Johnson and his fellow wealthy elitists are quick to criticize Obama by not actually arguing Obama's point, but instead, suggesting he took a shot at hard working successful business people. That didn't happen (see below). Obama clearly explained all top executives and business people got help somewhere in their lives, whether from a teacher or government handout. Those are all public, government, taxpayer supported tools used by businesses.
Not one conservative think tank or pundit can deny Obama's premise, but they can pretend he lashed out at business owners. Check out the hyperbolic Johnson comment below, where Obama "believes" it's all about government, while belittling governments supposedly pathetic small role:
Johnson: "President Obama believes that the center of economic activity is in the government, rather than the private sector. Those comments come as a real surprise to business owners who realize that when they're working 50 to 60 hours a week, trying to build a business...yeah, yeah we all recognize the government provides the infrastructure, we need government for regulation, but by and large, the president doesn't understand the crucial role of the entrepreneurial spirit and of leadership."Like Roll Call reported, Johnson was "someone who has talked more than he has listened."
Obama's comment Friday: "There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back," the president said. "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," he said. "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."Get a load of the spin, like Johnson's, that completely ignores Obama's comment:
Fox News: David Chavern, chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce, accused Obama of slighting the remarkable achievements of extraordinary individuals. "We should applaud the risk-takers and the dreamers who are willing to stand out from the crowd, rather than denigrate what these people have done, we need to encourage more people to be like them."
The National Federation of Independent Business said the president's "unfortunate remarks … show an utter lack of understanding and appreciation for the people who take a huge personal risk and work endless hours to start a business and create jobs."
In fact, the National Federation of Independent Business disproved one of the major Republican talking points that no one ever got hired by a poor man. Would you call the following small business owner anything but poor?
"I'm sure every small-business owner who took a second mortgage on their home, maxed out their credit cards or borrowed money from their own retirement savings to start their business disagrees strongly with President Obama's claim. They know that hard work does matter," the group also said.Obama never said "hard work" didn't matter. Again, CONSUMERS ARE THE JOB CREATORS!