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President Obama Says Something Stupid

Updated on July 22, 2012

As Promised

Although I do lean to the democratic side, I promised in the comments of my Hubs about Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum that I am equal opportunity, and that when President Obama says something stupid I will write a Hub about it. President Obama recently said a horribly stupid thing. Therefore, as an honest, equal opportunity Hubber, I must follow through with my promise and write the Hub.

One of the Stupidest Things a Politician Has Said

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

Yes ladies and gentleman, President Obama stated that if you are a business owner, or an entrpenuer, you didn't build it, someone else made it happen.

Now granted, this was in the context of an entire speech about how great America is, and how the infrustructure and governance system that millions of Americans past and present toiled to put into place supports the American Dreams of present day entrepenuers. It is true that most successful business owners in the US wouldn't be successful in other places. Many countries try to stifle innovation in their subjects, destroy creativity, and keep the common man down. The United States gives everyone a chance to try to better themselves.

However, this is an election year. Politicians have to be careful about the way they word things. This one sentence his speech completely destroyed the rest of what he was trying to say. It destroyed the entire point of the speech. Entrepenuers hear this and think they are being belittled, they think the President doesn't believe that they have worked hard for what they have. Aspiring business men and women hear this and are offended, they toil for years trying to create a successful business, and some never succeed.

Americans in general hear this and they are disheartened. They only hear that Dems are for Big Government, and then they hear the Democratic President of the United States state that Government is responsible for all the success in the country. This is not the message that the President needs to be sending during his re-election campaign. 

My Opinion

I truly believe that President Obama was trying to make a valid point about how great our nation is in that the hard work of generations of past Americans has led to an environment where the common man can build a small business and succeed. However, in this age of sound bytes and snippets, any candidate needs to chose all of his words extremely carefully. This phrase taken by itself could easily have cost him the election if it were uttered in October rather than in July (we all know it will be old news by October).

I apologize to all my Republican friends and followers if this wasn't Hub wasn't as critical of President Obama as my previous Hubs have been of the other candidates, but as I openly admit, I am a Democrat, and despite this horrible quote that I mentioned above, I think he is a good man and I would like to see him in the White House for another four year.

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    • cheetah786 profile image

      cheetah786 5 years ago

      obama is unlikely to come for next years...lets see who will be america's president .

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      jdmanista 5 years ago from Ladera Ranch, CA

      Really, the man that I would rather have a beer with? In that case I would vote for Jason Statham. I would love to have a pint with that man. The fact that you would even suggest not voting absolutely disgusts me. I would rather have 100% of the eligible voters place their vote and Obama win than 40% vote and Romney win. At least in that case the people of this country has taken the time to vote and have shared their voice.

      I also find it amusing that you still believe that George W Bush was not literate. If you had been paying any attention you would know that everyone around him believed that he was very intelligent. The fact that Obama has finally broken away from the teleprompter and shared his true beliefs with the American people should tell us everything that we need to know about this man.

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      Paninanimate 5 years ago

      At least Obama is fluent in the english languge, unlike Junior. But thats really the only difference between them.

      Please, don't waste your time voting. But if you do vote, be sure to base the decision soley on who you would rather have a beer with.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      jd, thanks for agreeing with me. The argument that the government under the founders was never involved in education or the money supply is a common misconception, however. The Puritans in Massachusetts passed the 'Ole Deluder Satan Law as early as 1647 that required each town to set up schools. If the town didn't and refused to set up a school, they were subject to a fine (AKA tax). Of course, this was a local/colonial situation, but New England was long into access to education. I have a blog post on this act at my personal blog. Interestingly, the citizens in New England generally had a higher standard of living on average than those in the South. The South actually had a higher per capita GDP, but a few wealthy planters (who did not like much education except for their own children) skewed the numbers.

      One of the first acts that the government took under the Constitution was the setting up of a National Bank. Many of the men who were in the Constitutional Convention voted for it. George Washington signed the bill into law. Some were against it, but it passed the very first Congress that should have understood the Constitution the best since they wrote it. A lack of capital after its demise led to calls for another national bank. Andrew Jackson killed it after paying off the national debt completely. One of the worst depressions in American history followed. Without a central bank, there were many major expansions that then had deep depressions following. With the exception of the Great Depression that was actually a global event with the exception of the Soviet Union (which was completely outside the global economy at that time), there has been nothing much like these massive contractions since the origination of the Federal Reserve until the recent recession--of course, this followed a massive relaxation of regulations that were in place for 70 years to avoid another Great Depression.

