Obama's 'You Didn't Build That' Business Comments: Is He Wrong?

The president's small business comments upset many people and gave Republican Mitt Romney a point of attack. But Barack Obama said the comments were taken out of context. What do you think? Take the Patch Poll.

President Barack Obama's recent comments about small business created a firestorm that could become a focus of the 2012 election — even as Obama and his supporters say his comments were taken out of context. 

"Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own," he said during a July 13 speech in Virginia. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help ... If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Take the Patch poll below: Who plays the most significant role in creating jobs and economic growth?

That's not the entire speech, which you can read on the independent FactCheck.org. According to that post, the comments were taken out of context:

"There’s no question Obama inartfully phrased those two sentences, but it’s clear from the context what the president was talking about. He spoke of government — including government-funded education, infrastructure and research — assisting businesses to make what he called 'this unbelievable American system that we have.'"

With small business being the backbone of the local economy in all of our communities, Obama's words and the ensuing discussion have put an emphasis on whose responsibility it is to create jobs and economic growth. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 35 percent of business owners approve of the job the president has done

So let's talk. Take the poll below and tell us in the comments: 

  • Which has the most valuable impact on a local community: small business, big business, local government or federal government? 
  • Are small business owners primarily responsible for the success or failure of their business? 
  • Were Obama's comments taken out of context, or do his critics have a fair point?
Gary August 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
An extremist is someone who disagrees with you and refuses to change their mind even after you've called them a bunch of nasty names.
Mary Jo August 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Gary, I realize your comment was meant to be sarcastic, but Eastsider is correct. This is not why Patch's main readers come here. Patch has become a place where they still attempt to cater to the locals (the original plan) but are so desperate for readers/comments that they'll post anything to get a response, even if it has nothing to do with being local. And Jennifer/Jacob/Tara/etc., don't reply with your "it's not for everyone" garbage. You all know this poll, and all the other Sunday morning garbage polls, have absolutely nothing to do with being local. That being said, I do love this site. But these posts are embarrassing.
Me August 02, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I hope I am not taking this out of context but I copied the entire section from the "About Us" section on the Patch.com website. Notice the recurring theme of local, local, local. There is no reference to bogus "polls" about national politics. Local politics yes, state perhaps, but this is way out of bounds. "What is Patch? Simply put, Patch is an innovative way to find out about, and participate in, what's going on near you. We're a community-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by passionate and experienced new media professionals. Patch is revolutionizing the way neighbors connect with each other, their communities, and the national conversation. We want to be the most trusted, comprehensive, and relevant news and information resource in your community. What can you do on Patch? Keep up with news and events Check out photos and videos from around town Learn more about local businesses and the people behind them Participate in discussions Share your perspectives via our Local Voices blogging platform Submit your own announcements, photos, and reviews"
Mary Jo August 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Amen, Me. Just because people care and are passionate doesn't make this local. It seems these Patch editors are preying on what will bring the most in return, not what the real readers came here for.
Richard Schulte August 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Me: "Notice the recurring theme of local, local, local." The economy is a local issue, is it not? If you think that the economy is not local, go to the State of Illinois employment center on Oakton Street near the Subaru dealership and see the crowds. The folks complaining about Patch articles are trying to avoid any discussion of the economy. In other words, they are Democrats coverning up the twin disasters of Obama and Quinn.
Richard Schulte August 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Sorry, forgot this. Obama: Worst.President.Ever.
TaterSalad August 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The United States is information hungry................on Barack Obama and the left wing media is going whack-o because the President is now being exposed for what he is................a Marxist. The documentary 2016 is breaking all attendance records: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/08/25/Box-Office-Aug-25-2012
Richard Schulte August 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Yes, Obama is a marxist. His father was actually Frank Marshall Davis, a member of Communist Party USA. Take a look at the photographs of Obama and Frank Marshall Davis side-by-side, then compare photographs of Obama and Barack Obama, Sr. side-by-side. The resemblance of President Obama to Davis is obvious. Obama does not resemble Barack Obama Sr. at all. And now you know why Obama's birth certificate is such a mystery. And his college records remain sealed because Obama was a member of marxist organizations during his college years. Obama is no different that Fidel Castro, except for the beard and uniform.
IHE August 25, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Richard Schulte...I just wet my pants. Your comments are insane. I may never stop laughing!!!
Richard Schulte August 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Insane, but nonetheless true: http://www.google.com/search?q=Obama+%22Frank+Marshall+davis%22&hl=en&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=uUw5UPqIBcHmqwGcrIGwAg&ved=0CGkQsAQ&biw=805&bih=396 Judge for yourself and then start reading about Frank Marshall Davis.
Richard Schulte August 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Now go see Dinsh D'Souza documentary "2016". It opened yesterday. For theater locations: http://2016themovie.com/
