Obama: 'If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen'
President Obama makes some bold statements in a speech at Roanoke, Virginia
U.S. President Barack Obama made some bold statements at a speech in
Roanoke, Virginia. Many of the statements fly in the face of the notion
of the American self-made man and the concept of the American success
story. One chief quote is "If you've got a business - you didn't build
that. Somebody else made that happen."
'There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me - because they want to give something back. They know they didn't - look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own,' President Obama said in a speech delivered in Roanoke, Virginia.
"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me - because they want to give something back. They know they didn't - look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own," the transcript reads.
"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."
Elizabeth Warren made news after she said last September that "there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own - nobody." Her speech was hotly criticized, and now Barack Obama seems to be saying almost exactly the same thing.
The official transcript can be read here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/13/remarks-president-campaign-event-roanoke-virginia
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