Pictorial commentary on Obama’s “they didn’t do it themselves” speech

A friend sent me a couple of great posters celebrating the message behind Obama’s speech.  Which speech?  This speech:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

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 Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

Distilled to its essence:  Barack Obama is saying that only government makes things happen.   He fundamentally fails to understand that a healthy, stable society, one in which government does its job (such as letting the military work on defense and communication systems that might also aid the general public), is one that enables the hard workers, the innovators, the — yes — the lucky ones to rise above the crowd.  When government tries to innovate for innovation’s sake — essentially substituting itself for the wisdom of the marketplace — we end up with TSA and Solyndra.

Anyway, here are the posters:

If you’d like to see other wonderful examples of individual innovation in the pursuit of political satire, check out this PJ Media page.

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  • JKB

    If you’ve got a business become President — you didn’t build win that. Somebody else made that happen.

    Somebody, to remain anonymous, released sealed divorce proceeding records

    Somebody, at the LA Times, refuses to release tapes of you celebrating with a group of Palestinians who were openly hostile towards Israel.
    Somebody coordinated a Journolist of main stream media reporters, pundits, etc., to combat negative coverageiu 

  • gpc31

    A few thoughts on Obama’s “You didn’t build that speech”:
    First, as many others have noted of course, it reveals his big statist – socialist philosophy.
    Second, it reflects a trendy overlay from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” — he practically restates the thesis of the book (without adverting to Gladwell’s overwhelming emphasis on the necessity of a work ethic within a stable community).
    Third, he stole the riff from Elizabeth Warren, much as he recycled the “hope and change” schtick from Deval Patrick.
    Fourth, he tends to get in trouble when he’s off the teleprompter.
    Fifth, consider the location of the speech and his audience.  Roanoke VA is quite blue: 61%-38% for Obama in 2008.  Indeed, according to Wikipedia, “he city’s African-American and professional class voting blocs have made the Democratic Party the city’s leading party in recent years.”  Obama feels the need to waste valuable time and resources speechifying to his base?
    Sixth, let’s take a closer look at Roanoke.  It is a city on the verge.  Again, according to Wikipedia, “the studies of Dr. Isaac Van Patten, a criminologist from Radford University discovered that Roanoke’s rates of rape and aggravated assault were the highest in the state of Virginia in 2004. Roanoke had seen a total increase in violent crimes from 1985 until 2003, surpassing every Virginia city, only Portsmouth had seen a larger increase in crime. Van Patten is not suggesting that Roanoke’s overall violent crime rate was the highest in the state over the 18-year period, just that it saw the largest total increase.[22] According to the FBI data, the crime rates in Roanoke for murder, rape, aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft all decreased from 2006 to 2007, while the rates of robberies and burglaries increased. In 2007, Roanoke was ranked as Virginia’s second most dangerous city; in 2008 the city was ranked as the fifth worst city in Virginia.[23]
    So Obama is not only preaching to the choir, he’s telling them that their problems aren’t their fault and moreover that they can’t succeed on their own.  A gospel of permanent big government dependency. 
    How well did that work out for Peggy Joseph?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI

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