The minute President Barack Obama uttered the words “you didn’t build that,” the GOP latched on, using the remark to attack the president’s campaign — even going to make it a centerpiece of their convention last week. Asked about the comment, Obama said, while he “regrets” the syntax, he stands by the point he was making.
“Obviously, I have regrets for my syntax,” Obama said in an interview with WWBT-Richmond. “But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying.”
The Obama campaign has argued that the remark, in context, makes sense and isn’t the attack on free enterprise that Republicans have characterized it to be. The comment in question:
“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.”
Republicans have hammered home their attack on those words, with Mitt Romney saying it’s not a gaffe, it’s the president’s true philosophy “that if you have a business, you didn’t build it, someone else did that.”
In the same interview, Obama insisted that the country is better off today than four years ago, conceding that “obviously, we have much more to do.”
(H/T The Hill)
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