After several days of radio silence, voices on the left are beginning to react to criticism of the president’s revealing “you didn’t build that” remark. Last night chief AP White House correspondent Ben Feller appeared on FOX News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier to weigh in on the remark. Today it’s another occasional guest on that show, the Christian Science Monitor’s Liz Marlantes, who glumly notes in her headline that the line “may bite back.”
But—big but—both Feller and Marlantes do some fast tap-dancing to circulate the message that enemies on the right are taking the quote out of context. “Examined in context,” Marlantes writes, “it’s pretty clear what the president was trying to say.” But, she adds:
The way it came out, it played right into the Romney campaign’s overall narrative about the president’s failure to understand how business and private enterprise work.
How’s that? The man who was swept into office on the strength of his communications skills had trouble articulating his message?
But back to the main story line. Marlantes defends the remark as “a flubbed version of the famous Elizabeth Warren ‘there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own’ speech that went viral last fall.” That’s it? The best Obama’s defenders can do is claim that he was attempting to parrot an equally idiotic remark by a former member of his cabinet?
Even on that point, the liberal commentators are wrong. Obama wasn’t channeling Warren. He was channeling himself. He made exactly this same comment in October of 2011, a month after Warren made hers. Here are his words:
None of us make [sic] it on our own. Somebody—an outstanding entrepreneur like a Steve Jobs—somewhere along the line he had a teacher who helped inspire him. All those great Internet businesses wouldn’t have succeeded unless somebody had invested in the government research that helped to create the Internet. We don’t succeed on our own. We succeed because this country has, in previous generations, made investments that allow all of us to succeed.
The point was nonsensical then, and it is nonsensical now. The phrase making investments is nothing but doublespeak for the government’s spending of taxpayers’ money—for better or (as is often the case) worse. And Obama is resorting to this spiel as a means of justifying raising taxes on the wealthy, but in so doing he is revealing his obscene intention of double-billing the engine of job creation. A pox on anyone who believes or defends this statist drivel.
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