“You Didn’t Build That”

From the Washington Times -

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.

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8 responses

  1. I laughed when he jumped from personal accomplishments to literal roads and bridges in three sentenced. I reckon in his mind HE built the roads and bridges to help us all out … If we’re successful. He’s talking about his own image of himself throughout- methinks.
    Btw I’m darn sick of all the road repsirs! Can I just make 1 trip without traffic stalled?

  2. “If you’ve got two autobiographies – you didn’t write those. Somebody else made those happen.”
    From the very start, it’s been speculated that Obama used a ghost writer (possibly Bill Ayers) to write his “autobiographies”.

    “If you’ve got a health-care law – you didn’t do that. Somebody else made that happen.”
    Obama actually had no plans in place for healthcare. He had no expertise in health insurance or medicine or in the running a hospital. He essentially told the Dems, “We have the majority. Pass a healthcare bill and I will sign it”.

    “If you’ve got a Nobel Peace Prize – you didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”
    We all know he had done absolutely nothing to earn a Noble Prize.

    “If you’ve “created” millions of jobs the past two years – you didn’t do that. Somebody else made that happen.”
    He’s taking credit for something that didn’t happen. What jobs?

  3. The claims he makes are just part of his narcissistic tendencies. He can’t apologize – because he is a narcissist. He is never wrong – because he is a narcissist. We are all stupid – because he is a narcissist. Please let November be the end of this village idiot and narcissist.

    • I have said it before – I don’t understand why this political commentary is on a website supposedly devoted to heretics and other miscreants related to the Catholic Church. But — as long as you are in this space comments are in order. You and your posters should be aware that the quote that closes LarryD’s post has been edited. The President did not say that a created business was not built by the creator and owner; the full quote amplified the earlier comment that many people and entities facilitated the business creation; specifically, a business relies on roads and bridges that were built by others, mostly through a government entity, whether state or federal.

      To the poster about jobs created – the CBO estimated that indeed millions of jobs were created through the stimulus program. And to the others, please don’t opine about the President’s biography and authorship unless there are facts to present.

      Again, I don’
      t understand the purpose of these political posts on a blog site devoted to “heretics” like myself – except that it makes more sense out of the usual posts here when you take into account a really right-wing approach to Church and/or state.

      I am really interested in LarryD’s comments on the American Bishops’ statement that Rep. Paul
      Ryan’s budget proposal is immoral.

      Peace,

      Joek

      • …specifically, a business relies on roads and bridges that were built by others, mostly through a government entity, whether state or federal.

        Roads and bridges aren’t built out of the generosity and beneficence of government agencies. They are paid for by taxes – including business owners – and are available for use by all American citizens. There is no personal risk involved when the government lays out funding for a road. There is no labor of love when a federal entity contracts out for a new bridge. I can’t think of any business that failed because there wasn’t a new road. It’s ludicrous.

        Obama is not pro-business, unless it’s a business that can help him get re-elected. He despises independent successful people; his comment underscores his belief that an individual’s success should be made available to everybody who he, the president, thinks deserves it.

        If my business is successful, it will be because I worked hard, made plenty of sacrifices, and made prudent, sound decisions. If my business fails, it will be due to me not doing those things. If I am man enough to not blame others should I fail, then I am not being proud when I take credit for its hoped-for success.

        In either case, fail or succeed, all glory to God in heaven.

        Again, I don’t understand the purpose of these political posts on a blog site devoted to “heretics” like myself – except that it makes more sense out of the usual posts here when you take into account a really right-wing approach to Church and/or state.

        This blog isn’t about you. It’s not devoted to you, it’s not written with you in mind, and it’s not dedicated to you. I wouldn’t care if you stopped reading, and I wouldn’t stop blogging if you did.

        I am really interested in LarryD’s comments on the American Bishops’ statement that Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal is immoral.

        Sure you are.

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