When Obama inarticulately argued that government-funded projects like roads and bridges help businesses thrive by saying, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” a Republican meme was born. “You didn’t build that” became the rallying cry of conservatives who felt Obama disdained the private sector and even the official theme of one day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Delegates waved “We Built It” placards while a parade of entrepreneurs appeared onstage to tell the crowd how Obama had hurt them. In the end, the out-of-context slogan wasn’t quite enough to tear down the man who said it.
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- 10. Jeep Moving Jobs from Ohio to China
- 9. Romney Is an Outsourcing Pioneer
- 8. Romney Wants to Make Arizona’s Immigration Law a Model for the Nation
- 7. Obama Tried to Curb Military Voting
- 6. Romney Wants to Deny Gay Couples Adoption Rights
- 5. Obama Promised the Stimulus Would Keep Unemployment Under 8%
- 4. Obamacare Is a Federal Takeover of the U.S. Health-Care System
- 3. Romney Wants to Ban All Abortions, Including in Cases of Rape and Incest
- 2. Obama Gutted Welfare-to-Work Requirements
- 1. Obama Apologizes for America