Small business owners teach Obama a little something about who builds businesses; Update: #BuiltItMyself

As Twitchy reported last night, President Obama uttered an infuriating and offensive remark, in a seemingly endless list of infuriating and offensive things, during his speech in Virginia yesterday. The President decided to slam small business owners and give credit for their successes to the government. Talk to the hand, small business owners!

No, really; sadly, it is not a joke. President Obama said “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Last night, some on Twitter gave him the business. His statement was infuriating enough on its face, but coming from a man who knows nothing about the real world outside of an Ivory Tower, it is downright maddening.

Beyond shake fist-y! Today, some business owners (and builders) are trying to teach him a little something about what it means to build a business and what it entails. Sure, they may not have the vast experience of community organizing on which to draw but they, unlike the president, know what they are talking about.

Bravo and brava!

That’s right. Michelle Malkin, once again, is creating or saving more jobs than President Obama ever has. Not bad for “just a blogger,” huh?

Perhaps President Obama should listen to people who actually function in the real world. Heck, maybe he should stop listening to Nancy Pelosi, who thinks unemployment is the biggest stimulus to the economy (yummy The State checks!) and instead listen to another fellow Democrat Blanche Lincoln? Remember when she rightly dissed his lack of payroll skills?

She also took a swipe at Obama’s White House, referencing a constituent who “fears that there’s no one in your administration that understands what it means to go to work on Monday and make a payroll on Friday.“

Bingo. But that isn’t the full extent; not only is he clueless, but he truly believes The State is paramount and should run all. Everyone must rely on The State for everything; no personal successes. It’s totally not fair if some businesses are more successful, through hard work and determination. The State will do a better job … handing out participation ribbons, at best, only.

To Obama, people can’t succeed on their own without being tethered to and enslaved by The State.

Update: More are speaking out using the hashtag #BuiltItMyself

  • TugboatPhil

    On the other hand, the numerous regulations, inspections and required paperwork filing that makes every small business a nightmare at times….gubmint can take credit for that.

  • catb55

    I don’t think I can add a thing .. good job business owners!

  • gunsmithkat

    #BuiltItMyself All those bugs in the code now belong to somebody else, thanks Barack.

  • vcferlita

    Basically Obama is saying: capitalism bad, big government good.

  • lillymckim

    What does Obama know about business?

    1366 Rechnologies
    Beacon Power
    AES subsidy Eastern Energy

    5 have filed for bankruptcy and the rest are “junk bond rated”

    I guess Obama will blame it on a gambling addiction next.
    and I’m still in business in spite of you Obama!

    • DanMR

      One of the most heart-felt, spot-on comments I have read in a long time.

      • lillymckim

        Thank you.

    • Harry Pratt

      Maybe this is why he made the statement about small business owners not having done it themselves. He was setting up an excuse and way of blaming who else? …The government for his failures. And likely, Bush’s government.
      From someone who has never run, nor operated a business. He hasn’t even been a cashier supervisor at a local McDonald’s. I bet he would argue that he was a professor at Dumb Ass College. And that he is a lawyer. How is it he is telling us what is good for business? Never had a real job. Was never even a real lawyer or real politician. I coined this phrase a while back. “Nuclear Dumbass”! Thanks for your forum.

      • lillymckim


  • sb36695

    My husband started in his mother’s garage. Guess he needs to pay the state for his mother’s help! ABO!

  • William Dean Sr.

    BO is an idiot that NEVER built anything. Both his so called fathers left him, they knew what a dumb kid he was back then. My son built his business without the help of the government.

  • Joe S

    I started my business in financial services at age 24, one year out of college and with no life experience. All I had was a desk and a phone book, and a phone. I made thousands of cold calls and worked 12 hours a day. I incurred $60,000 of credit card debt by age 28 just to keep it going. It took over 10 years to become profitable, and after 17 years I’m doing very well. I did all of this, Mr. President, while you were organizing rallies on college campuses in Chicago. So did millions of other Americans. You are an absolute disgrace to the office of President Of The United States.

  • $20587230

    I believe that if some of those business owners could get their left hand around his neck and a right hand fist……..just saying.

