I am continuously amazed to still discover people who have never even heard of Obama’s “you didn’t build that” riff. I test the waters all the time because it is an indicator of sorts even though we are here in the antipodes where it is even less likely than in America for any serious anti-Obama kind of statement to become well known. But really! What does this man have to do to make people aware of his deficiencies?
But there is this nice article by Clarice Feldman that looks at the progress over the past week in getting these words out into the public domain and then at the controversy they have caused. Lots of interest in this relatively longish article, but this discussion, which she took from Ace of Spades on the troubles Obama has when he goes off-teleprompter, summed up quite a bit of how uncertain it is that there really is any great intellect that lies beneath:
For such a supposedly fantastic speaker, it’s sure hard to bring to mind any outstanding Obama quotes. I remember nothing from his big post-racial race speech, his inaugural, his state of the union addresses. What I remember is when he goes off teleprompter.
‘Why can’t I just eat my waffle?’
‘I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.’
‘The private sector is doing fine.’
‘At a certain point, you’ve made enough money.’
‘The Cambridge police acted stupidly.’
‘I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.’
‘They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.’
‘We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.”
‘I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.’
‘You didn’t build that.’
Obama has no idea what it takes to create prosperity or freedom. Is it really going to be the close election it now looks like being? Or is the American electorate going to teach the Democrats a lesson not to put up such a dud candidate ever again? The other alternative really is too awful to contemplate, but Obama does still lead in the polls.