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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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Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:24 | 2617894 Moe Howard
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You are reading too much into it. He is just the guy they hired to distract the proles while his bosses loot the treasury. Nothing complicated, really.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:46 | 2617298 TahoeBilly2012
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Sociopathetic jive, how the fuck would these career politicians have any idea how business is built? None of them gamed the system on the own either, they used the mob, the CIA helpers, whatever was around to get them through life without ever having created any REAL value, other than creating crisis for the people.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:08 | 2617394 Bob
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If you don't pretend to be in it for the little guy, then how can you get their votes?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:52 | 2617942 Max Fischer
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Well, that's easy Bob. Simply make shit up about death panels, birth certificates, grade school indoctrination, faux McCarthyism, etc., and indirectly suggest the president is a communist Muslim nigger terrorist from outer space or Africa or whatever, and that he's some sort of devilish villain character who wants to "take you to a place to get slaughtered."*

Then pay millions to sharp-tongued, shameless carnival barkers who are willing to subvert true journalism and compromise their professional integrity, all for the chance to prove their allegiance to various capitalist super-pigs like Roger Ailes.

Now, depending on how dumb and gullible the audience is, some or all of this shit (see first paragraph) might actually be believed, especially if that audience (like the Tea Party) is eagerly looking for a reason to HATE him. They can't hate him because he's a nigger, 'cuz that sounds too racist and subtracts from their credibility on actual political arguments. So now the Faux News viewers can replace the word "nigger" with all the political villains in history, like Hitler or various communist dictators who are universally loathed. (Because let's be honest here, referring to Obama as Hitler is just a subversive way of calling him a nigger, right? George W did far, far more to undermine the sanctity of our freedom and/or the Constitution and no one ever called him Hitler, Marx or whatnot).

A particularly shrewd carnival barker on Faux News can even turn this shameless propaganda into a 60 minute pseudo history lesson, complete with chalk boards and flow charts. Now, all the racist Tea Party freaks can hide their subconscious nigger animosity behind the smokescreen of being born-again Constitutionalists and American history buffs. Like zombies on command, these born-again Constitutionalists rose from their Lazy-Boy recliners, pushed their Swanson Salisbury Steak TeeVee dinners to the side, and for the first time in their lives, marched through their communities to the drumbeat of their carnival barking masters.

I want my country back! At age 62, I suddenly care about the Constitution! Amuuurica is under attack by evil progressives and GAYS!

Anyway, circling back on topic, it's really easy to get the little guy to vote for a particular candidate, even if that candidate represents an ideology or promotes policy that makes life for the little guy worse. Distract him with death panels. Scare him with faux-McCarthyism. Find a little known MILF from nowhere USA, dress her up in a "Sexy Flight Attendant from Piedmont Airlines" costume,** and have her talk about moose hunting and Jesus.

Don't worry about the little guy, Bob. There's a massive, multi-billion dollar propaganda machine that's got him covered - brain washed, fluffed dried and neatly stacked on the Murdoch pedestal.

* Actual Glen Beck quote, Faux News 11-3-09
** Credit to Matt Taibbi

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:54 | 2617972 Bob
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There's too much truth in all you say.  Yet, as you say:

Then pay millions to sharp-tongued, shameless carnival barkers who are willing to subvert true journalism and compromise their professional integrity, all for the chance to prove their allegiance to various capitalist super-pigs like Roger Ailes.

That horse left the barn at least 16 years ago:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_Act_of_1996

That was Clinton's great stroke for fascism.

Problem is that Obama's not worth fighting for; think about it, if he's the oligarch's worst case. 

Now that's genius

If we're going down, I just as soon it were Rmoney that gets the blame at this point.  I'm thinking of voting for him just for that. 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:14 | 2618044 Moe Howard
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Nice rant. Too bad you are so full of shit you chew when you talk.

Quoting you above: (Because let's be honest here, referring to Obama as Hitler is just a subversive way of calling him a nigger, right? George W did far, far more to undermine the sanctity of our freedom and/or the Constitution and no one ever called him Hitler, Marx or whatnot).