  • BO_stinks

    like hillary says: “it takes a village” LOLOLOLOL sure.

  • brianstretch

    So businessmen can just kick back and play golf while someone else does the work? Just because President Obama gets away with it doesn’t mean that the rest of us can.

  • EnglebertFlaptyback

    If you actually watch the video, he’s quite clearly referring to the roads and bridges and other infrastructure that makes an economy run. Of course, you’ll see what you want to see, and spin it any way that suits you.

    There’s plenty of other crap (drones over US territory? NDAA) that legitimately deserves criticism, but that conservatives have been curiously silent about. But…if this helps you feed your hate-on, knock yourself out, I guess.

    • Doug A. Smith

      Yeah, he is talking about all that stuff. The stuff our tax dollars are SUPPOSED to pay for. What he doesn’t seem to understand, and maybe you don’t either, is that all of us business owners generate the products, services and jobs that provide that tax money. I don’t know of any successful business owner that doesn’t appreciate the fact that they had help from any number of people. Like their parents who instilled a work ethic in them, their customers, teachers, etc…..but it still takes someone willing to risk their own money, and with that, no one else really “helped”.
      Everyone that doesn’t own a business has access to the same things he is talking about, yet they rely on the person that hung it all out there for a job! Unless of course they are content to sit on their a** and take that government check, in which case, I guess the president is right, the government does provide help. Oh wait, the government gets their money from where again??

    • Katz P. Ajamas

      Infrastructure is paid for by those who pay taxes. It’s available to everyone. If there is any thanks that should be given, it is not to government but to everyone who pays taxes. As for business being especially thankful… The same infrastructure is available to every resident, including those who do who do not pay taxes. Obama’s message is that success is not deserved because those who are successful are taking from the system without paying back. If I weren’t convinced he is purposefully deceitful and manipulating, he’d be a good candidate for a diagnosis of delusional grandiosity.

      • SkyePuppy

        I say he is purposefully deceitful and manipulating AND he’d be a good canidate for a diagnosis of delusional grandiosity. In Obama, the two conditions are not mutually exclusive.

    • Gina Jewell Bassman

      You helped pay for that infrasture, not the gov’t. The argument is a simple one:
      Liberal — more goverment which needs more of your money.
      Conservative – less goverment that less of your money.
      In its simpliest terms, seriously, you feel the goverment concept as it has proven it self to be in the last dozen or so administrations has earned your trust to have more of your money? Hope you contribute to your retirement every year, because the money you have been giving to the gov’t out of every pay check is more than likely not going to be there in a decade. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were guaranteed to just get all the money put in back? Not likely. It is on the verge of collapse….the US Post office has not made a dime in history…and, on and on and on. Not a hater….just using common sense.

  • BwBarrnone

    First, You are your environment! Mr. Obama speaks of what he knows and only what he knows. If and when I have a Ghost writer write my first book and I can make a fortune off it, then I would be able to speak as the president has. He has never created an item, he has never invented a product or even took a risk IN HIS OWN MONEY. We the people understand how the President does not grasp how to invest and take risk because we know he has not put forth an effort to do this. Yet he takes our money and he invest in a failed technology. A perfect example of this is Solyndra.
    Now I ask, with everything the President just stated why did Solyndra go bankrupt? If he is so understanding of this wouldn’t he factored in all the support needed.
    I finish with this.
    “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common then unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The Slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
    Calvin Coolidge

  • BwBarrnone

    Another item that is bothering me about this. If this is true, Let’s just say, If I started a deli and it was successful for 3 years, then all of sudden it had a bad year in the 4th year. Why is it the Owner of the Deli, ME, fail and all the so called “supporters” do not? Why is it the one who take a change is the one that takes the hit??

    Also, why was it the bond holders of GE that took the hit, yet the Union did not.

    Also, why did GE move a lot of it jobs to China. Oh wait that’s another story.

  • Susan Quinn

    So I didn’t work 2 other jobs including waitressing, bar tending and cleaning houses while building my Window Treatment Business? Then who did I ask you Mr. president?

