BRAINSTORM: What Obama-supporting businesses can you think of that would disagree with “You Didn’t Build That!” rhetoric?
[ Click above to embiggen: one of the photos proudly displayed in Sweet Mandy B's is of Joe Biden presenting Barack Obama with a birthday cake from their shop; Obama has said numerous times that he likes the cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B's best. Did Sweet Mandy B's build it's own small business, or did somebody else make that happen? ]
Here in Chicago, there’s a cupcakery (a cupcake-exclusive bakery) called Sweet Mandy B’s Cupcakes up near the DePaul University campus. It’s the least-special of all the cupcakeries in Chicago (four that I know of) and its fare tastes like bake-sale Betty Crocker — which is not necessarily a bad thing, but not professional-grade in my opinion; their cupcakes taste like those that would be made by a girl’s volleyball team and sold in the cafeteria at lunchtime to raise money for their trip to the state finals. I’ve only been in there a few times when I’ve either had to go to DePaul for something or I’ve walked by Sweet Mandy B’s on the way to the movie theater that’s further up the street.
Inside, Sweet Mandy B’s proudly displays photos of Barack Obama and Joe Biden eating their various baked goods products. It makes me wonder what the owner of this small business thinks of Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That!” rhetoric. A few attempts to reach out to Sweet Mandy B’s (whose owner is named Cindy, not Mandy…the store is actually named after her daughter) soured, with no one willing to give me a quote for an article. It seems like they don’t have a good answer for how they can so proudly display the Obama and Biden photos inside the cupcakery…while simultaneously also being proud of the small business they created that “somebody else (didn’t) make happen”.
Can you think of other good examples of this sort of thing: businesses that proudly embrace Barack Obama, feature photos of him on the walls, and yet are small businesses that did indeed “build this themselves”?
It would be fun to press these people for an explanation of how they can both support Obama while also be living proof of how wrong the man is.
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