REALLY? Nobody ever called George W Hitler? REALLY? What bubble do you live in? I bet you have a picture of Che where Catholics have the picture of Jesus in the hallway. What a stooge you are.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 16:36 | 2618295 XenoFrog
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I'd bet a significant amount of money that Bush was called all those things more often than he was referred to as "The President".

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 18:52 | 2618698 El Tuco
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Honestly...My neighbor thought he was the Anti-Christ and he was going to destroy the world. Not shittin' ya....I would just nod silently in agreement with a serious look on my face.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:25 | 2618082 InjuredThales
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When I first started here, I thought MDB  was the most epic troll of all tme.  However, I have since realized that you are Juvenal to hiw Swift, Voltaire to his Lesage. You are the alpha, and the omega of trolling.  Thumbs up sir!  Bravo!

This apprentice has stepped aside, and now the master appears!

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:32 | 2618106 akak
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I concur, wholeheartedly and without reservation.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 17:32 | 2618437 Temporalist
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Nah the master makes people laugh, which is the hardest thing to do.  MDB for Dictator of the World!

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 21:12 | 2618968 Ms. Erable
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Nah, MDB is occasionally witty and well-versed with sarcasm for comedic effect. Max has been educated far beyond his level of intelligence; kind of a real-life example of what happens when you send a turnip through medical school.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:54 | 2618164 NumberNone
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Here's a little trip down memory lane for you of photos of people claiming 'Bush=Hitler' from 2003 through 2008.  

http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=612  

 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:57 | 2617790 Seize Mars
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Correct. The man never had a real job in his entire life, much less actually tried starting a business. How absolutely profound is the ignorance. Stunning.

 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:47 | 2617299 PierreLegrand
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Marxist in Chief comes clean...guilty gullible supporters scratching their heads muttering they didn't know.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:23 | 2617462 nmewn
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Well at least he finally admitted the ObamaCare mandate is a tax on the young & healthy.

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/07/obama-uses-the-tax-word-to-describe-mandate-128921.html

Pardon, the ObamaTax mandate...now Georgie is vindicated.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:47 | 2617302 ABG LINE
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FUCK YOU OBAMA! MOTHERFUCKER!

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:09 | 2617399 Colonial Intent
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Are you frustrated by your own inaction and left to shouting on a comments board to release your guilty tension.

Hugs (cos you need one)

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:53 | 2617565 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Hurtful words followed by faux kindness -- you'd make a fine re-educator at the FEMA camps or a top notch public school teacher.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR5ApYxkU-U

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:04 | 2617611 Colonial Intent
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How is it hurtful to offer advice, we all need advice from time to time, i dont post on here to contradict others, its more of a sharpening stone for my mind.

I offer advice and i read others advice, its by debating the merit of the argument that you educate youself and others regardless of who wins the argument.

An i think shouting 'fuck you obama' is a debasement of any argument you may wish to make, ZH is meant to be more than a bunch of people shouting fuck you at each other.

IMHO

 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:19 | 2617658 CrockettAlmanac.com
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I see no advice in the statement to which I responded. One can act as if one is taking the high road but when the performance depends on an obvious lie the effect is greatly diminished.

 

Colonial Intent said: Are you frustrated by your own inaction and left to shouting on a comments board to release your guilty tension.

Hugs (cos you need one)

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:35 | 2617708 Colonial Intent
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I asked the guy a question.

He did'nt answer me.

 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:40 | 2617724 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Don't move the goal post. First you said that you offered him advice. Now you say that you asked him a question. Which is it and are you confused or just unscrupulous?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:52 | 2617965 Pure Evil
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Damn, looks like that sharpening stone ground that razor edge mind into a dull caricature.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:06 | 2617613 Colonial Intent
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20 down votes?

 

I'm just showing you a glass slipper, You're the one who says it fits.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:34 | 2617706 Kayman
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30 weeks on ZH. And socialist troll conterpoint at that.