RB August 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Rich, just for a change of pace, could you start obsessing about the grassy knoll, area 51, or anything other than President Obama?
RB August 25, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Consensus of both parties pretty much names Harding as the worst ever. I stopped keeping score when you advocated secession, but you're way off base for at least the 250th posting again by naming Mr. Obama as the worst. 43 is 6th worst by the way.
Conrad August 25, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Mr. Schulte, you have no idea what the truth is. When you have a blood test proving this man is Obama's father, get back to us. Until then, stop wasting space on this website. Neither campaign has been honest, but this birther conspiracy defies all common sense. Blaming Romney for someone's death is one thing, but this constant attack on Obama is a farce and should be embarrassing for anyone who buys into it.
Sully August 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM
No RB, not the grassy knoll or area 51! I'm interested in those things. How about the fake moon landing instead?
Just Sayin August 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Richard Schulte : Ignoramus. Extraordinaire.
Just Sayin August 26, 2012 at 01:39 AM
I think you are overlooking the fact that they are too stupid to be embarrassed. Richard Schulte would be the best example to prove that point.
Sully August 26, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Want a great conspiracy theory? Take a look at this one. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/craziest-obama-conspiracy-theory-gets-even-crazier Priceless.
Richard Schulte August 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Conrad: "Mr. Schulte, you have no idea what the truth is. When you have a blood test proving this man is Obama's father, get back to us. Until then, stop wasting space on this website." Actually it doesn't take a whole lot of intellect to compare photographs of Obama's face with that of his purported father and Frank Marshall Davis. When you do, it becomes obvious who Obama's father is. Questions regarding Obama's birth certificate and background have been around for more than 4-1/2 years. These questions could be answered directly by Obama, yet rather than do that, he attempts to conceal. Facts: Obama is a marxist. The DHS is purchasing 1.5 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition. Conclusion: It seems obvious.
Richard Schulte August 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM
The left's playbook is to call anybody that they fear "stupid". You know that you are being effective if the left calls you "stupid". Hence, a conservative being called "stupid" is actually a compliment. Thank you for the compliment. "Don't retreat. Reload." Sarah Palin
Richard Schulte August 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Is Obama a marxist? "Along the way and throughout his life, as D'Souza shows, Obama has had a string of surrogates influencing him, people D'Souza calls "Obama's Founding Fathers." These include the Communist writer and activist Frank Marshall Davis, terrorist Bill Ayers, anti-Israeli crank Edward Said, Jeremiah Wright, and Brazilian Communist professor Roberto Unger. This series of father figures were in and out of his life at various intervals. The common thread among them, unfortunately, is that they marinated the young man in the swill of Marxist, anti-colonial propaganda, endorsed by the near-mystical specter of his missing father, that can be diluted thusly: the United States of America represents the greatest threat to mankind in the world and must be taken down." Conclusion: Obama is a marxist. Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/08/review_2016_obamas_america.html#ixzz24eSSCheA
Richard Schulte August 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
"Governor Romney has correctly noted that 92.3% of the jobs lost under Obama were women's jobs. But in an effort to distract from the fact that their mishandling of the economy has had dire affects on the lives of women, Democrats plan to highlight at their convention Sandra Fluke to remind us that Obamacare will provide women with "free" contraceptives. You'd have to be even more innumerate than the President is to believe that a benefit worth about $9 a month -which you will in fact be paying for through that benighted legislation-beats the opportunity to earn a living." Just the facts. Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/08/sleeping_with_the_enemy_in_the_war_against_women.html#ixzz24fT2Hi5Y
Just Sayin August 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The entire Tea Bag movement is based on fear of an evolving and enlightened future. You are and your ilk are such the joke. Fortunately you, your aging cronies and all that sanctimonius b.s. will be six feet under in the not too distant future. Twist all as you may, with what little time and breath you have left...oh stupid one.
Richard Schulte August 26, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Progressives are marxists. Obama is a marxist. You see the results of the implentation of marxism is North Korea and Cuba. Before the break up of the Soviet Union, you saw the results of marxism in the Eastern Bloc countries dominated by the Soviets. Socialism/marxism fails every time it's tried. The left preys on the young and the gullible.
Sully August 26, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I love to prey on the young and gullible. They taste so good.
John October 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
So you agree the comment, which said clearly businessmen also need the infrastructure around them "you didn't build that"....was taken 'way out of context so it could be distorted by Romneyites. Even the most simple-minded Republican could figure that out if they cared about the truth.
John October 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM
another mindless comment supporting Romney....read the text, for once.
John October 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM
you heard it,, but refused to comprehend. Really pathetic.
John October 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Schulte----you're joking, right? No sane person would say these things.
John October 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Let's see---Does Schulte watch Fox News? Of course he does!! Has he read Mein Kampf cover to cover? Three times? Is he very, very confused about Liberals' contempt for stupid people? you betcha!!


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