So we didn't build this, Mr. President of the United States of America?
Armstrong Williams | 9/21/2012, 1:06 p.m.
It is a great irony that our Presidents Jimmy Carter and now Barack Obama sold themselves to us as builders of unity when in fact they have done just the opposite because of their eagerness to please.
Obama is now on his resentment tour, finding every interest group that he can and then pandering to them with all his might. But that anti-Republican, anti-wealthy coalition-building tour has gone off track. The smartest president in history, Barack Hussein Obama, is currently doing everything he can to distract from his latest and most egregious gaffe in a campaign that has been almost nothing but a long train of gaffes.
Now, I know that many Democrats think that we as Republicans aren't being fair to our president because they think that we're not giving any context to our criticism of the president's statement. Therefore, out of fairness to our president, I will give his statement plenty of context:
"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. 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."
Now, the president and his campaign are claiming that the word "that" refers to roads and bridges. "That," of course, is singular, while "roads and bridges" is plural. How pernicious of those Republicans to assume that he used correct grammar! Shouldn't they have been able to tell by his pseudo-Southern twang that he was talking down to the common plebeians? How else could a guy from Hawaii, who spent his youth in Indonesia, talk like that? He thinks that the American voter is too dumb to use correct grammar and too dumb to realize that he is attacking a straw man.
After all, who would have thought that in a presidential campaign in 2012, in a year with a $1.3 trillion federal deficit and unfunded liabilities somewhere in the neighborhood of $112 trillion, that the main issue of the campaign would be roads and bridges?
Let's assume that the president meant what he now says he meant. In that case, his logic is even worse than his grammar. The argument that he makes in the above gaffe is taken almost directly from another Harvard-associated lawyer, Elizabeth Warren, who is now terrorizing the rational half of the country by running for U.S. Senate. As with Obama's statement, I will be fair and give context to Warren's statement as well: