The Death of Obama’s Campaign Will Prove to be Four Words

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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10 Responses to The Death of Obama’s Campaign Will Prove to be Four Words

  1. David Parker says:

    Kim Strassel’s oped was spot on, thanks for sharing.

  2. AfricansforRomney says:

    What irritates me more is that his explanation and the intellectual dishonesty right in our face. These dopeheads think we’re stupid?errrrrrrrrrr
    The CHOICE is simple.
    Obama DEMONIZE success and,
    Gov Romney appreicate success, appreciate, reward hard work and beleives in America.
    Obama is making our choice clear by revealing his deep down anti capitalist agenda.

    One Love, The only choice, Gov Romeny!!!

  3. Annette S says:

    Good post Vic….as always

    Obama’s whole economic policy is government spending and then raising taxes on the so called rich to pay for it. Obama has talked so much about the wealthy paying their fair share. I don’t think a lot of people realize that he’s talking about $200-$250K a year. This is not wealthy. This is the small business class. Some of the most effective ads have been showing business owners working with their hands. We also see the investment they have in equipment and inventory.

    Obama’s now infamous “you didn’t build that” speech shows his complete disdain for the entrepreneur. He talks about how they think they’re so smart and they think they work harder than anyone else. They used the bridges and roads that the taxpayer paid for so they owe us. This goes far beyond….the Wealthy aren’t paying their fair share. Wealthy to many mean the CEO’s who collect huge bonuses, the millionaires & billionaires. This is ….I can’t stand the entrepreneur …….we need a government directed economy.

    Obama will never be able to walk this one back. That’s what happens when Obama is off his teleprompter. He shows his true colors. Romney 2012!!

  4. Victor Lundquist says:

    Taxes are paid by small business owners among others. Bridges and roads are therefore paid for by business owners. They are not helped by government! They are helped by themselves by producing the profits that pay the taxes.

    Also, what about business failures? The vast majority of new business start ups fail. Where is the government then? The government is only responsible for the successes? Why not the failures too?

  5. JediMormon says:

    The Multiple Choice President

    This is becoming beyond laughable. First, A: Obama says “you didn’t built that“, then, B: he complains that the comment was taken out of context, then, C: he states that he really did say it but that it wasn’t what he meant, and now, D: he’s put out an ad presenting the idea that middle class success is what will best help the economy (something Mitt Romney has been saying in one form or another since day one of the campaign).

    As for me, I prefer choice “F”: as in, Forget it Mr President–we’re not buying your cheesy dodges!

  6. Cathy says:

    Mr. Obama should know about not building things. All he knows how to do is tear down and destroy. He wants this country to fail at everything so he can usher in a government of “Obamacricy.” It will be the end of freedom as we know it. Stop him now, before we all wake up and not know what hit us.

  7. Fer says:

    When Obama says “you didn’t build that” refers to the infrastructure, not the business itself, he reveals his ignorance. The government has revenue BECAUSE OF and THANKS TO the sum of all the business who pay huge sums in taxes, AND the jobs they provide, which allow those of us who work for them to also pay taxes. Everyone else, meaning everyone working for government, or on welfare, or poor, or unemployed, is a tax liability, at least until they get themselves a job and start paying. So vast majority of the expense falls on business and those whom business employs. The truth is that, yes, you built that, and you continue to pay for it over and over.
    Go Mitt!!

  8. Victor Lundquist says:

    Fer, Obama has no grounds in his “context” assertion. Why? The infrastructure to which he refers was roads and bridges. His statement was “You didn’t build that.” Singular. If he meant roads and bridges, he would have said, “You didn’t build them” or “You didn’t build those.”

    BTW, business owners did in fact build them! The money does not come off some money tree! Tax revenue comes right out of the pocket of business owners, among others of us!

  9. Tracey says:

    Obama is off his game. He is struggling to keep and that is resulting in gaffes. Keep em coming Obama…we are counting on it.

  10. Cathy says:

    If Obama stays, we all can celebrate “Dependence Day” on the 4th of July from now on.