Did I Take the President’s Words Out of Context?

Did I Take the President’s Words Out of Context? July 20, 2012

Earlier this week, I took offense when President Obama said,

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

So, I asked small business owners to send in photos of what they built with their intelligence and elbow grease… without any help from the government.  You guys responded with amazing photos, which were made into this awesome video.

Some of the comments suggested I’d taken his words out of context.  Here’s a helpful video of Charles Krauthammer explaining why this isn’t so:


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  • I definitely do not think his words were taken out of context. If he had said “You built that with the help of others”, it would have made more sense. Instead, he not only said “You didn’t build that”, but he implied brains and hardwork don’t matter in success unless you have help from the government. I wrote on it in my own blog, linked below.


  • robhart

    No, you did not take him out of context. One hears things but can’t understand. Others listen closely and know in their hearts what has been said. Spirit led gives to those who follow an abilty of inner depth of understanding. Stand strong, Bristol. Stand with a “steel spine.”

  • Angie Wilson

    Hey Bristol,
    I got a couple links posted on my fb wall in response to posting your (awesome) video. The links were meant to point out that that comment (“you didn’t do that”) was taken out of context. Here was my response: ”
    I appreciate the context of his comment…but I still find it appalling. He didn’t need to add that comment. It was unnecessary and poorly thought out. It’s the presidents duty to be considerate of his audience and be above reproach. Giving a speach that includes a statement that can offends hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans is careless.”

    So as always, I totally love your boldness and your brains. You are awesome girlfriend!

  • Terry King

    Of course it is out of context and Charles is BSing everyone because he talks to true believers. Even Bristol knows truth from political venom. Even Mitt Romney said almost the same as Obama verbatum. So ride the lie into the sunset live among the lame.

  • zebramzee

    “Government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, ‘See, if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.’ “- Harry Browne

  • Gary Ernsthausen

    BO just wants the generations of welfare receiptiants to feel good that they have built a way to live at the cost of many others. At the rate of his spending we will not always be able to fund the socialist programs. BO don’t like people tearing down his speeches when he is after more votes. It is just too bad BO was ever elected and we had to put up with him this long.

    • Gwen

      BO just wants the generations of welfare receiptiants to feel good that they have built a way to live at the cost of many others. <<<

      This is the kind of garbage that damages any argument you may have. It's also quite obvious where you get the misinformation that forms your world view. There is no such thing as "generational welfare recipients." There hasn't been since 1996–the Welfare Reform Act. The maximum amount of time one can receive welfare is 5 years, in their lifetime. Period. After 5 years, that's it. And, when one does receive cash assistance, they either have to attend school or work a certain number of hours per week. And, to receive cash assistance, one has to have at least one minor child in the home. Meaning, there aren't droves of low life childless bums out there sucking up cash assistance. That's why it's called TANF (temporary assistance to needy families). Most people who receive welfare actually work, they just don't make enough to survive–but hey, we don't need a minimum wage, do we? Ask your tea party candidates. Most of them don't believe a minimum wage is necessary.

      Childless adults can receive food stamps but it's a paltry sum when they do. Can you eat on $15-30 bucks a month? That's usually what a single person with no dependents can receive. And it doesn't just drop out of the sky. One has to jump through a lot of hoops and prove they're dead broke with no income to receive that ridiculous amount.

      And yes, more people are receiving food stamps than they have in years, but the rise in recipients started under the Bush administration when we started losing a half a million jobs a month. But yeah, no one likes to acknowledge that little fact.

      They will just haul their misinformed hineys to the polls in November and vote for a man who will implement the exact same things that put us in this position in the first place. Yeah, let's give more tax cuts to the likes of Mitt Romney. Those job creators have enjoyed the lowest tax rates since the 1950's. Where are the jobs? No, really. Where are they?

      BTW, did you know one of the biggest "safety net" expenditures is the earned income tax credit? How many people on this board take that on their returns every year?

      • Ba

        Well put.

  • Joseppi

    If you have to question yourself about it, then you know you did.

  • bellagrazi

    Of course not! That’s what Obama’s supporters always say when there is a backlash to the nonsensical things Obama always says. Which means you hit a nerve, Bristol. Keep it up!