  • Randy van Vliet

    Obummer… I am a sole proprietor, too old to be a contractor, so I started a Handyman service. I fix more broken shit in a day than you have being almost 4 years in office,and I didn’t need to go to Harvard to learn how to do it, because I was born with common sense . No one else does it for me, or built it for me, my business. #BuiltItMyself

    • trishaprovence

      Without anyone’s help; ever? Never used the internet or read a book or asked for advice on filing taxes, etc.?

      • Gina Jewell Bassman

        What I love about about his recent gaff is that not only did he kick the hard working samll business conservative, but a lot of liberal small business owners have to of felt the kick, too. If they didn’t, they sure will when all those new Obama proposed taxes kick’em.. @Trisha – Hope you are not employed by a small business, they are going to have less spend on little luxuries like labor soon.

      • Faith Meilof Steketee

        Trisha – Business owners PAY for access to the internet, books and advisors. Thus they help each other. Do you seriously not understand how things work?

        • trishaprovence

          Clearly you’ve missed the point. Let me explain it to you, and maybe you’ll find a way to grasp the concept. Whether you take free advise from an individual, or pay for legal advice, SOMEONE ELSE WAS THERE to help you along the way. You did not do it alone. Sheesh. Some people are so wrapped up, imagining that they could (or do) survive without anyone else. Sorry, people, but given our species, it really does take a village. But hey, want to prove me (and Evolution) wrong? 1. Find an isolated island 2. Move there 3. Eat or be eaten.

          • LightSabre

            Off your meds today?

          • Rex Arnold

            Clearly you missed the implication. It is clear you have NEVER attempted to build a business. You are like the guy on the bus that sees the robber pointing his gun at someone else and remarking that he probably has a good reason. Well wait till the guns been pointed at you before you take your condescending arrogant entitlement attitude and publish it.

          • Lynnette Romero Hebert

            Evolution?? What a joke! When was the last time you saw a monkey climb out of a tree, put on a suit and go to work??? Oh wait, that would be OBAMA!!! He makes about as much sense…

          • Travlgent

            Trisha–providing and paying for goods and services does not equate to “help”. It’s commerce, and when an agreed fee and service are concluded, no one owes anything to the other. If the parties mutually agree to continue the relationship via free will, then so be it. If I cut your grass this year for a fee and then show up broke next year with my hand out, reminding you that I “helped” you last year and want more money this year so that I can cut your neighbor’s grass, what would you say?

      • Orangeone

        Entitlement chick are ya?

    • Orangeone

      Wish you were near me so I could hire you from time to time!

  • Susan Quinn

    So I worked 3 other jobs (waitressing, bar tending, and cleaning houses) while building my Window Treatment Business. I ask you Mr. President, then who did?

  • docmacs

    The little elves came in at night and did all the work while I peacefully slept.

  • dean0677

    You all went to school, right? Then you had help. Got advice from some? Got a loan? More help. Did your business succeed? Know someone who worked just as hard or had an even better idea but their business didn’t succeed? Why not? Know people who work hard, or harder, and are as smart, or smarter than you but aren’t as “successful”? Think maybe a little bit of LUCK was involved there? Stop patting yourselves on the back. You’re fortunate. But don’t for a second think you earned it on your own. Be grateful. Show some gratitude and humility. And help others not so lucky.

    • BruceMichaelGrant

      Why didn’t EVERYONE who ‘went to school’ or ‘got advice from someone’ or ‘got a loan’ become rich and successful then? Could those who did have done something on their own separately from Obama?

      • dean0677

        As I said, good fortune and circumstance has a lot to do with it. Form simply avoiding getting hit by a bus to a deal that paid off where another didn’t. Life is a lot more random than people think, especially the “winners” who give themselves more credit than they probably deserve. Just be grateful.

        • Gina Jewell Bassman

          u r insane.. yes, I went to school. paid all 4 years by working during the day and school at night …no loans….but, 16 hour days for 10 years to get it done. LUCK is not in the equation for small businesses nor does the gov’t get the credit for the taxable income I earned without any loans from anybody. What are all these unlucky people doing when I am working 16 hours a day to make my business succeed. Send them my way and I will pay them the hourly rate I earned the first 5 yrs while I tried to build my business about $2 hour. Is that enough help for you?

