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Originally posted by MaryStillToe
reply to post by MidnightTide
He's telling the truth, but selfish and greedy people can not see the truth.
Great socities and civilizations require a collective effort. Business owners and entrepreneurs are like chefs. While they might be the ones mixing everything together, if their vegetables are rotten or their blender is broken, then they can't make a succesful meal. The quality of the ingredients and tools are just as important as the person who combines everything.
In this case, the raw ingredients are the American people and the tools are this country's infastructure, which was created and is maintained by even more Americans. It's really about acknowledging and paying dues to the people who helped you to get where you are because in truth you can not do it on your own. Companies who don't bother to keep their office bathrooms clean are not going to retain the highest quality professionals, who are smart and help keep them successful. So remember that even the janitors play a part in making business owners successful.
edit on 14-7-2012 by MaryStillToe because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by totallackey
reply to post by stanats
Let me express my sympathy for you for your tendencies: to blind allegiance; utilize obfuscation tactics; and, general ignorance of political and economic systems.
Originally posted by seabag
reply to post by MidnightTide
Nice find, OP.
This is very disturbing yet not surprising at all. He has absolutely no concept of what it takes to start and run a business. He is also a complete statist and confirmed narcissist.
I believe that Obama, like most of us, is simply speaking from his own life experiences. Everything that man has WAS indeed given to him by others; certainly his senate seat and the presidency were.
Anybody who thinks for a minute this country has a chance with four more years of this mindset is either oblivious or clearly insane IMO.
Originally posted by poet1b
This thread belongs in the hoax bin. Obama is misquoted. Has anybody bothered to listen to the 40 minute speech? Putting these lies on ATS makes the site look bad.
Originally posted by wonderboy2402
His obersvation is pretty much spot on. Hard work and sweat can get you so far, but it is often the kindess and assistance or others that can help carry you to lofty positions.
Don't make snap judgements on a quote taken from at a glance.
Originally posted by Jobeycool
Obamas words he chooses are way to arrogant.Dividing the country all the more.
Originally posted by MidnightTide
What a load of garbage, the government didn't build a damn thing. It is the people, their sweat, their tears and their blood that builds a nation. It seems that those in government, from both parties, have forgotten this. Without the people, the government is nothing.
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. (Applause.) 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.