  • chris

    Did you listen to or read the entire speech? You may have (conveniently) missed the part where he said,”… The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”
    When you knowingly skew things like this, you hurt everyone. Republican or Democrat, you dont do either side any favors. It’s petty and irresponsible.

    • Jeanne Swaney

      Chris, we are not skewing the POTUS’s exact words! We are repeating his EXACT WORDS! You can spin things anyway you want to, but we absolutely know and understand his underlying message… that you need the GOVERNMENT to do anything in this country and that the GOVERNMENT is in control and in charge of everything you do. He would like to be the one to decide how much he can take from responsible, hard working Americans and spread the wealth. He and his ilk in Washington want to call the shots about how much one can have in this country. And he wants everyone to answer to, and depend on, Washington – the elite central planners who know all and control all. That is not the kind of American I want, nor do I want that for my kids. HE NEEDS TO GO!

  • jane marian

    Bristol, Forgive me for wondering if you even know what “context” means…

    • conservativemama

      Really? You came here to leave your “oh so eloquent” insult? How unique! How daring! Speaking truth to power because you know, piling on the Palin family, their children included hasn’t been done yet.

    • Agkcrbs

      Couldn’t argue with Krauthammer, so you turned your insult on somebody else. Jane, I doubt your mother raised you to be so small-minded.

    • Allison

      All of the Katie!

    • Elizabeth DeFranco

      Jane: Your “brilliant analysis” (sarcasm off) was only matched by your eloquence, wit &
      charm as you posed your rhetorical question. Well done & thanks so much for displaying
      the reflexive response system of the left, when they have nothing of substance to add, they
      demean, denigrate, ridicule, attack, etc. ad nauseum. If your arguments are so persuasive
      & your logic so irrefutable in regard to your leftist ideology, then why not state your case
      & let your reasoning stand on its own merits? Hmm? Just a thought for future reference.

  • Mark Miller

    My read on what Obama said is, “It’s complicated.” It seems to me he was trying to say a lot in as few words as possible, not belaboring points, but he had a bit of trouble being coherent. The thing is, the comebacks are getting hung up on what’s quoted, “You didn’t build that.” If people don’t think he’s talking about businesses there, you can go to where he says, “I’m always struck by people who think they got where they are because they’re so smart.” That’s unmistakable. You can’t reinterpret that to him talking about infrastructure. He was trying to say successful people “got a lot of help” from others. Obama supporters can hang their hat on that, but even the logic of it doesn’t hold up. If it’s true that our excellent infrastructure created a large part of the success that lasting businesses have enjoyed, how do we explain the fact that most business start-ups fail? Does that mean our infrastructure actually sucks and we need to do better? No, hardly. What it really means is there is something special about successful business. It’s not something that just anybody with no business experience can create. Entrepreneurs will tell you that their success actually came from a lot of past failures. Sure, good infrastructure helps a lot. It’s necessary for modern society to function, but everyone enjoys that, not just businesses. It does not lead to business success. In fact, if we really look at how things work, good infrastructure is due to business success. It’s the opposite of what Obama said. The wealth that’s generated by businesses funds the infrastructure that our government is able to build. So it’d be more accurate to say to governments, “That good infrastructure we have wasn’t funded by you (government). It was funded by a lot of businesses who were successful because of the culture of the community, and thereby its government, that supports free enterprise and the rule of law. We ought to thank those risk-takers who helped us create our great infrastructure.” Further, one could add, “And we should ask ourselves why those risk-takers are leaving our shores for greener pastures.”

    I was kind of struck by Krauthammer’s point that the government did not build the internet. Maybe he was being technically strict in his use of the word “built.” I’ve done some research on the history of this, and I think he was part right. It really was a public-private partnership. It was the government’s idea to build it, and it provided leadership, creating the guiding principles for its use. The government put up the money to fund it, and helped design the internet, but private enterprises, non-profit and for-profit, had a role in designing parts of it. Private enterprises also designed and deployed the physical infrastructure that was used to build it. So when Krauthammer says the government didn’t build it, he’s technically correct, but he leaves out a lot, kind of falling into what Obama was complaining about, though it’s not a matter of ignoring how the government “helped” in this case. He ignored the government’s role in leadership and funding.

