Romney v.2002 told Olympians they didn’t build that

Romney’s jumping on the President’s “you didn’t build that” remark is fairly indicative of the vapidity of his campaign.  His whole message was based on a purposeful misconstruing of what Obama was saying.  That’s all you got, Willard?

So it sure was fun seeing the video the LA Times dug up of Romney giving essentially the same message to Olympians in 2002.

Romney in 2002: Olympians ‘didn’t get here solely on your own power’ by Morgan Little for the LA Times, Jul. 23, 2012

“You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers encouraged your hopes,” he said after praising the competitors in footage unearthed by NBC News. “Coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches and communities.”

To paraphrase how candidate Romney would respond: That’s tantamount to telling Sarah Hughes that she didn’t win her figure skating gold medal, or that Bode Miller didn’t earn his two silver medals.

The article also includes Romney’s retake on his response to the President’s comments:

“We of course have benefits from fireman and people who build roads, and teachers, and they help contribute to our society. Don’t forget by the way, that government does not provide those things. We pay for those things, all right. We’re paying for that,” Romney said.

Um…isn’t that the point?  We are paying for those things and asking the government to provide them because they help us all?  Is it socialist now to acknowledge that there exists a common good to which we all can and should contribute?


One Comment on “Romney v.2002 told Olympians they didn’t build that”

  1. okieprogressive says:

    I see that programs that helps folks spend money and hopefully buy a home, business, or farm (property) is closer to Capitalism than the Right wants to acknowledged. Poor folks having money to buy property is a scary idea–can’t take the rich man’s game. Gov should help all people and not just the Mitts of the world.

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