Obama: When I Said “You Didn’t Build That,” I Really Meant Something Totally Different
Isn’t it obvious? Of course he didn’t mean what he said four times while off script a few weekends ago! What the president genuinely meant is written right in the teleprompter, after his messaging team spent more than a week figuring out how to “clarify” his comments.
A campaign never wants to let the opposition dictate what it advertises on. I don’t know if this purely defensive move is based on the vaunted Chicago research department picking up trouble in its focus groups and/or polling, or just intuition that anything that threatens to further reinforce the meme that Obama doesn’t understand or appreciate how the
private sector really works must be countered as soon and as much as possible. But I do know that it is unusual for an incumbent president ahead in the polls to let his rival drive his ad content. This is as surprising as it is significant.
Rather than refute the “out of context” canard for a third time, I’ll let Allahpundit take it from here:
Am I right in thinking that O never felt obliged to do a spot like this, clarifying his own comments, back in 2008? He gave his speech on race to try to defuse the Rev. Wright uproar, but he never did an ad directly answering an attack that I can recall, not even after his immortal “bitter-clinger” comments at that lefty fundraiser.
(Excerpt) Read more at townhall.com …
- Obama: “I Didn’t Say What You Heard Me Say” (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Reaction building to Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech (legalinsurrection.com)
- When a President Plays Defense: New Obama Ad Released (thepage.time.com)
- Romney, Obama dig in over ‘you didn’t build that’ furor – Fox News (foxnews.com)
- Obama’s Blatant Idolatry (canadafreepress.com)
- Obama on Defense (thepage.time.com)
- The Ad (thepage.time.com)
- Obama: Mitt Romney ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Ads Are ‘Flat-Out Wrong’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Obama: Romney is distoring my words (content.usatoday.com)
- Obama Goes Off Prompter (minx.cc)