Serendipitous that Nick would post on the president’s ad accusing Romney of ‘Launching a False Attack’ for Quoting Obama exactly at the same time I was planning a followup to my piece on the president “Hollywood Mentality”. The president is trying to spin his remarks as something other than they were.
As the Weekly Standard‘s Daniel Halper (who alerted both Nick and me to the ad (in my case, via Instapundit)) put it, “The Obama campaign is purposefully trying to make it sound like Romney is misquoting the president, when the official White House transcript backs up Romney’s quotation.”
Nor has president retracted the statement; neither the campaign nor the White House said the president misspoke when he said, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” (Here’s my google search for “obama ‘didn’t build that’ misspoke” (no quotation marks in search).)
Now, if the president had rephrased the remark, adding five words after the first “that”: “enterprise entirely on your own” and replacing “Somebody else made that happen” with “Other people helped you along the way”, we would all grant that he had a point. Most of us would agree with him.
The president may be trying to spin his remarks as being other than they are, but it’s very clear what he said. Mitt Romney quoted him accurately. As have countless conservative bloggers and pundits.
If the Democrat didn’t mean what he said, why then doesn’t he simply acknowledge that he misspoke and retract — or amend — his remarks?