          I am going to pat myself on the back you jack ass…. and all the other small business owners that work their butts off, take enormous risks, and are some of the most hard working, driven people on the planet. LUCK is 2%, Help is 3%, SWEAT EQITY is 95%. Do you even know the concept of sweat equity?

          Seriously….you are clueless.

        • John Clean

          Chris, there are three kinds of people in the world. People who make things happen, people who watch things happen, and the people who don’t know what is happening. The people who make things happen are your employers, the people who watch what happens are your talented, dedicated supervisors, and the people who don’t know what’s happening are your hourly workers. The difference between the first one and the last two is the first one is there to padlock the door behind the sheriff when the business goes broke and the other two are working somewhere else.

          • Orangeone

            Could I add a fourth kind of people? People who take credit for what others have accomplished.

        • BruceMichaelGrant

          Who else deserves the credit for putting you in a position where you get to wear a fancy suit? Not you.
          By your own logic, you simply had to ‘avoid getting hit by a bus’. (I do admit I wouldn’t take credit for that necktie though.)

          • BruceMichaelGrant

            Why does Obama get credit for OUR successes but no blame for HIS failures?
            Obama poured billions of OUR taxpayer dollars into ‘green’ ventures which either failed outright (e.g. Solyndra etc.) or survive only through massive government subsidies (e.g. US Navy being forced into using overpriced biofuels).
            Who gets the ‘credit’ for those boondoggles?

          • dean0677

            Who gets credit? My parents, who encouraged me to educated myself and work my way trough school and passed along the genes that gave me a high IQ. My teachers who motivated me (well, some of them anyway). My wife who encouraged me to take risks in my career. My mentors. The doctors that kept me alive when I almost died. My kids who make me want to go the extra mile. My faith. My latest boss, who hired me into this senior position that I hold where I get to wear a fancy suit. My employees, who make me look good. I am nothing without them. And yeah, the tie is my fault.

          • BruceMichaelGrant

            OK. Let’s review. YOU got educated. YOU worked your way through school. YOU paid attention to your teachers while others smoked pot and dropped out. YOU chose a good wife. YOU took informed risks which apparently paid off. YOU demonstrated humility and wisdom and surrounded yourself with experienced and positive people and LISTENED to them. YOU fought for your own life. YOU convinced an experienced man (who recognizes the difference between competence and bullsh*t) to promote you into a ‘senior’ position where YOU work daily to earn and maintain respect both from above and below and also by clients.
            Do YOU get it now?
            Now if someone wants to share credit, that’s fine. Just share it with those who truly deserve it.
            And Obama and his socialist termites who are eating away at the very concept of individual success certainly DO NOT deserve it.
            (Except perhaps for the tie.)

          • Gina Jewell Bassman

            @BruceMichaelGrant…..I like your perspective. Well said.

    • Mailmam

      Wrong there Bucko. These people did all the right things to get their business going The only real help they had was the talent that GOD
      gave them. The talent to persevere and think and ask their mentors and work hard. They were not alone but luck? GOD was on their side and don’t you forget it

      • dean0677

        So if you did everything right and your business failed it’s because GOD hates you?

        • Gina Jewell Bassman

          And, you would imply that if my business failed the gov’t hate me? They could care less…..Oh, I take that back….they would love for me to fail, so maybe I would turn into another liberal vote. Then we’d be one step closer to building a nation of social programs verses what our country was founded on…”the land of opportunity”. To succeed with freedom to work hard at what we love and not the land of opportunity for hand outs.

    • Bitterblue

      Oh, so should we thank you? Who the hell should we be grateful to if luck were involved? Yeah, we DID earn it on our own, thank you very much. You don’t know us. You’re nobody to tell us to be grateful…I suppose you think I should be grateful to a bunch of lazy welfare queens? Is that it? Or should I slave away so the lazy welfare queens of this country can buy new flat screen TVs and designer shoes for their bastards?

      Yeah, I am just soooooo grateful to all the big spending morons who were stupid enough to think that borrowing money from China was a good idea. I think not – I really, really think not.

