Obama Ad Denies He Said “You didn’t build that.”

A bizarre ad just published by the Obama Campaign first denies and then confirms his scornful attitude toward entrepreneurs.

President Obama generated self-inflected, negative headlines at a recent campaign rally.  He called for tax hikes on high income Americans and then, lacking the restraint of a teleprompter and intoxicated by the cheering crowd, he plunged into a fit of sanctimonious indignation against high achievers, especially business owners who would be hit by those higher tax rates.  His bellowing surged in intensity, culminating in this now famous denunciation:

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

Obama’s media acolytes have been scrambling to contrive interpretations that were less offensive than the plain meaning of the President’s words.  Obama was, they insist,  trying to inform his audience that business owners didn’t build the public roads and bridges themselves. 

However, as we reported here, in the context of both his speech and the totality of his record the only reasonable interpretation is that Obama was trying to drum up support for tax increases on business owners by portraying them as conceited and arrogant and by giving government credit for their achievements.

Mitt Romney immediately revised his own campaign speech to include a thorough rebuke of Obama’s contempt for entrepreneurs, leading to the Obama campaign’s counter-attack, the ad below. 

The ad begins with text accusing Romney of “launching a false attack” followed by video of Romney reading Obama’s actual words from his speech notes.  Then more text:

“The only problem? That’s not what he said.”

Next are some brief clips from Obama’s speech, ending with the clip of him saying the very words the ad text just claimed “that’s not what he said.”

Here’s the ad.  You’ll probably never see another Obama ad posted on Liberty Works!

7 Comments so far

  1. SenateStaff on July 20th, 2012

    Whoever writes this crazy stuff, How can you listen to that video and not realize he’s talking about roads and bridges? If you own a business you didn’t build the roads and bridges! Easy for anyone to understand except for the maniacs of the right wing.

    This is a big Conservative hot air balloon that will crash as fast as they sent it up. Independent voters are laughing at your stupidity. They laugh at your guy Romney’s stupidity

    President Obama has said many times he has great respect for small business. All he wants is a little bit of fairness in the tax code.

  2. Larry M Walker, Jr. on July 20th, 2012

    Well Senate Staff, this independent small business owner isn’t laughing. I’m much more impressed by Romney’s policies than Obama’s stupid remarks. Under Romney’s plan there’s no tax on interest, dividends, or capital gains on those making less than $200K, no AMT, no death tax, and corporate taxes are capped at 25%. All Obama has put on the table is the promise not raise taxes on people making under $157,197 in 1993 dollars (the equivalent of $250,000 today), except of course for those health care taxes, in other words nothing. And a tax hike on those making more than $157,197 in 1993 dollars (the equivalent of $250,000 today), in other words less than nothing. So Romney’s plan is pro-growth, while Obama offers nothing to less than nothing for all 100% of the 51% who actually pay income taxes. Laugh at that and sit back and see how us independents vote.

  3. Larry Chappell on July 21st, 2012

    I listened to the speech and it’s being taken totally out of context to make it seem like an insult when it’s so clearly not. I’m sure you find ANY speech by anybody and pick out choice lines and make the same kind of accusation about any of them. Listen to the WHOLE speech.

  4. Krebs v Carnot on July 21st, 2012

    “All he wants is a little bit of fairness in the tax code.”

    And what, pray tell, is “a little bit of fairness in the tax code”? I’m waiting…

    Time’s up!! It’s a moving target, that’s what it is. A little fairness here and a little fairness there and the next thing you know you have an AMT that is now targeting many more people than it was intended to extract “a fair share” from back when it was enacted decades ago.

    And there’s your “progressivism” for you – progressively extract more and more “little fairness” until you’ve wrung the putative Golden Geese’s necks.

    How about this for “fairness”? Everyone pays an income tax. So as to have your hero’s putative “skin in the game”.

    You people!

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  6. Drew on July 22nd, 2012

    For the SenateStaffs of the world. Everyone has roads and bridges everyone had a teacher.

    Not everyone has the talent or risk profile to create and make a business prosper. If it was that easy everyone would have a successful business.

    Obamas remarks are just tripe. And SenateStaff continues to publicly humiliate him or herself with inane logic.

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