'You didn't build that' -- the gift that keeps on giving
The Kansas City Star
I was on vacation in late July and on the road I caught quite a bit of talk radio. Every summer, there’s a big theme for the talkers to chew on. Last year it was the debt-ceiling crisis. The year before it was the BP oil disaster.
This year it was “You didn’t build that” and it’s proved the richest vein of all, an unbelievable gift for Mitt Romney and the GOP. In its political effect, it recalls Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech, in which Carter moaned about the country’s mood and in the process revealed that he wasn’t up to the job.
With “You didn’t build that,” Obama revealed how alienated he is from the prime source of American wealth-creation and rising living standards over the decades. The man seems to hate rich people, except for his contributors, and is profoundly suspicious of business in general.
The theme is not only hurting Obama but other Democrats as well, as this post indicates:
“President Obama’s ‘you didn’t build that’ shot at business builders and entrepreneurs continues to resonate around the country. Local news outlets retell the story and give it a local context when the president travels …
“Ground zero of this disaster is the Massachusetts Senate campaign, where it is the focal point in showcasing the differences between the incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic opponent, professor Elizabeth Warren. Brown’s leftist opponent is Obama’s intellectual mentor on the disparagement of private business.”
Perhaps it won’t be long before we see “You didn’t build that” on T-shirts and bumper stickers. If Obama had any political Teflon, it’s gone. Those four words are stuck to him like superglue.