Dear Leader, speaking to a crowd in Roanoke VA on Friday 7/13:
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. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
As a newly self-employed business owner, I take exception to his audacious comments. The only type of person who thinks as he thinks is the kind who doesn’t take responsibility for his failures. But such thinking does not surprise me.
And it cuts both ways, Dear Leader, sir…
If you’ve got two autobiographies – you didn’t write those. Somebody else made those happen.
If you’ve got a health-care law – you didn’t do that. Somebody else made that happen.
If you’ve got a Nobel Peace Prize – you didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.
If you’ve “created” millions of jobs the past two years – you didn’t do that. Somebody else made that happen.
November cannot come soon enough.