‘Didn't Build That’

Obama Tackles ‘Didn’t Build That’ Storm

As Obama heads to the Democratic National Convention, he faces questions of how he’ll respond to allegations that he’s against free enterprise—stemming from his business “didn’t build that” comment. Senior advisers hinted that the president will point to the Romney camp’s “tripod of lies” and say that the “didn’t build that” remark was taken out of context, and that the president has always had a clear faith in private enterprise. While many RNC speeches mentioned the soundbite, the president hasn’t said the words in six weeks. The original quote: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help ... If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”