What Obama said about who built your business; or, there goes Romney, lying again

 

Romney is at it again, doctoring what Obama said, and saying that the doctored version shows that Obama doesn’t understand or believe in America. Sadly a lot of people have bought Romney’s falsification.

Here’s what Obama said in Roanoke, Virginia on July 13:

“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 Romney commercial doctored the quote, dropping all but the underlined part, to change Obama’s meaning from, successful people had help along the way, to, somebody else built your business:

“If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Romney isn’t the only one twisting Obama’s meaning. Charles Krauthammer heads his Washington Post column today with, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Print journalism should have a higher standard than Romney’s.

 

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