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article imageOp-Ed: Tampered but (painfully) true...

By Brett Wilkins     Jul 26, 2012 in Politics
Team Obama has reacted to the right's reaction to his now-infamous "you didn't build that" remark by putting out an ad of their own accusing the Romney campaign of twisting his words.
The Obama campaign's "Tampered" ad claims that Team Romney "deliberately altered the meaning" of the president's July 13 Roanoke, Virginia comments. For those who missed it, here's what Obama said:
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped 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."
While the Romney campaign may certainly have tried to spin the president's words to make him seem hostile to business and success, the fact remains that he did say them. And like millions of other hard-working Americans who invested all their time, money and energy in creating and growing their own small businesses, I can assure you that I did "build that."
Even true-blue liberals were left shaking their heads after Obama's remarks. Surely he should have anticipated that such words, even if taken out of context, would prove sound bite gold to the Romney campaign.
If the president could take back just four words this entire campaign, I'd bet every penny that Digital Journal pays me for writing this (OK, it ain't much, but...) that "you didn't build that" would be the ones.
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