Obama: You Didn't Build That Business, Somebody Else Did

During a campaign stop of Friday in Roanoke, Virginia Barack Obama insulted entrepreneurs and business owners as he spoke about government being what made them what they are. He gave an open handed slap in the face to every entrepreneur in America, and did so with a smile.

Obama claimed that the success of business owners was not that of the owners, but of government "investment" in infrastructure and other projects. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that."

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back,” Obama said. “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."

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," he continued. "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.”

While it's true that all of us have had help in our lives, for none of us would be where we are without people investing something in us, all of that was voluntary. This is something Barack Obama is not willing to tell you. In all of his speeches who gets the glory for his alleged success? He does. He doesn't point to government as what got him where he is, does he?

The same is true with business owners. Government is not the reason that businesses grow and thrive. While the people who begin them have had people invest in their lives, again, those investments were voluntary and often because the person investing in them loved them. All of that had absolutely nothing at all to do with government.

His claim that the internet was "created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet" is just bogus. The internet was not created for that purpose. It was created so that the Department of Defense researchers could share information with one another and with other researchers.

In short form, Barack Obama simply wishes to dismiss the entrepreneurial spirit of business owners and demonize capitalists. He has always been a government hand out kind of guy and has lived on the government dole for the majority of his life. He knows nothing of being an entrepreneur, nor what it takes to manage a business. He certainly has shown he has absolutely no idea how to govern a nation.

Barack Obama would do well to inspire people to greatness, but instead of inspiring, he demoralizes. He wishes he could tell more stories, but we all just wish he would shut up, pack his bags and leave for a country where such thinking as his might be better suited, say Russia.

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  • Betty

    "but we all just wish he would shut up" ?????
    I just wish that republicans would shut up. I'm in shock that after you voted for Bush that you'd get a clue what ridiculous liars you all are. Pointing the finger in hate at anyone who's not a republican.

  • Disgusted

    So, how much history has our resident idiot in the White House read? "Someone" built bridges and roads and yatta yatta......Hmmmm.. "someone" like the first private toll road-builders??? "Someone" like the first Western traill-blazers??? "Someone" like the MUCH LATER American Taxpayer (who, by the way, were able to pay those taxes because they built successful businesses! ) Methinks Obama should go back to school and relearn that NOTHING in our government EXISTS or can be done WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED??? WE, the American voter, must ALSO be reschooled in this......having been rail-roaded, insulted, burned, ill--served by this man, we need to do our duty to our country and VOTE HIM INTO RETIREMENT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidthomas.chavez David Thomas Chavez

    When I heard Obama make those comments about having somebody else bulld your business, It seemed to me that he was speaking about the family of despots that I come from!!! My own brother's lavish life-style was definitely built by somebody else, or through a mysteriously secret life-insurance fund, that my late father was a possesor of, stemming from his status as an Ex-Pow from WW2! My father was an undisclosed millionaire, providing wealth and sustenance to a limitless amount of people, which included all my relatives: my brother and family, their friends and their famlies, and everybody else ... except me! My brother's many, many, Semi-Trucks, Automobiles, SUVs, Boats, Motorcycles, Mansions for his children etc. etc., were all paid off in a very mysterious & anonymous manner, 'almost magical'! I have no idea, how in the world it was done!

  • lizaz

    The moron...is trying to downgrade your efforts to make you feel inferior to him!!!! What a joke!!! We are so superior to this dictator, we will kick his butt out on NOV 6 and retain our FREE country!!! Get involved, people!!!!


    Funny I do not remember anyone from the Governnent coming to help me pull orders for a customer that called me out at 2am.
    I started my business almost 20 years ago and now have 25 employees, and Obama did nothing to help me out. As a matter of fact, his policies have cost my company many thousands of dollars and Obamacare is really going to hurt.
    The increase cost in our insurance for the last 2 years for our employees has cost us an extra 45,000.00. He has done nothing but try to crush our economy so everyone will have to depend on the Govt.. Not going there and we will kick his butt our of Our White House, this November.

  • Rebecca

    It's pretty pathetic that this article takes his message that he's said a couple dozen times and zeros in on the line he flubbed, completely changing the context.

  • Mar

    Obama is a lying a--hole. I pray that Obama loses the presidential election big time in November 2012.

    ROMNEY for 2012!

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.vance1 Adrian Vance

    Can Adrian Vance post here?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_256HIG7C3DWERLTFTF6E56ZMFE Jus' Wonderin'

    Wrong yet again! But what can you expect from someone who has never held a private sector job? Most small business owners start on a shoestring, work 12 hours a day, can't take vacations, sometimes can't afford to take sick days in the beginning.

