The RNC doubles down on Obama’s catch phrase

Here Strupp. This should help.


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    Thanks Cindy. Actually hearing it again leaves no doubt that he was referring to businesses–not bridges and roads. When one reads the words it is not as clear. Hearing it is 100% proof.

  2. J. Strupp says:

    I listened to it yesterday and read the entire thing and there’s no doubt he was talking about roads and bridges. He has more to say where they cut it off too. At this point, it doesn’t really matter if they play the whole thing. The RNC has small business owners and Team Republican so whipped up into a frenzy that they don’t want context anyway. I will say that the GOP has once again done a marvelous job with these ads though. Hey, we’re still here talking about it and it’s July.

    And BTW, I think the part of the speech the RNC is keying on was actually quite good and absolutely correct. I haven’t said this much over the past few years but Obama was right on the money with the exception of his slip up which started this whole nonsense.

  3. J. Strupp, wishful thinking does not make it so. Diagram the sentence. Grammatically “that” refers to “business.” Now if Obama didn’t mean it to come out that way when he veered away from his beloved teleprompter, he should tell America he made a “slip.” But to pretend we’re stupid and he’ll get away with the gaffe? Bad idea.

    You now HAVE context and you still aren’t happy about Obama’s performance. Whipping the base into a frenzy is job well done at this point of the campaign. 🙂

  4. J. Strupp says:

    If all of this is so straight forward then why eliminate, “roads and bridges” from the previous ad? It was only 6 words. The answer is simple: it provided context which made the premise of the ad. bogus. “You didn’t build that”, referring to small businesses isn’t even consistant with the rest of the speech.

  5. Well you have a good day, J. Strupp. That it’s included now should make everything great, right?

  6. J. Strupp says:

    Hey, I’m good with it.

  7. Business=singular
    Roads and bridges=plural
    If Obama meant to talk about the latter he would have said “you didn’t build those”. But he in fact said “you didn’t build that”. He was clearly talking about the business.

  8. Randy in Richmond says:

    So the President is claiming we don’t do it ourselves but we had the help of the government. In this discussion that includes “roads and bridges”. Then how would one explain the Mayor of Chicago, Ron Emanuel, saying– “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values, they “disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents” as he works to prevent them from opening restaurants in Chicago.

    Also Alderman Joe Moreno said unless the company comes up with a written anti-discrimination policy, he would not allow Chick-fil-A to open its first free-standing restaurant in the city.

    Of course this is about the owner’s religious views on homosexuality. So there should be an asterisk next to the President’s statement that there are exceptions if you have differing political or religious views than those in power, that the government can actually impede one’s success-as in this case in Chicago.

    Based on much recent news out of Chicago I suspect many Americans would believe not having Chicago values to be a good thing.

  9. Randy,

    The US Government makes business possible. It provides a safe, equitable playing field, on which to launch a business.

    This occurs via local and federal policing, our best-in-the-world legal system, to include business laws, the Federal Reserve Bank, other Federal lending, and of course, our under-valued military, which has kept democracy viable, and, possibly, expanded it, worldwide. Everyone please thank our military!

    There are myriad other examples to cite, but I won’t, and will say, bless you!

    All the best,

  10. J. Strupp says:

    Let’s make sure to differentiate between President Obama and Rahm Emanuel. I think it’s safe to say that Rahm marches to his own drummer. If there’s an asterisk next to the President’s statement that there are exceptions, then it’s Rahm putting it there and not the President.

    That being said, the actions taken by Emanuel are wrong. If Chick fil-A ownership wants to make a political/religious statement, then by all means go ahead and do so and deal with the financial consequences that follow. There’s no need for the City of Chicago to involve themselves in this issue as long as Chick fil-A doesn’t have their hand out looking for corporate welfare for their new ventures (see Ricketts, Joe).

  11. Randy in Richmond says:

    I thought about your point before writing my post. To some extent I agree with you. But there’s that Emanuel / Obama connection and more importantly the President said “bridges and roads”. Thats why I specifically inserted those words in sentence 2 as it’s the state and local governments that build and maintain our roads. Thus I felt comfortable using the Chicago example. Had the President said defense and foreign affairs the post would not have been entered–but then that wouldn’t have fit his narrative either.

  12. Randy in Richmond says:

    Enjoyed breakfast with friends at Chick-fil-A Restaurant here this morning in honor of their recently declared “Appreciation Day”. Had to wait as it was crowded but my Bacon-Platter w/Hash Browns was delish…

    My motivation was about eating good food at a family owned business where the government should stay out of the owners personal belief’s.

    Here you can also read of counter protests that include a “kiss-in” in the Chicago area later this week.

  13. More bad poll news for Obama-lite. He’s now losing in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Just admit it. Obama is a lock for 2016. Thanks to good Christian boy John Roberts, Obamacare is now the law of the land, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Thanks to good Catholic boy John Boehner, we now have a “budget deal” without an agreement on the tax cuts.

    Until the GOP figures out what it stands for, other than bigotry (aka “social conservatism”), it will continue to struggle in national politics.

  14. Stop your whining. One poll? Egads.

  15. No, there are quite a lot of polls. I look to the RealClearPolitics average. It has generally shown Obama with a 2% lead. When 163,000 new jobs in a month is considered “spectacular” and unemployment at 8.3% is the “new normal,” whoever the president is should have no business winning re-election. That Obama is even close, much less ahead and the prohibitive favorite, says a lot about the sorry state of the GOP.

    There’s a new class of capitalist out there. The Mark Zuckerburgs, Marissa Mayers, and the late Steve Jobs of the world aren’t into social conservatism. The GOP needs to reinvent itself to stay relevant. Being the part of old white Christian fundamentalists isn’t going to work much longer, if at all. At this rate, Texas will be a swing state in 2020. Ponder that.

  16. Randy in Richmond says:

    As an “old white Christian” your attacks on us are growing old. About 75% of Americans claim to be Christian so regardless of what ism you claim or if no ism at all, you are in a smaller minority.

    A 2% lead 90 days out makes Obama a prohibitive favorite? I also follow Real Clear Politics and you left out some pertinent information in their posting. The results are based on nine polls taken since July 9th of which 6 are “registered voters” and 3 are “likely voters”. Most politicos agree registered voters polls are not as ‘predicting’. And if only the LV polls are considered it is a statistical tie.

    Polls this early in the game do give a trend but really mean very little. In early September of 2008, after choosing Sarah Palin, John McCain enjoyed between a +2 and +10 lead in most all of the polls. We know how that ended. But a small percentage lead does not trend to being a “prohibitive favorite”.

    As an interesting aside, of the 4 names on the Presidential ballot in 2008, which one would a Congessional candidate in this November’s election rather have endorse them, obviously allowing for party affiliation?

    I agree that with the economic indicators you give one wonders why it is as close as it is. A large part of that is because about 80% of all media, most of Hollywood, academia, unions, minorities, and much of the youth support Obama. It’s a challange but he can be beaten.

    And the GOP is reinventing itself. I love that the GOP is now utilizing similiar tactics as the Dems which is really funny as the Dems don’t like it at all. The teaparty and Sarah Palin, of which you are critical, are helping to reinvent the party. You apparently don’t like their ideology, but they’re reinventing.