DC Trawler

Stop claiming Obama said what he said, just because he said it

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You might think that just because President Barack Obama stepped up to a podium and said certain words in a certain order — “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that” — and it was caught on tape, that means he really said it in real life. Nice try, wingnut! You’re a big fat liar.

Here, shut up for a minute and let him explain:

“Out of context.” Good point, Mr. President. Here’s the context, courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov:

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 context of “You didn’t build that” is: “You didn’t build that because of your hard work and intelligence. You depend on the government, not the other way around.” I can see why he’d want to remind us that he thinks this way.

The Republicans keep being mean to Obama by reminding him of what he said, out loud, into a live microphone, in front of television cameras:

Quoting the President of the United States is racist.

This has now gone beyond Obama’s collectivist, big-government beliefs. Most people have figured those out by now, assuming they haven’t been in a coma for the last four years. This is just the latest example of Obama looking you in the eye and telling you 2 + 2 = 5. This is about the Obama campaign depending on voters being too ignorant to know they’re being told the most blatant, ridiculous lies. This is about Obama thinking Americans are stupid.

And he may have a point. After all, we did elect him.

This guy makes Richard Nixon look like George Washington. I’ll bet his pulse rate didn’t even go up a single BPM as he recorded that ad. He can lie to your face, knowing you know it’s a lie, and it doesn’t bother him one bit. As long as he can still fool enough of the suckers, maybe he can still pull it off in November. He’s gotta hope that part doesn’t change.

Obama 2012: What Else Are You Gonna Do, Rube?

P.S. The Democrats are planning to “go nuclear” in response. That should be fun to watch. I’ve never seen somebody drop a nuke on their own foot.