Here's what Obama said in context that created such a stir:
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 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.Well, duh! If you didn't know how to read, you might have trouble building a skyscraper. Nevertheless to say "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen" is absolutely ridiculous! I know some small business owners who had the guts to step out on their own, confident of their own abilities, to do something. They risked their money, invested countless hours, and sank tremendous amounts of energy and perseverance to reach for a dream. MOST PEOPLE DON'T DO THAT! They get a job and work for others. The comparison to fighting fires is comparing apples to oranges. A man who thinks up something radically new, patents it, and brings it into production should get the credit for his work. Somebody who has a skill and has the guts to start a business to sell it, should get the credit. Sure, teachers taught him to read and introduced him to the science, but he still did the thing himself perhaps with the support of family and friends. Obama's statement that "somebody else made that happen" (government perhaps?) is typical of the liberal mentality where we are all seen as cogs in a socialist machine rather than as individuals. Entrepreneurs who succeed (and make money at it) are evil victimizers of the poor who must be controlled by the government. The episode reminds me of the spoof about the Little Red Hen.
Funny, though, how liberals, who denigrate and reduce the work of others to a collective accomplishment are so quick to claim the actions of others as their own. We all know that Al Gore invented the Internet and that Obama killed Bin Laden. Right? Yeah...right.