It must be small business day – I just came across this little gem from the Wall Street Journal, and why 4 little words from the president may just cost him his office:
What’s the difference between a calm and cool Barack Obama, and a rattled and worried Barack Obama? Four words, it turns out.
“You didn’t build that” is swelling to such heights that it has the president somewhere unprecedented: on defense. Mr. Obama has felt compelled?for the first time in this campaign?to cut an ad in which he directly responds to the criticisms of his now-infamous speech, complaining his opponents took his words “out of context.”
And no wonder. The immediate effect was to suck away the president’s momentum. Mr. Obama has little positive to brag about, and his campaign hinges on keeping negative attention on his opponent. For months, the president’s team hammered on Mr. Romney’s time at Bain, his Massachusetts tenure, his tax returns. “You didn’t build that” shifted the focus to the president, and his decision to respond to the criticisms has only legitimized them and guaranteed they continue.
The Obama campaign’s bigger problem, both sides are now realizing, is that his words go beyond politics and are more devastating than the Romney complaints that Mr. Obama is too big-government oriented or has mishandled the economy. They raise the far more potent issue of national identity and feed the suspicion that Mr. Obama is actively hostile to American ideals and aspirations. Republicans are doing their own voter surveys, and they note that Mr. Obama’s problem is that his words cause an emotional response, and that they disturb voters in nearly every demographic.
I can guarantee you that the entrepreneurial ethic is hard wired into our national consciousness. It’s part of the soul of America. Unlike many countries, all you have to do it try. But, I’ll be the first to admit that success isn’t guaranteed. Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded. The secret was that he never gave up.
That’s why this country is so great – Anyone and everyone can be the next Sam Walton, Bill Gates, or even Ron Popeil spraying stuff on his head – all you need is creativity, the dream, and the drive.
And that’s why Obama did himself far more damage with those four words than any Republican had been able to do. Because government by it’s very nature can’t dream. It can’t create. People do.
And they’re the ones “who built that.”