death.

  • http://www.einfal.com Raphael Gluck

    If the Iranians do go nuclear, Obama can always just say to them, “You didn’t build that.”
    Credit ‏@NoahPollak

  • John

    The entire Democratic constituency has no clue, especially E Warren from Ma.

    Keep on the hunt but remember they are the definition of insanity so showing them might be a moot point.

  • Jennifer Baker

    My mother had her own print, copy shop when I was in high school. My step-father had his own masonry company. My father started his own insurance and financial planning business. If I remember correctly, they all did it without government assistance or handouts! We struggled financially but we made it!


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