Fox’s Beckel replied to his co-hosts regarding the distortion of President Obama Comments: “Once again, we put something on the air that’s a flat-out lie.” In our country, we all work together to keep in functional, and that seems to be the President’s sentiment. Sometimes, we have to give each other a hand — that’s part of life — that’s part of being America.
The President’s words were used out of context. PolitiFact transcribed Obama’s speech which echoes Elizabeth Warren’s amazing words:
“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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
“The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.
“So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the G.I. Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for President — because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.”
How terribly evil to want to work together. President Obama was not taking anything away from successful Americans. Instead he was promoting unity which is something our divisive country has been severely lacking.
Big thanks to Media Matters.