    • Mark Sherman

      Mark, I read you comment, down to the last line. I have a number of business builders in my family. NONE of them sought government funding. And of course, government can’t lead “lead” you into business unless you have personal drive or vision. Let the government show some leadership and let it get people back to work, off of welfare (as if that would be an Obama goal), and off of food stamps. Government, especially the current Senate and White House know only one strategy, that that is tax and spend. I don’t think I would refer to “government” as an entity that can truly lead. Fund…..yea…..taking taxes out of my pocket to fund failed green energy jobs like Solindra. Real leadership.

    • Elizabeth DeFranco

      Mark Miller: With all due respect, Charles Krauthammer was attempting to be entirely
      factual in regard to the internet origins. The Dept of Defense actually got the patent
      for that, as it WAS created by the Army & apparently they decided that this wonder-
      ful new system was too good not to be shared with everyone & so the world wide web
      was born. Actually, IMHO, I believe the only 2 instances in which govt is competent
      & effective is our Armed Forces & writing tickets for parking/speeding infractions.

      • Mark Miller

        I haven’t been aware of a patent for the internet. It was at first regulated to only be used for non-commercial activity. Businesses could use it, but only for correspondence. It was used extensively by scientists. It was deregulated in the early 1990s.

        The Dept. of Defense, and later the National Science Foundation provided funding and leadership for the creation of the internet in its formative years, from 1969 (beginning as the Arpanet) through the 1980s.

        The version of the web technology that we have come to know was largely created via government funding in the late 1980s. In fact it was a by-product of one of Al Gore’s bills, which funded supercomputer research. The first publicly available web browser, Mosaic, was created at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), using money from Gore’s bill. This became the prototype for Netscape’s browser (the same person, Marc Andreeson, created both), which popularized the web.

        To answer Mark Sherman’s point, I wasn’t trying to say that the government should lead us to economic recovery. I think there’s enough evidence to show it can’t do that. What it can do is fund science and engineering research, which the private economy can use to come up with some new ideas for products. It’s had a history of doing a fairly good job at that. For example, the technique of fracking that’s being used to create a revolution in natural gas exploration was developed from a government program that was begun under the Ford and Carter administrations. It developed the technique, but it’s not doing the exploration. Private companies are doing that, as they should.

  • David Dempsey

    Every American – whether they built a business or not – should be offended by Obama making a statement like that. That statement is just more proof that Obama does not have a clue about how America was built or about how jobs are created in this Country.

  • Larry Desch

    If you’ve got a successful attack on innocent people at a movie theater, you didn’t do that. Somebody else made that happen. Consider the roads, the Internet and whatnot. It’s time for felons to give their fair share. Lots of others who helped along the way also want free housing, food and medical care. Why not donate four years from your sentence to Obama, it’s the only way he’s going to get them.

  • Haley Y.

    Bristol, you are such a great role model to young women and girls, no matter what political preference one has. I think you are such a wonderful woman to look up to as you stand strong for what you believe in, and your selflessness is honorable. As an 18 year old girl, I look up to you in many ways. Thank you for putting yourself out there, with your tv show and your blog, and not being afraid to be yourself! -Haley Y., Santa Barbara, California

    • Jellybean

      Wow Haley, this post is so sad. Selflessness, really?

    • heavencent


  • Whatwhywhenwherewho

    No man is an island. Please go and set up you business in Somalia where there is no government infrastructure, there is no steady stream of monied customers, where any man is free to take and destroy your work at the point of a gun. Wake up.

    • Elizabeth DeFranco

      wwwww: First of all, not to point out the obvious, which others have
      already stated, but our infrastructure was allowed to develop in part
      because of the Founding precepts, principles & tenets on which our
      nation was premised. It is due to the Constitution that our nation
      became the most prosperous & successful on the face of the earth.
      Secondly, the govt is not a creative entity, rather it consumes tax
      revenue in order to provide those services that you made reference
      to. All successful businesses contribute a large portion of that tax
      revenue that benefits not only themselves, but all others who make
      use of the roads, bridges, traffic systems, postal service, garbage pick-
      up, police officers, firefighters, schools, etc. Somalia will remain an
      armpit of a nation, until the people decide they have had enough &
      rise up as our forefathers did & throw off their oppressive regime &
      form a govt that guarantees individual freedoms & liberties & laws
      that provide protection & stability for all.

    • AnyOldNameWillDo

      Whatwhywhenwherewho says:: No man is an island . . .
      Whatever. American citizens built this government and it acts like it is the island. They made a mistake with Obama that will soon be corrected.
      If a business can’t start from nothing then neither did you. Time to examine your falacy.

