Posts Tagged ‘You Didn’t Build That
What are some local small businesses in your area that are popular in your state that Barack Obama would shout “You Didn’t Build That!” at as he rockets by in his time traveling telephone booth?
What else is on your mind today?
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.
What’s something local to your part of the country that you didn’t build and that somebody else made happen?
What are people talking about in your part of the country?
What famous landmarks or successful businesses in your state would be good for a “You Didn’t Build That!” image?
What are people talking about in your part of the country today?
Nobody, in all of history, ever built anything. Somebody else made that happen.
It was all conjured out of thin air by Democrats and Barack Obama will see to it that you understand that.
Where will he and his time-traveling-telephone booth teleport next?
What other famous things didn’t “YOU” build that Obama the scold can visit?
With the Olympics on everyone’s television, what better way to highlight the true idiocy of Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment than with a brand new meme.
Hey Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas and all the other gold medalists… in the spirit of President Obama’s theory on human success… you didn’t win that! Somebody else made that happen! After all, you couldn’t possibly have been successful without the roads and bridges that allowed you to reach the pool and the gym! The focus, the training, the countless hours of dedication… that nice but it’s barely a footnote to the contribution of the government!
No rational person would agree with the paragraph above. And yet, millions of dutifully ignorant Obama supporters see nothing wrong with the application of the same theory towards business owners. It’s madness.
Not everyone can be an gold medalist. Can we agree that these exceptional men and women are indeed born with a natural affinity for their sport? Is it OK to acknowledge that nature does play a role in the creation of an Olympic athlete?
Not everyone can be a business owner either. It takes a certain kind of person to be successful in business, and it takes an awful lot of focus and dedication. Well beyond the level of “hard work” that most non-business-owners — including President Obama — assume is necessary.
The great thing about a truly FREE country is that we don’t all have to be superstar athletes or exceptionally wealthy business owners to be successful. But in that same vein, we should not castigate those folks simply because their success is different than ours, or because we feel inadequate by comparison, or “cheated” by the system. No, we should be celebrating the success of American entrepreneurial exceptionalism the same way we celebrate our phenomenal athletes.