    • Angie Coleman

      I did go to school, and the govt. did not give me so much as a pell grant. I worked 2 crappy jobs and busted my ass. No one here is patting ourselves on the back we are simply saying the govt. did not build our business we did and we are the ones taking the risk, people win and lose all the time, but WE own the failure or the reward no one else.

  • John Cal

    I didn’t realize it was possible to build a business without customers, employees, bank loans. Since when has it been possible to build wealth without the help of others? This is what Obama was saying. Obviously none of you get it. I have been a business owner and I understand that without my employees and especially my customers who also work hard for their money. I would have been bankrupt real quick.

    • Political Splash

      FYI… You can only get customers after you’ve created a product people will buy. And you can only create a product people will buy if you are willing to sacrifice your time, talents, and resources to do so. The fact that you have to be told this is mind-boggling. Yes, I own a business. I have never taken a bank loan. I invested what little money I had, then invested more of my own money when other income came in from my own products sale. I love how in the minds of liberals advice and school are equal to being the one who sweated and sacrificed to start and keep a business open. I have yet to receive a check from these “Someone Else’s” to pay a single bill for my company. I am not holding my breath that after Obama’s statement which is a staggering feat of retardation. I am not however shocked that such a stupid statement would come from such a stupid man. I can’r believe he’s running the country. Strike that. He actually isn’t running it, is he.

    • trishaprovence

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. John, obviously they don’t get it, and they won’t, because their minds are made up not to.

      • Gina Jewell Bassman

        Yep, you are right. My mind is made up..
        Liberal — more gov’t and more of my money to mismanage
        Conservative — less gov’t and less of my money mismanage
        The gov’t has miss managed the tax money the got out of your hard earned dollars already.

    • Bitterblue

      Customers only get so much credit – they are not involved with the hard
      work it takes to keep a business running. Customers certainly did not
      BUILD any of these businesses – they come after the fact.

      Furthermore, you’re an ass if you think that any of Obama’s critics above are not grateful to their employees – in fact, they’re so grateful to their employees that they *GASP* PAY THEM!!! Yeah, that’s how they show gratitude – in exchange for labor, use of skills and knowledge, an employee gets a paycheck. I guess for most Democrats, that isn’t enough.

      I’d love to see each and every one of your precious customers create whatever crap you sell, or provide whatever service you provide. I, for example, am grateful to Apple for creating the (admittedly old) computer I am using to type and post this comment. I don’t act as if I helped build Apple into the corporation it is simply because I am a customer. In fact, Apple was founded when I was a small child, so I know for sure that I had absolutely nothing to do with the building of their business, and as one of billion customers, I probably didn’t have much to do with their current enormous success. But then again, I’m not a socialist, so I am not so arrogant to think that my being a customer of any company, big or small, makes me *super special* or anything like that.

      If I had a small business, I’d like to maintain control over the profits I make. That’s one thing I, or any of the critics above have ever asked. Furthermore, I’d also like to ensure that any taxes I send to the government are spent wisely, and not wasted on lazy people who made bad decisions and now expect the government to feed them because they’re too lazy to take responsibility for their own lives. That’s the other thing any of the critics, including myself, have ever asked for.

      So if you want to worship your customers and employees, go for it. Just don’t expect the rest of us to do the same.

  • BruceMichaelGrant

    Obama has made it clear that he’s written off white middle class Americans this election cycle. Everything he’s been saying is intended to pander to the hateful mobs that believe the rest of us owe them a living.
    Obama doesn’t care if we’re offended by his serial lies, false accusations or his disregard for laws and Constitution because he doesn’t think we’re powerful enough to defeat him.

  • Frank DiSalle

    Interesting equation, Barry – You didn’t it all by yourself, so you didn’t do it all. That means 1) No one deserves credit for anything they do, because they wore clothes , ate food, and what not, provided by others, right?
    2) But who paid for all those things? The government? Oh, no, Barry! The government gets all of its money – ALL OF IT – from “the folks” (sound eerily like “the volk” , doesn’t it? )

  • trishaprovence

    People are crazy. You guys missed this part, (when you were taking what he said out of context) – “The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our
    individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” I guess that’s probably really offensive, too? LOL. Crazy.

    • trishaprovence

      Oh, and this part: “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.” — But I guess none of you had help from anybody, right? No teachers, mentors, parents, etc. Riiiiight.

