Obama tells Michael Phelps “You didn’t win that!”

Obama tells Michael Phelps “You didn’t win that!”
By Guest Opinion,

Rumor has it that after USA Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps won his 19th gold medal (most in Olympic history) President Obama called him to congratulate him and remind him “You didn’t win that!” This was in continuation of his famous campaign speech where he told an audience that business owners “Didn’t build that” and that American entrepreneurs owe their success essentially to a much unthanked government. Obama surely reminded Phelps that it was government that paved the roads that allowed him to get to the swimming pool and the government of Great Britain who allowed London to host the Olympics. It surely was not Michael Phelps hard training or his personal triumph over ADHD or his coach or single parent mother’s inspiration. It was government.

Obama makes the point that government has a hand in everything we do in life therefore please make way for more government hands so government can meddle their way to more success. Most people would think when it comes to government influence, especially in business, that it is often government as the single most destructive force in ruining a businesses. It is not like Multnomah County tried to shut down a 9-yera old girl’s lemonade stand for not having a permit (oh yeah I guess they did do that).  Then again, government only takes credit and no responsibility for what it does.

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  • HBguy

    Is OC trying to be stupid? I can understand why this was unattributed.

  • valley person

    Phelps got a lot more help than paved roads. Both of his parents were public employees, one a cop and one a school teacher. So he was raised by public union thugs. He attended our failed public school system, and started his swimming career in the Townsend school pool.

    What have the Romans ever done for us?. Well, they built schools and hired teachers, hired cops, and built public swimming pools.

    • 3H

      Sssshhhh.. you’re harshing their failed attempt at satire.

  • pbags

    On the other hand, someone actually DID say essentially the same thing:
    “You didn’t get here by yourself – You had a lot of help”…from Romney’s 2002 Olympic speech to the athletes. Look it up. Plus, let’s not forget, that Romney himself, through his Bain Capital, took advantage of hundreds of millions of dollars in *government* benefits — in the form of favorable tax treatment of DEBT — i.e. he had HELP, he didn’t do it entirely on his own. Simple concept, really.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Frankly I have no reason to doubt that Obama likes athletes. Ive never seen him giving a speech disparaging them and trying to raise up a crowd to be antagonistic towards them.

    Business, especially small business, is a different matter. When you stand in front of a crowd, give a speech to disparage one group of people in order to antagonize another group of people towards them, that’s on a whole different level. Obama did that with business owners in his now infamous Roanoke speech. I frankly don’t think his hatred could have been any more clearly expressed had he given the speech in the original German version.

    • HBguy

      As a small business owner, I don’t feel disparaged by the speech you refer to. I heard more than the 6 seconds a lot of people are referring to. It was a call out to everyone, including business people obviously, to remember that we’re all in this together and that the efforts of our forefathers/mothers who invested in our infrastructure, and our past and current wage earners and businesses that pay taxes for our schools, have all contributed to our economy and communities allowing some great opportunities for enterprenuership.

      I happen to be a small business person who believes that as well.

      Obama wasn’t attacking small business people. He was criticizing those people who diminish the value of America and the past and current efforts of the American people who invested in our society. He was fingering those that prefer to claim all credit for their success 100% to themselves. People that say, I got mine by myself, now cut my taxes and government spending and you go get yours by yourself. Schools aren’t worth the investment. Let our roads and bridges crumble.

      • Rupert in Springfield

        I think what you are trying to argue here is pretty unsustainable by the speech Obama gave and the reaction of the crowd.

        The crowd was clearly not expressing agreement that finally, at last, Obama was standing up against those bastards in society that have abnormal antipathy to road and bridge construction.

        Obama is clearly speaking about all business owners, not those with a hatred of infra structure, when he uses the words “so if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that”. In the speech. In the firestorm after I don’t recall him saying “no no, I was only speeking about business owners who hate sidewalks”

        In short – You don’t get the reaction that speech got from the business community because a huge swath of them totally misunderstood what Obama was saying, or because most of them have a dramatic antipathy to road and bridge construction.

        You get the reaction that thing got because it was ugly, disturbing, and quite frankly something we have seen some of the worst leaders in political history use as a divisive tactic to diminish their own failures.

        You can take it anyway you want. I have often maintained on these pages that there is a crowd that is totally incapable of saying anything Obama does is wrong. With the speech, any defense of it confirms such membership in my view.

