In one day the Obama campaign frantically pumped out two new videos with two new and conflicting claims regarding what Obama “really” said, when his actual words, recorded on video were:
If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
The President’s entire rant against high income taxpayers, most of whom are business owners appears in context at the bottom of this post. For a week Obama’s media disciples gave all they could to calm the storm, insisting the President didn’t mean what he said.
However, in the context of both his this particular campaign speech and the totality of his Presidential record, the only reasonable interpretation is that he was trying to drum up support for tax hikes on business owners by portraying their success as the result of government largess, not bootstrap achievement. Mitt Romney rightfully revised his campaign speech to include a thorough rebuke of Obama’s contempt for entrepreneurs.
The first new video came from Stephanie Cutter, Obama campaign attack dog disguised as your likeable neighbor or coworker, the blonde one who smiles a lot while she’s talking. She’s also the one who appeared on TV to accuse Romney of an unnamed “felony.” Her new video starts with the accusation that Romney:
…blatantly twists President Obama’s words on small business owners and entrepreneurs. Romney’s not telling the truth about what the President said and is taking the President’s words out of context. Romney claims the President told entrepreneurs they didn’t build their own businesses.
Then with a cute little chuckle:
Actually, he didn’t say that. Anyone who’s seen the President’s actual remarks knows the truth. The President said that together Americans built the free enterprise system that we all benefit from.
Ms Cutter even provides this link to a four minute segment of Obama’s remarks, the significant portion of which we’ve excerpted below. As a public service we endured the entire four minutes so our readers won’t have to. It has not been edited and he does not say anything even close to “Americans built the free enterprise system together.”
The second new video features Obama himself, with yet another version of what he really meant! In contrast with the thundering Obama who told business owners somebody else made their businesses happen, this calm, gentle Obama, accompanied by soothing piano riffs says:
Those ads, taking my words about small businesses out of context, they’re flat out wrong. Of course Americans build their own businesses. [...] What I said was we need to stand behind them as America always has…
No, sorry Mr. President. You didn’t say that. What you said was you planned to raise their taxes if their businesses were successful enough to generate over $250,000 in profits (and that’s before paying down business debt.) You talk a lot about creating jobs but you never acknowledge the reality that small businesses expand by reinvesting after tax profits, especially under your new banking regulations that discourage lending to entrepreneurs.
One has to wonder what the Obama campaign is up to. Obama’s own words are on video. They’re on the official White House transcript. There is simply no doubt that he did say the words Romney is using against him.
Here is the excerpt from Obama’s original remarks that has generated the controversy. These words come immediately after, and were meant to justify his call for tax increases on people who earn over $250,000, two thirds of whom are small businesses:
“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.
“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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”