      • Clorinda Madsen

        What President Obama is doing is diluting and spreading around the accomplishments of any small business owner. All that sweat, worry, and time invested is nothing compared to the infrastructure that others put in place for you to get where you are. It doesn’t matter what idea you had, what work you did. Because you researched the knowledge of someone else, because someone else gave you the basis of your idea, your hard work means nothing.

        In that case, every medalist in every sporting event should share their gold medal with all the people who REALLY made it happen. It wasn’t the talent and constant practice that won that race. It was really your coach, your mother and the school that provided the track for you to run on that won that gold medal.

        People do appreciate those who came before, those who motivated them. But it really is the individual business owner who put in the time to FIND that previous research, to THINK about how it could be differently applied, who CREATED the business plan, who FOUND those other resources from software to buildings that built the business.

        Do you honestly think that Mrs Gregory from the Fourth Grade who inspired the kid as a student and Such and Such construction company (another small business just trying to provide a service) who built that series of office/store/manufacturing buildings that are REALLY the ones responsible for the successful little plumbing business/attorney’s office?

        And a lot of the people who help us have been helped by us as well. Somebody created accounting software for small businesses. So yes, they helped get your business going. But you paid for their services. And guess what? Their employees will need a plumber or a hair salon or an attorney to help them someday.

      • mhojai

        if your premise was valid then EVERYONE who has those experiences would HAVE to have the same results …the point remains…the individual sees the value, does the work, and should get the fruit of his labors, NOT the whining parasites!!!

  • Scott Warga

    I built my business, 10-16 hours a day, I hired people to work with me once i could provide a fair wage for each of them. My business growth is currently stalled as I wait to see what becomes of this healthcare mess. Health care is a benefit offered by businesses that want the better employees, not a right of the worker. If I have to provide healthcare, I will have to go back to being self employed with no one else working with me. I simply can’t afford it. Oh not only did the Government not build my business, but they taxed the snot out of me while I was building it. I have to pay the government to make money. That is just wrong.

  • Amerikanetz

    I’m working 7 days a week after 23 years of intermittent success, trying to rebuild my Architect business after the housing holocaust and Great Recession devastated it. How any business owner can support this ignorant blowhard campaigner-in-chief is a mystery to me! I wish I could have played 100 rounds of golf in the last 3.5 years. My total: zero, same as Obozo’s business experience.

  • David Spenard

    I think he meant to say, “if you love your country and it was destroyed, you didn’t do it, I did.”

  • BeeKaaay

    I wonder if Obama will dare say to his cronies that they didn’t get rich on their own. Because ONLY THEN is that true :)

  • CMS

    Oh Lordy

  • Mark Sommer

    I just read the transcript of the speech, and though this was a rather ill-conceived sentence, in context, that’s not really what he was saying. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not an Obama supporter by any means. But if we’re going to criticize the man, let’s make sure we knew what he said and not use the same tactics his campaign does and take sentences out of context.
    Here’s the immediate context: “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 point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”
    It’s a bit unclear if “that” refers to the business itself, or the infrastructure needed to make the business work.

    • Todd Edler

      it is pretty clear to me…he has no idea what he’s talking about…and the only thing he “really” wants is to take from the haves and give to the have nots, regardless of the hard work the haves have put into thier businesses and the lack of hard work by some of the have nots.

    • Mina Larsen

      I don’t think the context helps. If he wanted to say we’re all part of a society created by the effort of past and present generations, why didn’t he? I live in a socialist country, and not even the communists would dare offending working people like that.

    • Carl Brown

      when you put it in context, it is still meaningless… after all, if NO ONE ever took a risk and they just stayed home and did nothing, there were still great teachers… there were still roads and bridges… there’s still the internet.

      let’s face it, if you build a business and someone does not, you both had the same resources, infrastructure, etc… the difference is this –> someone took a risk!

      and if we don’t reward the risk-takers, then before long, EVERYONE will be on the dole.

