Romney: Obama’s ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Comment ‘Wasn’t A Gaffe’


romney1Roxbury, Mass. – For the third day in a row, Mitt Romney attacked President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment, arguing the president’s words weren’t an accident but rather a reflection of his hostility toward private business.

“It wasn’t a gaffe. It was his ideology,” Romney argued Thursday at a last-minute campaign stop at Middlesex Truck and Coach, a small truck repair shop just outside Boston. “I don’t think the president understands what makes this country great.”

Speaking against the backdrop of more than a dozen mechanics, Romney pointed to the repair shop as a symbol of the businesses that have kept the American dream alive.

“This is the kind of place that has put people to work over the years, over the decades. … Someone else isn’t responsible for what he did here,” Romney said, referring to the shop’s owner. “This is not the result of government. This is the result of people who take risks, create dreams, who build for themselves and for their families.”

Romney insisted Obama’s comments suggest he doesn’t really understand how business works. And he pointed to a new report showing more Americans sought unemployment last week as more proof that Obama doesn’t deserve a second term.

Echoing comments he made in Ohio Wednesday, Romney cited Obama’s inactive jobs council, which hasn’t held a meeting in six months, and contrasted that with the president’s busy fundraising schedule.

“You learn something about the president’s priorities,” Romney said. “The job he’s interested in protecting is his own.”

Romney’s Roxbury stop was his only public event of the day-and it was added at the last minute, as his campaign seeks to regain the advantage after days of Democratic attacks over the GOP candidate’s record at Bain Capital.


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  1. While I am not an Obama supporter, Obama’s words were true and from the heart. What he said was, that if you were matzliach, you did not do it on your own. You had teachers who helped you. You had people work on the roads so your trucks could get through, you had people set up a nationwide electric and phone system, and water supply. And of course you had the RBSH who gave you the health and koach to succeed. There really is no such thing as a self made man, we all get help from others.

    In other words, no arrogant kochi votzem yadi, but have hakaras hatov to those who helped, and give something back. What he said was true mussar. Shame on Romney for twisting and attacking a beautiful thought.

  2. Pashuteh Yid,

    Your thought was beautiful; Obama on the other hand is just looking for reasons to take more from the productive citizens of this country and give it to those who aren’t. That’s not beautiful at all and shame on Obama!

    This country owes a big debt to people who risk everything to build a business and hire employees, especially when the government keeps squeezing them harder and harder and taking more and more from them!

  3. #2, while obviously you are right, sadly in todays sound bite soceity no body is interested in a contxt that takes longer than 2 seconds to listen. It is easier to take one line and run with it, and create a controversy when their is none.