You will have to grow more whiskers to survive here.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 14:58 | 2617971 Pure Evil
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Don't worry Obama will help, wouldn't want total incompetence to go unrealized.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:50 | 2617303 GeneMarchbanks
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I have no problem with this at all. Much of what he said is correct.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMVj7fLVSng

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:03 | 2617366 tmosley
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Of course YOU don't, because you are a socialist creep.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:09 | 2617400 GeneMarchbanks
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Did you click my link? You really should, it's good one especially for libertarians.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:14 | 2617419 Bob
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No partial credit given.  Either with us or agin us . . .

Too complicated for commies to understand, I suppose. 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:26 | 2617471 Bay of Pigs
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Yes, Gene loves Marx. That is his story in an nutshell.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:29 | 2617476 Bob
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Somebody needs to take him under their wing and bring him to the next 5 Minute Hate. 

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:36 | 2617504 GeneMarchbanks
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Is it my fault Greenspan went out of his way to prove Marx right?

I enjoy reading many social theorists actually. Ortega Y Gasset, Gustav LeBon, Freud, Baudrillard as well as many others.

Why do you hate books?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:54 | 2617568 tmosley
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You do realize that Greenspan was the head of a Marxist institution, right?

Plank 5: Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

I love it when you people write off your complete and utter failures as belonging to the other side.  It's like watching a worm squirm in the daylight.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:58 | 2617589 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Why do you pretend that those with whom you have disagreements are not well read? It's a tactic which reeks of intellectual dishonesty and personal weakness.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:02 | 2617603 covsire
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It's an extremely common liberal tactic on web forums.  They have a rampant need to discredit anyone who doesn't agree with them rather than argue against their ideas.  What better way than to ascribe ignorance to a stranger on forum of strangers?   This passes as valid debate with Obama-bots.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:00 | 2617601 covsire
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess you have a "Obama/Biden '08" bumper sticker on your car.  Am I right!?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:30 | 2617696 Everybodys All ...
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maybe you should read up on Stalin and Mao, ... give yourself a little balance.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 15:39 | 2618122 Totentänzerlied
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Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Fromm, Habermas, Lukacs, Gramsci, Althusser, Lefebvre, Bloch = many others?

With the possible exceptions of the first two, they collectively constitute a  pretty good reason to hate books - their own books, that is.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:40 | 2617725 Kayman
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Most on ZH know free markets are a textbook fantasy, but using Noam Chomsky as your baseline does not strenghthen your socialist fantasy.

That you know better than me what I need is the heighth of arrogance.

Socialism or Criminal Bankers, it is all about tyrants and the capture of words.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:48 | 2617308 midtowng
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He only left out one word "alone".

Otherwise he's right.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:10 | 2617406 Bob
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Useful tool typo's himself to useless fool.  Ever wonder why the Great Orator just can't get anything right?

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 16:50 | 2618330 Goldilocks
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"-- look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own."

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help"

"we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."

"We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, "

.

...true amongst cronies.     ...plea / appeal to crony.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:49 | 2617309 Dr.Engineer
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Let me be the first to say, this guy is an absolute moron of all morons.  The most ego-centric narcissist to take a breath on this planet.  When he says 'we', he really means 'I'. 

Some say the Republicans are no better.   I challenge them to justify this by comparing this guy's idiocy with anything in recent memory from a Republican.

Disclaimer:  I am a libertarian.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:52 | 2617322 GeneMarchbanks
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The most ego-centric narcissist to take a breath on this planet.

Ironic. I don't doubt your claim, I just find it ironic in context of what is being said.

Disclaimer:  I am a libertarian.

Of course you are man, of course you are.



Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:16 | 2617428 johnQpublic
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disclaimer:

i am a human being

fuck this corrupt system and all who support it or make excuses for it

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:46 | 2617750 Kayman
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i am a human being

Of course you are, John, of course you are.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 11:59 | 2617346 Everybodys All ...
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I'd rather have Obama clue all the rest in that he is a Marxist like his father so I could stop arguing the point. It's obvious to me but others I guess don't want to believe they have been mislead.

Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:01 | 2617361 GeneMarchbanks
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In what meaningful way is Obama a Marxist? Please give detailed examples from past four years.

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