    Obama wants to take credit for our hard work and sacrifice. Sure, we all had a little help along the way, but it wasn't Government help in most cases.

  • Pete

    Who am I?

    I was born in one country, raised in another.

    My father was born in another country.

    I was not his only child. He fathered several

    children with numerous women.

    I became very close to my mother, as my father

    showed no interest in me.

    My mother died at an early age from cancer.

    Although my father deserted me and my mother raised me,I later wrote a
    book idolizing my father, not my mother.

    Later in life, questions arose over my real name.

    My birth records were sketchy. No one was able to produce a legitimate,
    reliable birth certificate.

    I grew up practicing one faith but converted to Christianity, as it
    was widely accepted in my new country, but I practiced non-traditional beliefs
    and didn't follow Christianity, except in the public eye under scrutiny.

    I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young
    adult,disguising myself as someone who really cared about them.

    That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and
    embarked on a new career.

    I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those
    who read my memoirs thatI had difficulties accepting that my father abandonedme
    as a child.

    I became active in local politics in my 30's; then, with help behind
    the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office
    in my 40s.

    They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything.

    I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history,and no
    experience in leading a single organization.

    Yet I was a powerful speaker and citizens were drawn to me, as though
    I were a magnet and they were small roofing tacks.

    I drew incredibly large crowds during my public appearances. This
    bolstered my ego.

    At first, my political campaign focused on my country's foreign
    policy... I was very critical of my country in the last war, and seized every
    opportunity to bash my country.

    But what launched my rise to national prominence were myviews on the
    country's economy.

    I pretended to have a really good plan on how we could do better, and
    every poor person would be fed and housed for free.

    I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess.

    It was the free market, banks and corporations.

    I decided to start making citizens hate them and, if they became
    envious of others who did well, the plan was clinched tight.

    I called mine "A People's Campaign".

    That sounded good to all people.

    I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the
    traditional path of politics and was able togain widespread popular support.

    I knew that, if I merely offered the people 'hope', together we could
    change our country and the world.

    So, I started to make my speeches sound like they wereon behalf of the
    downtrodden, poor, ignorant to include"persecuted minorities".

    My true views were not widely known, and I kept them unknown,until
    after I became my nation's leader.

    I had to carefully guard reality, as anybody could have easilyfound
    out what I really believed, if they had simply read my writings and examined
    those people associated with. I'm glad they didn't.

    Then I became the most powerful man in the world.

    And then world learned the truth.

    Who am I?


    If you were thinking of SOMEONE ELSE,

    You should be scared, very scared!


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  • bruce Conway

    To Obama
    You didn't build this country. Some one else did

  • J J

    How dare Obama talk down to any business owner....he isn't one, so how would he know anything about it? Business owners pay taxes and employ Americans - is that not a good thing? Obama all to frequently talks down to Americans and I, for one, am tired of his lectures, his demeaning comments and his humiliating talk. His arrogance grows daily.

    This makes me so angry but it seems that every speech that Obama makes has some stupid comment like this that makes me angry. What is surprising is that he doesn't seem to think that he is angering any voters!!!! Why does he think that this will encourage voters his direction?
    Why does Obama have to insult Americans every time he opens his mouth? Obama cannot give credit to anyone who has had idea, worked hard and made a success of a business. Yes, everyone needs help but not from the government!!! In fact. the government is sometime a serious problem to people trying to start a business. The amount of paperwork, the policies, the regulations frequently overwhelm new entrepreneurs and cause them NOT to succeed. Get government out of the way. I would be more inclined to vote for Obama and the Democrats if they talked about removing policies and regulations and getting out of the way. Four more years of Democrat policies will be disastrous for America!!!!

  • Ron

    This country progressed from its early years due to people seeing a need for something and then filling that need. Long before there was a government in this country it was showing growth. Big business started out as a small business that saw a need and found a way to fill it. The government has built the roads and bridges the Odummy is speaking of, however if not for someone willing to invest in a company to build or produce all the things needed the first mile of roads would not have happened. Odummy must have forgotten that tax money paid for the services that he was talking about. Most people do not mind if Tax money is used to build roads and bridges and other progressive projects that put people to work. What they do not like is a government that throws money away on needless and worthless projects.

  • carcos

    President Obama's words yesterday show that he is more indoctrinated than well-educated. Than you liberal universities, you've done a very fine job! Your protege has managed to flush the American economy down the toilet. While his ignorance regarding how the business world works is very underwhelming. His embracing of socialist ideals are costing us dearly. As Margaret Thatcher famously said, "The problem with socialism is that, eventually, you run out of other peoples' money." Obama's arrogance and inexperience are a frightening combination for our country.