Obama camp pushes context in web videos
July 24th, 2012
11:43 AM ET

Obama camp pushes context in web videos

(CNN) – As Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans ramp up their attacks on President Barack Obama for his remarks on small business, the president's operation is pushing back with a duo of web videos arguing the comments are out on context.

The battle stems back two weeks, when Obama told a crowd in Roanoke, Virginia, that successful small businesses got that way with the help of governmental support like roads and educators.

"If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," Obama said. "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."


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  1. Howard

    When Obama uses the power of the state to audit the taxes of his opponent's contributors, it's nothing more than a desperate, dictatorial despot, using Chicago thuggery and gutter politics, to win at any cost. Obama is the liar and thief,
    who must be removed from office, in order to save America !!!

    July 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Didn't the Clintons attempt to use the FBI to investigate individuals??? This sounds so familiar!

      July 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Lizzie

    "Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." so what is Romney taking out of context. Business and individuals TAXES payed for building the roads, payed for the teachers. The money for did did not show up magically.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      It takes a little time to figure this one out;....

      So lets say that we start a new town... somewhere in the sothwest. There are 2 families.. yours and mine... we build, not the government the first road to our new town, then our houses. More people see the beauty of this area and we have to expand... SO as the number of our families grow we expand, more roads r built, generally by sharing the expenseof these roads among the townspeople. Pretty soon we build a grocery store and a post office... The companies that supply our food and the USPS use our roads which causes more wear and tear on them... So we charge those companies, usually a levy... to fix those roads... Seems only fair... as we progress a citycouncil is formed and a school is built... still by sharing the burden of cost... eventually we have an area so large that it is unmanageable to "share the cost any more... So taxes are levied to take care if the infrastructure... It is still the people sharing the cost... but it is a more palatible way to get it done. The next question that arises is John Smith does not make as much money ast Elmer Doe, should he should and equal burden or a porportionate burden... and the liteney goes on ... but you can see that what once was an actual community looking out for each other became a City of individuals looking out for themselves...

      July 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Gee, those families owned alot of land and had alot of money for materials and stuff like heavy equipment. They could've just graded out a little runway for a plane for alot less. Sounds like you really are trying to help your guy Mitt with this one – but, hey--you got me ROFL.

        July 25, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  3. jerry

    poverty rates are now where they were back in 1965 when the left (LBJ) started the war on poverty (the huge social spending spree)...then as now the way out of poverty is prosperity...prosperity comes from JOBs...not make work jobs, not govt jobs, and certainly not generational welfare programs (of which obama is trying to expand). Jobs in the private sector...real jobs. Liberal politics are run on social welfare programs and govt expansion...the very concept that is taking europe down and us with it. We need to push the reset button on obama and mob..in November throw out obama.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Lala

      You think romney is gonne change that. Let me ask you a couple of questions

      1) Why are we policing the world? Our troops are in Germany, while they are spending on their people? Why are we all over the world? We have over 800 bases in around 150 countries in the world. Do we feel any safer now than before? I don't think so? It is just increasing our hate everywhere because we are not minding our own business. If we bring 80% of our men and women serving in the military back home ( and I am including everyone out of USA, not just people in afghnistan and Iraq ) we will be saving around a trillion dollar. I would ask, why are we spending 5 million (just guessing here) on a bridge in Iraq, then we blow it, then we rebuild it. Why not bring the men and women back home and save the taxpayer's money. We are irrelevant to the outsiders, they don't care about us whether we are rich or poor as long as we don't bother them. Do you guys really believe that there is just a terrorist state that just wants to destroy us because we are rich and that has nothing to do with us not minding our own business and policing the world.

      2) Social programs like medicaid and medicare are a mess. Who has a program to solve it and make it solvent. Neither Obama nor Romney. I do agree that we should take care of our elders and everyone should be able to have medical care regardless of conditions.

      3) The Federal Reserve is a private bank. Why are they making money out of thin air and then loaning it to the US government on the back of taxpayers. They are just printing it out of thin air. If it is a private bank, then who owns it. If the US gov owns it then it won't be called a private bank?

      I do hope that you do research about these issues that we are facing right now. and I am not asking your to vote for any candidate, just try to research about these issues because those are the issues we are facing right now.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Lala ... question number 3 s not correct... there are actually 12 federal reserv banks around this country that are owned by private banks... the private banks do not neccessarily run those banks... a board of govenors do ... all seven of them are appointed by the president and confirmed by congress... SO really the government is running them.... Now here is a question for you ... should occupy target those banks?

        July 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Question 2... my medical costs have tripled soon I will have to begin choosing between food and medicine... I am still employeed and have private insurance provided by my company (at least for now) No one is going to look after us older folks that have heart problems and diabetes... we will be a drain on the system for no good reason.

        July 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Question number 1.. please review the sentiment prior to WW1. Pretty much an isolationist attitude prevailed in this country ... then WW1, and WW2 happened.... We have to be present in the world... If you look at 9/11 ... the Clinton administration stopped the different intel groups from sharing information... next thing that happened.... we are in IRAQ and Afghanistan...... Citizens died on our soil which had not happened since WW2 – Pearl Harbor.... While not a state ... it was a territory.... If you believe in freedom then you have to suport it all the way.

        July 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  4. Lala

    why is cnn not allowing me post here

    July 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm |