Originally Posted by ScotchAndCigar
Bunch of fools you all are. Gamoto is the ringmaster. "Here, let me start a thread featuring the chopped-up words of the President to make him sound like a socialist". And then all the sheep come in to go baa, baa.
In the full speech (and not the still-shortened excerpt posted in this thread), Obama is pretty far into a long campaign speech when this portion comes up. He credits the great American system we have for educating a smart business owner, and references the American infrastructure (roads, internet) as enablers necessary for a business to be successful.
He specifically refers to roads when he says "if you're a business owner, you didn't build that". He is NOT referring to the business itself; that's a result of the editing.
His point is unambiguous and simple - the government provides infrastucture for the benefit of American citizens, from roads to teachers to internet, and these benefits are not only essential to individuals, but business owners as well. "We succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together." I think he's adequately sucking up to small business owners, no?
The government doesn't provide the infrastructure for American citizens, American citiziens provide it (or at least the 50% that pay their taxes).