But we're all ignoring a few comments Obama made that can't be walked back. Words that to me are far more indicative of Obama's view of the world (Obama Tell Successful People "You Didn't Buld That." Successful People Beg to Differ (July 16, 2012).
President Obama's unwalk-backable actual words:
"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 ya something, there are a whole bunch of hard working people out there. If you are successful somebody along the line gave you some help."Let's take a look at Obama's own, actual, not-misunderstood-by-me words, line-by-line.
I'm always struck by people who think 'well it must be because I was just so smart.'
Even without the image of Obama's smarmy, sarcastic grin as he spewed this sentence, his words are offensive. I can think of a few really smart people who built businesses that mediocre-intelligenced people who ate this line up could never have built. I know a guy who owns a successful restaurant, and even though I am generally brilliant and enjoy food, he is way the hell smarter than me when it comes to selling it.
This is a throw away feel good line to make who never put any effort into increasing their smartness level feel good about how they're obviously just as smart as smart people. To the dumb people who had trouble with the preceding sentence it means: Obama thinks you're awesome just the way you are, and he loves you so much he wants you to vote for him.
There are a lot of smart people out there.
I know, right?! I'm just as smart as Steve Jobs, especially now that he's room temperature, and it's about the time the President of the United States of America celebrated my intellectual mediocrity!
It must be because I worked hard than everybody else.
What Obama misses here as he plays to his audience is that it's not just hard work that makes a person successful -- any successful person will tell you that. It's a combination of working smart and diligently, and being prepared to seize an opportunity when it stumbles across your path. Obama's audience hates successful people because they were lucky. There really is no such thing as luck in the business world. Luck favors the prepared, so Obama's audience should mad at it themselves for not being properly prepared for success.
Oh yeah? you say mockingly, What about all the rich kids whose parents gave them a head start?
I know lots of stories of kids who came from wealthy backgrounds who squandered away every opportunity they had with bad decisions or coke buys, and I know lots of stories of people who came from utter poverty and made successes of themselves. Stop with the generalizations of everything you don't understand, I reply equally mockingly.
Let me tell ya something, there are a whole bunch of hard working people out there.
The line every true Democrat and union-dues-paying person in the world just lives to hear. This is the essence of class warfare and divisiveness. Obama is telling you that it's okay to hate successful people because you work hard at your job and nobody ever paid you a million dollars. This is just egregious pandering coming from the mouth of the leader of every American, and you people who applauded this line should hang your heads in shame.
Nobody but yourself makes you successful. And success should never be measured against what others have. That is the road to hell. Rely on yourself and measure your success by your own heart.
If you are successful somebody along the line gave you some help.
Right, and in the case of teachers, they got paid, so the help they gave was a part of a transaction between two people. And in spite of what many teachers will tell you , they choose the profession and the salary.
In the case of mentors and benefactors, of which Obama apparently has quite a few, they offered their help in return for some other intangible benefit they were hoping to derive from offering it. Obama's audience loved hearing their leader tell them that nobody gets anywhere without help, but I hear his words and conclude that Obama feels a great deal of guilt over being led by the hand through his whole life. He feels he wouldn't have achieved a thing on his own, so to cover his own shortcomings he preaches to the choir that no one achieves anything without being led by others.
The helpful interaction of people with each other is called society. Stop denigrating society for what it does naturally because it makes you and your candidate feel good.