  • MotherBush

    Did I Take the President’s Words Out of Context? Yes

    Am i a good Mom? No

    Do these jeans make me look fat? Yes

    • Elizabeth DeFranco

      Mother Bush: Once again, the reflexive response system
      of the left. You had nothing substantive to contribute to
      the discussion at hand, so you took the path of least re-
      sistance (oh my, how courageous you are!) in attacking
      Bristol with your snide, sarcastic & derisive remarks!
      Why not disagree based on the merits of your position?
      Assuming, of course, that you actually can articulate
      those as eloquently as you can cast aspersions on others.

    • idesign

      I can see you turning green from my house..:)

    • Emma Lora

      Meow! Catty! Junior high bully mentality– m-bush.

      Hopefully the snarky, mean-spirited anti-Palin posts are from immature younger people who hopefullly will outgrow this envy and find something to accomplish in their own lives.

      If from older… gee… something has gone wrong!! Always room for maturity.

  • Georgia

    No Bristol, you did not take the president’s words out of context. He said what he said and now the new Leftist Progressive talking points are that everyone who condemns Obama’s words, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen”, are taking them out of context.

    Obama has shot himself in the foot and is badly wounded. The real Barack Hussein Obama, has finally exposed his true nature and plans for our country. Your article was outstanding and spot-on! Stand by it!

    • MotherBush

      No Georgie, Bristol Gun-Nut Palin did take the Presidents words out of context. Shouldn’t you be stuffing greasy Chic-fil-a sandwiches down your throat about now?

      • whodat

        Shouldn’t Mother Bush be MamaBama?

  • AnyOldNameWillDo

    Hi Bristol 🙂
    By the logic of liberals . . .
    If the goverment made your business happen . . .
    When it fails then it is also the goverments fault . . .
    President Obama is a tragedy. How many have suffered under his policies.

  • Gary Ernsthausen

    More people are picking up on making a video like the Peterson brothers did. It is part of having a business!

  • Marie

    No you did not misunderstand Obama’s words. He started by making fun of business owners with his “they think they’re so smart” comment and it all went downhill from there. It was a bad speech, period.

  • As painful as it is to listen to his sonorous tone and bizarre speech pattern, I listened to the part of his speech where he made that absurd “some one else made that happen” comment, several times. No, you heard him mocking America and American’s just like so many other outraged citizens.
    Bravo on your excellent video!! It is floating in awesomesauce.

  • Jose

    It’s very clear.

  • The president needs to explain how there can be a strip mall with several stores and then you’ll see an empty one. One that went out of business and now the store is for rent while other stores still thrive. The same roads lead to the strip mall , in fact everything all of the stores in the way of HELP from other people apply to ALL of the stores and yet some succeed and some do not. The difference MR> President is called HARD WORK. Something you know nothing about.

  • Joe Durnavich

    Well said, Rena. The problem facing any economy is getting people to step forth and be productive. Every one of these business owners spent many restless nights with knotted stomachs either working up the courage to risk everything on a new business or worrying about how they were going to keep the business going. It’s not easy, and the President should focus on motivating the country to make these types of efforts and take these kinds of risks.

  • Honey Badger

    Yes, you did take the comment out of context. Without the road it would not matter how clever a businessperson you are, you would not have a store in a strip mall. Seriously, people, are you really so dense?

    • Joe Durnavich

      And what paid for the road construction crew? The foundation of the economy, and of the government, is the work, production, and trade among the folks that make it up. If it were otherwise, the Continental Congress could have created an interstate–or intercolony–road system. But they couldn’t. They had no power to tax, that is, to take a cut of what others have produced.

    • Katie

      Who pays for the roads? The government isn’t a some higher authority that provides all the necessities in life. It is running because of American taxpayers who pay for roads to be built.

  • Whatwhywhenwherewho

    Talking of bad choice of words, lady, why is you child on television using the derogatory term F@***t at the tender age of three? He appears linguistically sharp for his age, I’ll give you that, but words without obvious context to a three year old have to be repeated regularly to stick. Why on earth would you allow it on to go to air? Sort yourself out.

    • GrizzlyMom

      Yes and why did Bristol and Willow laugh when they heard it?

