From Rich Dempsey
The President has been taking flack for a section of one of his speeches that the no-publicans have had great fun taking out of context.
When the President said “you didn’t build that” as part of a speech, it became fodder for the right wing.
Remember the Romney quote “I like firing people”? Déjà vue.
In actuality here’s the complete text of Obama’s speech:
“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”
Anybody out there get the whole speech?
Clearly, the speech was talking about infrastructure, education and all the support available in America, not the abilities of business people. We rarely stand alone.
But, the spin makes part of the speech more palatable for some looneys.
For instance, there is a guy in Savanna GA that owns a lumber yard who has put up a “Kiss my a$$, Obama” placard on his business sign.
In the opinion of a confidential un-named source he often wears pastel colored jeans, is slovenly and rarely gives to charity.
(OK, I made that part up. See my point?)
I’m sure he is responsible for the continued success of his business. Good for him.
But I wonder (out loud) if the fact that his business is located on State Highway 204 and is a mile from Interstate Route 95 that accessibility may have had some had some effect to his success.
I don’t think he built the roads (“You didn’t build that”).
Would he have been as successful if he were down a long dirt path ten miles from nowhere?
I’m also willing to bet when his business was just starting, he may have had to rely on some credit from suppliers or banks, some help with builders and even that sign maker. He didn’t build that either.
So maybe he didn’t build that (at least not by himself). That’s what the dumb-o-crats need to focus on.
Spin is out of hand and as an independent I’m getting tired of it all. Doctor House often said “everybody lies”
I heard it on TV so it must be right, right?
Anybody can be made to say anything with the proper quote trimming, add in a little online gossip and guess what you get?
Just to prove my point, I read an article on the FOX website* regarding the Chick -fil-A controversy. There is a Fox talking head that ran for president a few years ago and plays mediocre bass guitar. He was also governor of some backwater state and now he “speaks” for every republican (according to him).
I’ll call him Huckababy so his real identity is masked.
I took some (ok, a lot) of the article out of context and came up with this;
According to a happy ex governor Huckababy on Thursday, Dan Cathy came under fire for his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Not a stranger to controversy, Huckababy, was once under fire for intervening in an investigation as Governor by state police involving his son and another man regarding the two men hanging a dog** , has also been “investigated 16 times and cited five times by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for violating ethics rules”***
His questionable past aside, he’s become an outspoken face in the crowd.
“I’m not buying their politics” Huckababy said in response to their “bullying” and was quoted as saying “it’s ‘getting out of hand” and the protest has gone beyond “anything I could have imagined”.
He was also quoted saying he “wasn’t thrilled” with the opposition
All real quotes deftly taken out of context.
I like this journalism stuff.
Ben Franklin once said “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid”
Don’t work too hard folks, get ALL the facts.