Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal wrote a brilliant piece this week about Mr. Obama’s insulting remarks to the millions of business owners of America. As I thought of President Obama’s sixty second statement from his speech, I could not think of anything worse he could have said to business creators. In my opinion, these words by Obama will prove to be the death of his campaign — that is saying a lot since he has made some serious commitments such as promising to bring unemployment down to 6.5% and cutting the national deficit in half. No statement of his compares though with his insulting words to business owners.
What’s the difference between a calm and cool Barack Obama, and a rattled and worried Barack Obama? Four words, it turns out.
“You didn’t build that” is swelling to such heights that it has the president somewhere unprecedented: on defense. Mr. Obama has felt compelled—for the first time in this campaign—to cut an ad in which he directly responds to the criticisms of his now-infamous speech, complaining his opponents took his words “out of context.”
“Out of context.” Hogwash! If you listen to the entire speech, there is no question where Obama’s heart and mind are on the topic of government and business. These statements by Barack Obama are the most revealing of the man to date. No matter what Obama does from this point forward, he will be unable to live down his impassioned words about how business creators owe their start and the building of their businesses to government. Strassel finishes out her weekly column here:
The Obama campaign’s bigger problem, both sides are now realizing, is that his words go beyond politics and are more devastating than the Romney complaints that Mr. Obama is too big-government oriented or has mishandled the economy. They raise the far more potent issue of national identity and feed the suspicion that Mr. Obama is actively hostile to American ideals and aspirations. Republicans are doing their own voter surveys, and they note that Mr. Obama’s problem is that his words cause an emotional response, and that they disturb voters in nearly every demographic.
It’s why Mr. Obama’s “out of context” complaints aren’t getting traction. The Republican National Committee’s response to that gripe was to run an ad that shows a full minute of Mr. Obama’s rant at the Roanoke, Va., campaign event on July 13. In addition to “you didn’t build that,” the president also put down those who think they are “smarter” or “work harder” than others. Witness the first president to demean the bedrock American beliefs in industriousness and exceptionalism. The “context” only makes it worse.
This gets to the other reason the Obama campaign is rattled: “You didn’t build that” threatens to undermine its own argument against Mr. Romney. Mr. Obama has been running on class warfare and the notion that Mr. Romney is a wealthy one-percenter out of touch with average Americans. Yet few things better symbolize the average American than a small-business owner. To the extent that Mr. Romney is positioning himself as champion of that little business guy and portraying Mr. Obama as something alien, he could flip the Obama narrative on its head.
It would be all the more potent were Mr. Romney to use “you didn’t build that” to launch his own economic narrative. One unexpected side effect of “you didn’t build that” is that it has emboldened the GOP to re-embrace and glory in free enterprise (so abused since the financial crash). And the president’s disparaging attack on business has also made voters more open to a defense of it.
I am convinced the only people that really want another four years with Barack Obama as president are those who truly feel entitled to other peoples’ money or those who still hang on to Obama’s original campaign theme of hope and change and who are completely oblivious to truth due to their unwillingness or inability to perform research.
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