Team Obama released a new ad yesterday after featuring the president himself, speaking directly into the camera to address Republican attacks on his comments about business.
“Those ads taking my words about small business out of context; they’re flat out wrong,” he says. “Of course Americans build their own business.”
Obama also tries to clarify what he said about Americas business owners.
“And what I said was that we need to stand behind them as America always has. By investing in education, training, roads and bridges, research and technology.”
But that is not what he said.
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 ad was released to White House reporters yesterday aboard Air Force One, en route to Portland, Oregon.