  • Ava

    Wonder how the Palins would feel if Tripp turns out to be gay.

    • Jellybean

      No doubt it is a word used often within the palin households. We know aunty willow loves to use gay slurs.

  • Paul

    Obama doesn’t know what it takes to start and run a business, period. He has never created anything, other than a false aura about himself. He thinks the Government is the solution to every problem or challenge, when in fact it is often the root of the problem or the reason for the challenge. His ineptitude, as well as that of the people he surrounds himself with, has a lot to do with why the economy continues to flounder, why the debt and defecit spending continues grow at a record and unsustainable pace, and why our foreign policy is in a shambles. He has put us on the fast track to becoming a weaker, unsustainable, welfare state in which people are more incentivized to get on the Government dole than they are to become productive and successful citizens and entrepeneurs. Time for Americans to remove this administration from power and put someone in the White House who has some common and business sense.

  • conanobrian

    Hey, Bristol, Congratulations! You made the front page of the Huffington Post. We think that Tripp used a different F word, but it’s OK. He is so cute when he gets angry and swears.

  • janel

    once more… A village in Kenya is missing its idiot! He has no idea how to run a country but that is still obvious four years later… He will still probably blame Bush at election time lol.

    • Jellybean

      And a village in contard birther land usa still has their’s.

      • Hailey

        Jelly bean,
        Number 1, NO ONE can take you seriously with a name like that. I eat eat jelly beans.

        • GrizzlyMom

          But jelly beans are Ronald Reagans favorite. And Ronald Reagan is god right? So jelly beans should be like the greatest name EVER! And if you’ve read any of JellyBeans posts you would find her/him to be very astute and clever and generally loads of fun 🙂 I LOVE JELLYBEANS!

  • Jellybean

    Bristol, where did your son learn the word faggot? Had to be heard often for him to repeat it.

    • Really??

      “Had to be heard often for him to repeat it.”

      Ahhh…an absolute by a child expert. Very untrue in my experience as a mother, aunt, and grandmother.

      • Jeff

        You think he heard it once and knew how to use it in context? I seriously doubt it. Who uses that language in front of their child, anyway?

    • troy

      Hey this is a Christian girl. Bristol would not be teaching her 4 year old son to hate!!!! Or would she?

    • Jenni

      He didn’t use the word faggot! He said the f word as in F&*#.

    • NOBAMA2012

      Actually, if you have ever raised a child before, you would know that there are many different places children learn things from. There are neighbors, older sibblings, friends of sibblings, extended family, daycares, church groups, classmates, etc. Whether it’s a good or bad thing they learn, you can’t always blame the parents. On a different note, I am not sure what this post has to do with this anyways. Some people always have to find ways to put in their two cents. LOL WTG Jellybean!!

  • GrizzlyMom

    These words were also in that speech: “we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” Clearly the President acknowledged that SOME individuals succeed on their own and SOME because of help from others. He also DOESN’T say that government help is solely needed to succeed as many on here are suggesting.
    Here’s another quote from the President this year when Steve Jobs passed away : “By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.”

    • Kensfreedom

      The Steve Jobs, speech and his speech in this discussion are clear examples of how this president changes what he says to match what he thinks the particular audience he is speaking to wants to hear. Obama has done this time and again. Rather than staying on point he changes his message according to what he thinks people want to hear. Then is actions are opposite of his words.

  • Kaitie Smith

    I believe you’ve missed the point of Obama’s statement. He’s pointing out that no one becomes successful based solely on their own merit. And when he references gov’t officials (i.e. teachers, etc.), he’s correct. Would YOU be where you are today without teachers? We all play a part in each others lives and success, however indirectly. I’m disappointed that you fail to recognize that. I think it’s impossible to become successful without outside help-there will always be people beside us, helping us to achieve our dreams and our success.

  • Tim


    President Barack Obama may believe “you didn’t build that,” but 72 percent of Americans disagree, according to a newly-released poll by Rasmussen. According to the poll, 72% “believe small business owners [are] primarily responsible for success of their business,” while only 13% disagree.

    In addition:

    “77% believe that small business owners work harder than a typical worker. Just 2% think they don’t work as hard”
    “57% believe that entrepreneurs do more to create jobs and economic growth than big businesses or government programs”
    “61% believe that small businesses provide more valuable services to a community than big business or government”

    It is difficult to imagine an issue on which Barack Obama and the American people are more at odds than on the fundamental principles of our free economy, which prizes individual responsibility and success.