  • Cherry Walker

    He has once again taken another’s words (Just words!) …only this time he stole from Faux Cohantas Warren…

  • Julia

    Hmm–I never got a dime from anyone..I paid for everything I have..including high property and business taxes ,. Never got a loan either….never got a college degree… No Money………. just worked ALOT, and relentlessly. Paid off real nice :} so NO MO BAMA a question for ya… IF all of this was given/ set up for us, then why are 1 in 7 on food stamps? Why did only a few of us, i.e. the 2% make it? Oh, maybe because we have ethics, and honor…maybe because 2% is the percent that works, and builds, and gives, and pays taxes….. The 2% carries the 98% …yeah, that sounds right. How smart can Obama be to alienate those of us that pay… Wish we could go back to the day when Hawaii was not a US State :}

  • John

    Since my small business failed and I owe the IRS taxes to the tune of about $10,000 can I count on the government pickup up half that tab? Yeah, didn’t think so. Typical liberal B.S., they’re there to try and claim credit when things are good but don’t know you when things go south.

  • Access Mini Storage

    I built my business from the ground up! it was supposed to be MY retirement plan! Turns out every dime of would be profit is going to property taxes and to pay pensions of others. I will be working til im 80 should I live so long! So I AM THE ONE MAKING IT HAPPEN FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT WORKERS MR. Onothing! I am tired of being punished for daring to be self employed!

  • hillbilly

    Business is easy…especially writing books as facts while using make believe…and someone else does the writing…did he borrow the technique from “Biden’s borrowed facts”??????

  • Angie Coleman

    As a self-employed business owner, I would like to say, The GOVT. has not given me anything. I am not rich, some months barely scrape by, especially since 2008. I started my business in 1999with exactly one paycheck from the job I was leaving that I EARNED and a computer I BOUGHT.Maybe I missed it, but I never saw any govt. officials helping me out at 1am completing an order.This comment is beyond offensive. I respect his office and have tried to be respectful to the man, maybe he could try to respect small business and all each of us has done ON OUR OWN WITHOUT THE GOVT. TO BUILD OUR OWN BUSINESSES!

  • mhojai

    Obama can’t wipe his butt by himself. He projects his own impotence upon the American people.
    If the business man didn’t do it, why TAX him, you moron?!
    His lying a$$ makes up his “stories” as he goes along, imagining what might sound “fair” to his parasitical base.
    He is a disgrace!

  • Rayne

    This is psychological…Obama has never done anything for himself…He has always needed someone else to do everything for him…Because of this, he had to convince himself that no one else can do anything on their own either, so that he doesn’t feel so weak and incompetent.

    So yes, he truly does believe this, because he has to…His ego can’t handle the truth.

  • BeeKaaay

    Remember Obama believes that all money belongs to the Federal Government, and that any money in your pocket is just the government being “generous” to you.

    So no wonder he doesn’t know how businesses work.

  • Tim Johns

    This man is not acting as a president, he’s a cult leader and his cult followers just eat up his ramblings.

    • trishaprovence

      Similar to religious teachings; preachers, the Bible, the church……… Interesting.

      • Noelani W

        You know, I would return your filth with more filth, but that would be un-Chrisitan of me….

  • Carolyn Scott

    What kind of business person parses one sentence out of a whole story and ignore the whole point – it takes a community to make a business successful.

    ” 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 point is, is that when we
    succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also
    because we do things together. There are some things, just like
    fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody
    had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize
    fighting fires. “

  • DanMR

    In other words, those who started these businesses didn’t do without or possibly mortgage their home while struggling to get their dream going. Somewhere along the way, I believe, Obama too had a dream. Where and when did he decide his dream comes true when this country’s soul is ripped from its body?
    Please, Liberals and others who feel they are doing the right thing by voting him in, do not give him 4 more years. It might be the last 4 years of freedom we experience.

  • Carl Brown

    when we fail, or when we’re lazy, or when we bury our talents, there’s still good teachers and good roads and the internet… someone can still be there for us even if we squander what they do.

    THE thing that makes a difference is when someone takes a risk.

  • Greg Halvorson

    Obama is DISGUSTING… $%#$%!! No words…. He’s is ROT.