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      jdmanista 5 years ago from Ladera Ranch, CA

      I love that the first remark you get after criticizing the Left is that the Right hates education, government and politicians. It absolutely makes me smile every time I see that. Conservatives love education, when the tax money goes to the children and not bloated pensions and government programs. Conservatives love limited government that builds roads and defends the country, not a government of more taxes, huge spending and ridiculous waste. And Conservatives love politicians, those politicians that vote for limited government and realize that their role is to listen to the will of the people, not their own interests.

      cprice75, you are exactly right in your comments. The government built the interstates, created a legal system to keep us in check, and protected this country for over 200 years. However, these things were meant to be the limit of their authority. They were not meant to have their hands in the education system (Board of Education, healthcare (Obamacare), or the money supply (The Fed). Government has grown completely out of control and is now running this country into the ground. Our president is actually looking at systems in Europe and Spain (like clean energy) and saying that we should be like them. These systems have already failed, Mr President, why would we want to go down that path? And I believe that his comment about business was a mistake, not because it was a slip up during an election year, but because it is exactly how he feels at heart about the relationship between business and government.

      And as far as corporations taking multimillion dollar junkets to tropical locations, if you don't like it as a shareholder, you can sell your shares and maybe they make changes in management. Bottom line, they are a private company and they can use their revenues as they see fit. This is absolutely not true of the federal government, however, but that is how they make it look. By the way, if you are going to argue that many of these companies received massive taxpayer bailouts, I was completely against bailing out the banks and the automakers as well as giving hundreds of millions in secured loans to companies like Solyndra.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      If you write something about Obama every time he says something stupid I don't think you'd get a break from that keyboard...

      The Frog

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      Nick Hanlon 5 years ago from Chiang Mai

      And who pays for those bridges and roads and police and post offices?A martian does..according to Obama.

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      I forgot that the wild west was following the mayflower compact. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      michiganman....the Mayflower Compact set up a crude system of government before the Pilgrims got off the boat. The Puritans had the town hall. The available town records show that they really, really liked to sue people. How can there be lawsuits without a court system? Seems that that is a function of government. Business needs a government of some sort to adjudicate disputes, protect property rights, etc. Government (state, but still government) built the Erie Canal. It cost tax money, but it dropped the cost of shipping goods to a fraction of what it had been. The federal government gave grants of land and subsidies for the building of the transcontinental railroad. The federal government built the interstate highways.

      If you go back to the origins of the Constitution, part of the need for the Constitution was related to trade relations among the states. The situation under the Articles of Confederation wasn't exactly working out all that well. Is there some waste in governmental spending? Sure. There is also waste in corporate America. Multi-million dollar junkets to tropical locations aren''t exactly a necessity of doing business. Why is there rarely any complaint about that? Corporate excess takes money out of your pocket, too, unless you live out in the woods very far away from civilization and make all your clothes and grow all your food. Government provides services. Transportation in just about every society ever has been something that the government has handled. Even one of my historian friends who is a bit of an expert on transportation talks about the private transportation system in early America and admits it didn't work very well. Government provides defense. Local governments provide education and police protection. These things cost money. Of course, t

      here are countries that don't have these benefits. They are called Somalia. Life ain't exactly so grand there.

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      ever wonder why the right wing nut crazies hate education,government, politicians who are not in their pocket, labor unions , civil right groups?

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      Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

      Michiganman just trumped Obama's statement—by a hundred fold. Talk about regurgitated Fox New-Limbaughtomy Bat$hit Crazy talk!

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Obama is an anti-business president. He thinks that all wealth comes through government. That feeds his inflated ego which claims to have "created or saved millions of jobs" through his government spending. Why would any businessman think that Obama is his friend?

      We had business in this nation before we had government, so who made those businesses? Not government. Government only takes, it is a parasite that feeds off of the private sector. Any benefit that Government provides comes through money that is spent so ineffectively that it negligible. $15 trillion in debt.

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      junkseller 5 years ago from Michigan

      You can sound bite anybody to be anything you want. Out of context soundbites probably could have made Ghandi a warmonger and Mandela a prison lover. I don't know that it is possible to avoid no matter how careful someone is. We should all have zero tolerance for this sort of stupid media.

      The other problem with this story is that Obama was really talking about the American system, which includes all sorts of institutions, not just government. Yet people are treating it as if he just made some Big Government advocation. He didn't.

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      Wizard Of Whimsy 5 years ago from The Sapphire City

      First, one quote out of context isn't fair but I understand why you think it's "stupid."

      Well, we all want to rephrase things we've said because we meant them to imply something different.

      I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant . . .

      "If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that alone. Somebody else helped make that happen"

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      Elani-Lee 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Mio Cid. I read the full speech on ABC7 news...and he did say that quote. I know he was talking about the infrustructure without which no business would be successful, but the sound bytes won't recognize that; which is why it was a stupid thing to say.

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      He never said you didn't build your business he was talking about the roads and the bridges you make use of for your business when he says you didn't build that although i recognize he phrased it poorly giving way to the misinterpretation.