    • Timothy

      Oh. So each small business owner built and maintains the roads to and from their business? They individually maintain the sewers? They individuality taught every employee from K-12 and in some cases State University studies? They individuality built and maintain the US Post Office to deliver and receive business mailings? They individuality provide fire protection? They individually provide police protection? They individuality insure banks and other financial industries to protect their wealth? They individuality help their employees save for their retirement through Social Security? WOW! Small business does so much!

      • Joe Durnavich

        Timothy, the whole point of that part of the President’s speech was to shake down businesses for more money, right? Well, why does he want more money from them? How does one get from “Government built the roads” to “Give me more money”?

    • heavencent


  • Michael

    We all wonder, why do you have to twist the truth Bristol 🙁
    That could have been such a strong clip, showcasing how the GOP supports small businesses.
    Instead, despite your weak attempy of deflection, its message is drowned by everyone with half a brain knowing that it’s based on an untruth.

    Is that how you were raised? And do you really think people voting for your mother are that stupid?

  • Garfield Gordon

    Teachers are paid, silly, so I do not owe them anything per se, they do a job that they have aleeady been remunerated for. And the successful people that Obama mentioned paid their taxes and more, so the govt is there to serve them, not the other way round, they do not owe anyting to the government, This is a typically socialist view, that people owe theri existence and their success to the government, And hey, maybe you do, if you are among those who get money back from the ferderal government, or who don’t pay any federal taxes, like 50% of the population of this country, or if you take benefits from the government, without ever paying anything back in the form of taxes, or otherwise, then indeed you owe the govt. But this is not who he was talking about, he was talking precisely about he successful people who already paid more tann their fair share in taxes because they created successful businesses. That quote shows clearly that what he was trying to do was basically minimize their individual effort and creativity and hard work and ascribe it to an abstract entity called govt. amd this, in a nutshell is his philosophy, this is what thinks deep down but consciously hid from the public, that was just a Freudian slip, and I’m glad he dropped it. So, stop spinning, you know he is a socialist at heart, what I d on’t get is why trying so hard to hide it. If this is your philosophy, fair enough, get out there and defend it in front of the country and your opponent, have a cebate over the merits of big government (personally I think there is no merit to it), have the courage of your own convictions, go and try to convince the country that your socialist way is the right way…but no, he chooses, cowardly, to deliver low blows by demonizing business people and hard working people, pit the rich against the poor, subtly and subliminally foment class warfare, while at the same time pretending he raises above the fray just to get the votes from the independents ….well, no more, his cognitive dissonance played a trick on him, case in that point that infamous quote ‘if you have a business, you didn’t build that’..and we are glad it happened that way…

    • heavencent

      “aleeady,theri,ferderal,he successful,tann,cebate,amd,etc,etc,etc……. HOW’S THAT “HOME-SCHOOLING” WORKING OUT FOR YOU?

  • GrizzlyMom

    Mitt Romney’s opening speech at the 2002 Winter Olympics:

    “You Olympians, however, know 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 in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities.”

    • Joe Durnavich

      This would be a cogent point if the President’s intentions were simply to acknowledge our public workers. But instead we get: “There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.”

      Mitt Romney wasn’t chastising the Olympians for not paying their fair share. Obama is chastising businesses, though, purely as an excuse and a prelude to confiscating more money from them.

    • Lindsay

      Yes, Mitt is aknowledging the coaches, family and those others who’ve helped to push an athlete to the ultimate competition. However, you should note that the USA is one of the only countries in the world to send our Olympians to compete without ANY government help. I think you should draw the line in comparisons to Mitt & Obama support-debate right there. Obama is pushing the government on you and US athletes are showing that you DON’T need government’s help to be the best and be successful. Because our American Olympians are the eptiome of hard work and success that can be achieved without governmental intervention. Unless you want to count the roads that had to run on to get in shape….(sarcasm).

  • Betty Ledwith

    No you did not take Obama’s comments out of context. He is an evil guy and every one fell for his charm when they voted for him. I do not understand people and do not see why they voted for the guy. If any one decides to vote for him again, “please tell me one good thing he has done for the country.” Do not tell me ObamaCare for that is not good for any one. I hate to call a presient a ding bat, but in this case I am.