  • Jerry Fischer

    Maybe I should let all my employee’s chip in and pay my taxes seeing that they built my business. What do you expect from someone who never was in business for himself. Hey maybe we need another stimulus package to help hire people to increase the deficit even more. He is the most unqualified President since Jimmy Carter!

  • Wayne

    Our President karl Marrrr uh I mean Barak Obama thinks nobody can do anything themselves. I wish someone in the media would take him to task and ask for an explanation as to who exactly help these small business people. The governments regulations are a deterrent to starting a business not an assistant. This Pres is a guy who has never done anything on his own therefore he cannot relate. He doesn’t even understand how many people he alienates with his disgusting comments. This is quite possibly the most arrogant admin ever.

  • Stephen Bateman
    • Angie Coleman

      Yeah we read it, we watched it, and we understand it, we know how he is trying to defend it, and we understood it when Elizabeth Warren proposed it, and we are all still offended by it.

  • Harry Pratt

    Recently, I pointed out in a post on another subject, which I feel is absolutely relevant to this subject.
    Barrak Obama has an absolute commitment to the collapse of the american economy. Proven by his steadfast alliance and adherence to the “Bill Ayers- Doctrine”. If they collapse the economy, they can rebuild the country’s financial structure with their socialistic intentions and re-distribution of wealth. The more poor Americans dependent upon the gov’t., the more recipients of welfare distribution to cast votes for the dictators of those funds. They are power hungry, class warfare-mongers. All the lies are compiled into the plan. Pretty simple to read. If you are not one of the “dumbed down”, public educated, “what can I get”, culture victims. Or one of the under-educated poor immigrants, duped into thinking they will gain fortune.
    Wait until they realize that they are only here to be poorly paid immigrant workers. So Obama can use them to claim that he is not outsourcing. Which he is not, he is “in-sourcing”, with lower wage imported workers. While taking the food from the mouths of the born and bred legal Americans, that will lose their jobs and employment benefits, houses and opportunities for education and prosperity? And will find it more difficult to qualify for the same benefits as the import workers. They may not even be able to qualify for the benefits for which they have contributed so much of their oh-so-valuable paychecks. What is going to happen to the overall economy when everyone, from the top to the bottom, realize the fallacy and fraud that has been played upon them. And when China and Russia conspire over; Iran, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and other parts of Asia as well as Europe, and call in their debts?… Will Americans be able to dig deep down and reach that inner strength to fight off the potential enslavement that Obama has laden upon them with the noxious, false and treasonous proposals of a Hitler? To ward off this entrapment?
    Better to stop it now. At the election, than within the Obama court.

  • MrCrashHappy

    If the credit for successfully building a business doesn’t belong to the owner, then to whom does the responsibility belong for the two out of three start-ups that fail?

  • Travlgent

    No, we did not build the roads. We just paid the bill for them to be built. Yes, we use the roads and bridges, but so do those who pay not one dime into the system. The Chief Executive of our country–who cannot pass or manage a budget–is lecturing the most fiscally competent people in the country about the relationship between government and business by basically telling us we’re no smarter and we don’t work any harder than other people. Well, we’ve figured out how to eliminate the corporate middleman and provide for ourselves what the government is trill trying to figure out how to provide for the rest of you. Hard work and an independent spirit are the keys. Thank you for your non-support, Mr. President–and enjoy the votes of those who agree with you. Their numbers are fading by the speech.

  • Kimberly L. Weaver

    My Father built his welding business out of pure hard, hot, tough work. My Father also paid taxes to help build the roads that brought us the steel to weld and the bearings and sprockets, etc. to build sawmills and machinery. Obama hasn’t a clue and I don’t understand why he hasn’t been impeached. The man and most of his administration ought to be jailed!

  • Joel Johnson

    Wow! What a complete lack of an ability to apply a pronoun to an antecedent. What Obama said was that YOU didn’t build the infrastructure yourself! Your tax money did. YOU built your business with a gov. sponsored education, with a skilled workforce that was educated by gov. sponsored program and people use roads to get to your business (that YOU built). Read the UNEDITED speech below and see if THIS is still the reason you hate him. I’m sure you have plenty of other reasons to. The original tweet you are all referencing omits the antecedent within that hyphen so that SBOs will take offense. Both side of the media are a joke!