American Crossroads is out with a new ad reacting to Pres. Obama’s head-spinning statement about business creation. The ad begins…
“People who’ve worked hard, started a business and created jobs can’t believe what Pres. Obama is saying about them…”
OBAMA: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
The political damage from the President’s remarks July 13 in Roanake, Va., is such that he and his surrogates are spinning hard that his comments were taken out of context, that he was referring to the effort to build roads and bridges on which businesses rely.
To which presumptive Republican GOP nominee Mitt Romney had a great rejoinder, “The context is worse than the quote.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the House Budget Committee Chairman, said that Pres. Obama sometimes “lets the veil slip” on his ideology.
“How does building roads and bridge justify Obamacare?” asked Ryan. “If you like the GI Bill therefore we must go along with socialized medicine. It’s a strange leap that he takes.”
The president’s remarks – in context – were condescending to those who take risks to create, build and run businesses large and small. The country doesn’t need a professorial lecture about all that may contribute to success – or failure, for that matter. What we need is a President who deeply believes, and can articulate, that it is government’s role to protect liberty.