President Obama: "If You've Got A Business - You Didn't Build That. Somebody Else Made That Happen"

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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.  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.


The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.  There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.  I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service.  That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.


So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together.  That’s how we funded the GI Bill.  That’s how we created the middle class.  That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam.  That’s how we invented the Internet.  That’s how we sent a man to the moon.  We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for President -- because I still believe in that idea.  You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.  (Applause.)

Source: White House

h/t Jamesr79

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Ahmeexnal's picture

Al Gore invented the internet on his own.

Oh regional Indian's picture


Just that lie, repeated, ad-infinitum since 1969 should be enough to bring thsi whole house of cards down. Man never stepped on the moon. The rest is equal poppycock.



LetThemEatRand's picture

You people do realize that speeches like this are designed to rile up both sides and cause them to continue the false and destructive Red Team/Blue Team paradigm, no?   Romney gives a lot of speeches that would make you think he leans libertarian.  He does not.  And if elected, he will just serve his corporate masters like Obama has for the last 4 years.   

FEDbuster's picture

With Romney we may get to walk to the edge of the shit abyss before we jump in, with Obama we will be running full speed.  It's not a matter of "if", it's just a question of when?

AldousHuxley's picture

Cutting edge R&D is always done by military for tech leadership. military technology dictates world power.


Corporations just commercialize technology long after a technology has been invented. Even when military is not directly involved, they fund the phDs in universities (computer science departments are almost all DARPA funded) to train the researchers.


Aerospace Jet Engines = cold war

Internet = DARPA, navy submarines divisions.

Energy = Atomic bomb

GPS = from space race

interstate system = hitler's military

Humevee, Jeep, Hummer = Army

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

That's how we created the middle class!


economics9698's picture

The NWA needs to get the fuck out of the WH.

ndotken's picture

The truly sad thing about that speech is that our Presidebt really believes that shit.

Mario55's picture

The Presidents and various prime ministers of our western democratic countries don't believe anything, don't beleive in anything. No conviction. They just say what the population who happens to be their electorate wants to hear.

This Obama's speech is appalling. 

nope-1004's picture

Obama is appalling.  There, fixed it for ya.


Manthong's picture

That’s what you get when you elect a commie sympathizer and belligerent born colonial subject of the British Crown to blather BS all over the place.

The tragic thing is that we do not have government officials with the Constitutional knowledge, belief and fortidude to remove a self evident usurper from office.  

Surly Bear's picture

Dude, stop bad-mouthing the commies. Even Stalin claimed credit for what he built. This guy is a d-bag.

flacon's picture

ROAD AND BRIDGES! Therefore we need to lay down our lives and submit to THE STATE! God it feels good having my balls tickled by THE STATE! 

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

One of the reasons business was so successful in the US is because gov't used to keep their noses OUT of the market. You got it wrong Obamao.

redpill's picture

I made the enthusiastic bird that I'm flipping you right now, President Obamao.


fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Obamas biological father is/was Frank Marshall Davis. He is citizen of the USA. His father, a close friend of his grandparents, knocked his mother up. If I was a Obama the false narrative of his close ties to Africa sounds so much better than, my dad was the kind of POS who visited friends houses and had sex with their young daughters.


Al Gorerhythm's picture

Barry didn't get to his position on his own either. Who's your sugar daddy Barry? Who are your handlers? You can't be that fucking stupid all on your own. You are a treasonous socialist who obviously has an agenda to screw the business sector and middle class down to your level. Barry, I want to start a shoe shine stand. I need some help and have a position open for you but then again, can I trust you enough not to skim the cash register?

All Risk No Reward's picture

It's the banksters that fill up the teleprompter, right?

Isn't this obvious by now?

RSloane's picture

You're absolutely right. They just respond to polling data.

The trend is your friend's picture

No We did build that business because along the way our parents paid plenty of taxes to pay for the school, bridges, roads etc

Treeplanter's picture

The putz was indoctrinated from his teen years.  He believes the Marxist fairy tales.

blunderdog's picture

Personally, I really doubt Obama believes ANYTHING.

Uncle Remus's picture

Well, maybe the lies he tells himself.

Chuck Walla's picture

Well, maybe the lies he tells himself.


He lied to his autobiography. Close enough.

Manthong's picture

He believes in the superiority of his intellect which through collective secular social salvation has thrust him from his oppressed black colonial origins to elite ruling status over imperial Anglo-European society.

jeff montanye's picture

for what it's worth, not much, obama's right.  

nonetheless, he should be impeached, indicted, convicted (x2...),  incarcerated and. possibly executed.

not the last, imo; the republican from illinois, ryan, broke me down.