  • Diane

    The idea of autonomy denies that we are born into a world that existed prior to us. It posits an essential aloneness; an autonomous being is free in the sense that a being severed from all others is free. To regard oneself in this way is to betray the natural debts we owe to the world, and commit the moral error of ingratitude. For in fact we are basically dependent beings: one upon another and each on a world that is not of our making.
    Matthew Crawford

    • Joe Durnavich

      So what are you saying? Teachers, fire fighters, and constuction crews are pretty much all union labor. The unions are the ones that promised to secure fair and equitable contracts for them. They all agreed to the contracts and we paid the taxes to fund them. Why is there a problem now?

  • Jburgess

    You took it as I heard it

  • Jburgess

    And in response to kaitie smith I did not get where I am today bc of teacher help, teachers kept their jobs because they taught as they were paid to do. I am where I am today by helping myself, if you believe the success is due to the teachers ask the other students whom were in my home room and had all the same teachers. I’d be more than willing to give you an inmate number or two so you can see how they did not help themselves. Each determines their own success. (in no way do I not appreciate teachers, they know better than anyone that some kids try and some kids don’t yet all are capable )

  • This is the Antonio Salieri of the Occupy and Labor Movements … see the movie Amadeus to understand the Patron Saint of the Mediocre … http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=rwWW2DQS_DU&feature=col​ike

    • Matt Jacobs

      Interesting that you support a fictional claim with fiction. In reality, Antonio Salieri was far from mediocre. He was more popular than Mozart in his day, and an influential teacher, counting Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt among his students. His compositions fell into obscurity, while Mozart’s became more and more popular, but the man was far from mediocre.


  • Courtney

    You didn’t take it out of context. It’s the president once more shoving his foot down his throat.

  • Matt Jacobs

    It is dishonest, because it’s removing the context of what Obama was responding to. Obama was specifically responding to those who think it’s unfair for the wealthy to pay a larger share towards taxes than those who aren’t. The reality is, that those who’ve built businesses haven’t done so without relying on government infrastructure, at the minimum. To say that they built their business all on their own is not the whole story.

    He’s saying that smarts and hard work alone are not going to build a successful business. Without things like public education and all the infrastructure to move people and goods, they wouldn’t be able to build a successful business.

    And no, he’s not mocking hard work and intelligence, but only those who arrogantly belittle all the infrastructure and programs they relied on to build their business.

    • Joe Durnavich

      Matt, this has nothing to do with whether our public workers are appreciated or not. Here’s a bit of the speech: “And I understand why they wouldn’t want to pay more in taxes. Nobody likes to pay more in taxes.” Obama is grasping for a reason to not extend the current tax rates. He chose to make up this notion that businesses haven’t adequately appreciated roads and teachers.

      He is trying to turn the voters against the producers in this country. We should all be outraged that the President, of all people, is turning citizen against citizen.

    • wrenaroo

      Clarity. Amazing how all these good political Christians failed to give credit to God for their successes. NOBODY does it on their own! Businesses serve a public (without them, no business). Many of these businesses sell goods (somebody else manufactures or supplies parts for). There are employees that although may not be taking the financial risk of the owner, they are integral to the business being a success. This is the problem with our society as of late, too many people (and business owners, including corporate), thinking they solely are responsible for their successes. Instead of dissecting the President’s words, people should learn to say “thank you” to those who help us succeed.

  • Rita

    This is just inflammatory and out of context. Obama was making a point that “it takes a village” to do almost anything. For example, the people who work at McDonald’s are part of the equation for the success of the CEO. The individuals who built the roads that carried the truck that brough resources to your business are part of the equation. No man is an island. His exact words were “The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” Would you disagree?

    • Joe Durnavich

      We all agree that we do things together, but what’s the business about wanting to raise taxes on the more productive all about?

    • wrenaroo

      Well put. Thank you. And to Joe Durnavich: As a self-employed individual, the government takes almost half of what I make. I do not have tax shelter to hide behind, and no employees to burden with costs. Being productive is equal to golden parachutes, outrageous bonuses, and tax write offs. So, yes I do believe that those that make more should pay more. When your income goes beyond making ends meet like the non-existent middle class does now, then you can afford it. If you can afford a private jet, a yacht, or a second home abroad…you can afford your share of the taxes.