        • 3H

          “”so if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that”.

          And what words preceded those words Rupert? In what context were they spoken? Because that is the key to understanding what he said… the context. Once again Rupert, and I’ve warned you about this, you need to look at the forest and not focus on just one tree.


          • 3H

            “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.”

            Now, which part of the above statement do you disagree with? Do you think private business owners really did build, on their on, the infrastructure they use? Because that is what Obama is talking about. Unless, again, you’re confused by the trees.

            More of the speech:

            “”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. 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

            “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.

            “So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you
            know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we
            funded the G.I. Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how
            we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we
            invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or
            fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m
            running for President — because I still believe in that idea. You’re
            not on your own, we’re in this together.”

            Since you always admit when you’re wrong, I await your retraction.


          • Rupert in Springfield

            >Since you always admit when you’re wrong, I await your retraction.

            Once again, now twice in one thread – please read what you are responding to before doing one of your legendary pratfalls.

            I made quite clear that the context of “you didn’t build that” doesn’t matter.

            Even if we accept the absurd explanation that Obama was railing against business owners with antipathy towards bridge construction – even if we accept that nonsense, the fact is he was whipping up a crowd be singling out and denigrating a group.

            The fact is, when Obama was called out on the speech, he never said “Oh no, I was really only speaking about those business owners who hate bridges, thoe business owners who think the built the internet, not all business owners”

            Got it?

            I said it in my post.

            If you had actually read, as I have urged you to do in the past, you wouldn’t keep making this same mistake.

            This is twice in a row where you have made a complete idiot out of yourself.

            Please, lets not make it three in a row.

            Stop hanging on my every comment.

            I don’t comment on every one of your posts, there is no reason for you to have to comment on every one of mine.

            If you do comment on my post – try and think it out a little. This comment here, as well as your absolutely insane comments on the gun post really weren’t well thought out.

            Frankly if I were you I would maybe take a breather. Don’t take my every post as an opportunity to attack me. You simply aren’t very good at it. This post here is ample evidence of it since it is so demonstrable you didn’t read what you were responding to.

            Hopefully this helps – just step back, you don’t have to comment on everything I write. You aren’t going to get anywhere with ill thought out replies. I promise you, you will waste less of everyone’s time and probably feel less foolish because you aren’t making the same mistake over and over.

            It was an ugly indefensible speech. You don’t have to defend everything Obama does. He is not a God. He does make mistakes. This speech was one of the more regrettable of those errors since it was so clearly hateful. Call it good and move on. You don’t have to defend everything the man does.

          • valley person

            Dude, you never cease to entertain. An ‘ugly, indefensible speech”? “Hateful”? Wow, are we hyper sensitive or what? You poor dear.

            I don’t know of anyone around here or anywhere else who has claimed Obama is perfect or he is God. But your criticizing his every utterance puts you in the land of Pavlov. You just react to Obama stimuli.

          • guest

            3H drayt zakh vee a foorts in roos. Ay-Yay-Yay!

          • Rupert in Springfield

            We all saw the speech. I even covered it in my post. It doesn’t matter if he was saying you didnt build that meaning your business, or you didnt build that meaning the road, the point is he was trying to antagonize a crowd against business owners.

            I have warned you about this repeatedly.

            Read what you are responding to before popping off like this

          • 3H

            And, perhaps, you should write more clearly and succinctly? Noooo… that would be taking responsibility. Given your excessive hyperbole, and yoru willingness to misquote, I stand by my assessment. But, again, I understand your need to redirect when you realize that you’ve been caught in yet another fabrication based on a quote taken out of context.

  • ardbeg

    If “Didn’t build that”is the best OC can come up with sick a fork in it, your done. The whole misquote has to be a joke even to the GOP. If that’s all they have then Obama will win again. Better come up with better reasons to vote for Willard.

    • NYcopywriter

      I agree. Anyone can see this article is unsubstantiated bullshit. And it says OC hasn’t got an argument beyond lies.

  • Todd Packer

    Romney is the one that told Olympians that they didn’t win that in 2002. Everyone is making a huge deal about “you didn’t build that” but what about “you didn’t win that”?

  • truth3943

    And thanks to massive voter fraud, Obama, you didn’t win the 2008 election.

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