Excursionist's picture

Respectfully, I disagree about Obama's being right.

My parents' and now my own taxes paid for teachers who agreed, in a fair exchange of services for monetary compensation, to teach me K - 12, policemen and firemen who agreed to protect me, and so forth.

Civil servants create a foundation on which a society can thrive.  But a foundation is not a house over your head that will keep the elements out.  It is up to private sector entrepreneurs and those whom they opt to employ to build the (metaphorical) houses.

Obama can rightfully claim credit for the government creating a foundation so that the rest of us don't have to worry about the bottom two tiers of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, but to extend the argument any further is to propagate the tenets of a resoundedly disproven Das Kapital.


On a separate note, it would be nice for the Communist in Chief to thank me and every other private sector tax payer for funding his salary, the government's expenditures and the government's ability to borrow against its 'revenue' base.

RockyRacoon's picture

Obama actually said this:

" If you are 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 did not build that–somebody else made that happen. The Internet did not get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off of the Internet. The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."

Note that the antecedent to the pronoun ("you did not build that") is the infrastructure, not the person's business.  Failure to understand simple declarative sentences has resulted in a warped interpretation of what he said.

I only bring this up in the effort to put things back into context.  Just today I listened to a Romney speech in which he said that an internet entrepreneur has done all the work on his own.  Say what?  All this finger-pointing works two ways.

Regardless of a person's opinion of Zuckerberg, without an established internet he'd just be another unknown nerd with his glasses taped together.  On the other hand, it could be said that a guy that smart and driven would have found some way to make a fortune.   In any case, he would have needed help with an established infrastructure... period.  The really smart entrepreneurs are the ones who find an untrodden path, free of government (the bureaucrats just haven't found it yet), and exploit it.  My final point: Fortunes can be made in spite of government and its onerous regulations.

grid-b-gone's picture

Government creates the rich and poor. The middle class is just the remaining miscellaneous category.

augustusgloop's picture

We created the middle class by using our supremecy after WWII, Just as England did in the 19th century. Also add Eisenhower's interstate system--that has made logistics possible...

fnordfnordfnord's picture

our supremecy after WWII

 Our supremecy after WWII, is owed wholly and completely to the fact that we hadn't had our industrial capacity blown to smithereens (and we weren't the Soviets). Therefore, we got to manufacture all the shit needed to rebuild Europe. After that, thank the heug public works programs that kept everyone busy; until the space race (which we started WAY LATE). Then, a lib-uh-ruhl democrat started the science and technology boom that's lasted until Ronnie Ray-gun. Now, we're seeing the last of it peter out, with nothing left but military spending (and the private enterprises initiated via the pre-Reagan tech spending) to keep us going.

dwayne elizando's picture

Genetics researchers need to clone Ronnie is the point......I think.

fnordfnordfnord's picture

No, Reagan's administration begun the anti-intellectualism (anti-genetics research), anti-other science (killed the SSC*), pro-endless-wars,

* Held physics research back by 20 years, Higgs being discovered only last week.

dwayne elizando's picture

I wasn't using intellect to make my conclusion.

fnordfnordfnord's picture

My point is that our post WWII success is half luck, and half liberal domestic policy.

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Treeplanter's picture

We had a middle class in colonial days.  They dumped British tea into Boston Harbor.  They rebelled against the king.   

Dr. Sandi's picture

Actually, no. Those guys doing the dumping were the gangs who ran pirate tea past the Brits to avoid paying taxes on it. They were relatively wealthy for the day, just protecting their turf.

Think white street gangs with fast boats instead of black Honda Civics and you have our original patriotic middle class.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

That is an absolute fucking lie by a dickhead

debtor of last resort's picture

And that's how we destroyed the middle class.

debtor of last resort's picture

And that's how we destroyed the middle class.

disabledvet's picture

the Army invented the hummer? wow. i didn't know that. maybe we should the government more of our money.

smlbizman's picture

they probably are more qualified to build and sell vehicles to us, than say a ford or chyrsler...what? oh nevermind...

Temporalist's picture

Is it surprising that the govt created the biggest gas guzzling vehicle that originally barely sat 4 and uncomfortably at best that was a death trap in a firefight.

Then consumers bought it because the Governator wanted it (but now doesn't have room for them in his driveway full of hydrogren power vehicles that are immobile beacuse he's waiting on govt. subsidized hydrogen infrascturcture) and then could no longer afford to drive them because gas went up and sales plummeted.


*edit - yes I know it was a double entendre

Dr. Sandi's picture


Is it surprising that the govt created the biggest gas guzzling vehicle that originally barely sat 4 and uncomfortably at best that was a death trap in a firefight.

Don't go blaming the govt for the Chevy Nova.