Obama Again Smeared For Making Sense.

The other day the president said this:

“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.” (source)

Which was characterized as (to quote one article) “Obama To American Business: You’re Welcome”.  Quotes from this speech are taken out of context to make him sound anti-business and make it sound like he’s a megalomaniac taking personal credit for everyone else’s success (which is just absurd).  The level of spin here is just sickening and I’ve come across people repeating it on xanga several times now.

The basic idea that we live in a society where we all depend on each other and no one succeeds alone (a statement of humility and solidarity) is twisted into “You all should lick my boot because I am your communist god”. 

Other evil commie egomaniacs have echoed similar sentiments:

“No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee. “

– John Donne (they used to ring the town/city bell for funerals btw)


 “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

– Isaac Newton

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8 Responses to Obama Again Smeared For Making Sense.

  1. It’s obvious what he meant, people spinning it that way are not really being honest.

  2. I’ve seen the distortions on Xanga, and they’re incredibly ignorant and gross. You’ll probably now be asked what positions Donne and Newton held in the commie party.

  3. TheSutraDude says:

    it shows how much FOX news and Rush Limbaugh lead the republican party. i believe FOX was first to cherry pick a paragraph from what the President said in order to distort what he said. Limbaugh did the same. then the Romney camp picked up on it but now comes the real irony. yesterday Romney said the same thing Obama said, that it’s important to appreciate people who helped us become successful like teachers, etc. of course only several weeks ago while giving another speech Romney complained to a crowd that Obama wants to hire more police, more firefighters and more teachers. he then said it’s about time government stops spending and starts doing something for the American people. police, firefighters and teachers aren’t American people? it’s Romney flip flopping and twisting himself into a pretzel again. 

  4. Republicans are just not happy people. They want to blame there unhappiness with the external blame game. I was reading up on the Netherlands. Most secular society and life expectancy was extremely high and there unemployment rate is at 4% which is excellent. Finding good news on television is like finding a needle in a haystack. That’s the problem.

  5. RobertLeeRE says:

    I agree with you 100%. Although I do consider myself Republican it IS a party full of ZOMBIE idiots at this time and their chickens will come home to roose this November. Obama has been an excellent president and there is NO WAY it will not be an all out landsllde putting him in for a 2nd term. There were just too many Rep Congressmen that popped their heads up saying such  dumb and ignorant things there is no way a win is coming for the Rebublicans in November.

  6. Perhaps people were really reading it as “I will increase your taxes.”

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