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What a… surprise: Elizabeth Warren backs up Obama on ‘you didn’t build that’

By Doug Powers  •  July 19, 2012 04:38 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The administration and other Dems, along with the AP and NYT (pardon the redundancy), are putting some desperate spin on President Obama’s infamous “you didn’t build that” speech from a few days ago. Now that Obama supporters are in the process of trying to put so much distance between the president and that speech that they’re in danger of rear-ending Voyager 1, along comes Massachusetts Senate candidate, alleged Cherokee Indian and self-proclaimed law school lactation pioneer Elizabeth Warren to back Obama on his original message while reiterating what she’s said all along.

Warren is the winner of this week’s “didn’t get the memo” contest:

Elizabeth Warren yesterday came to the defense her former boss President Obama’s controversial statement that businesses’ owners can’t take credit for their success, repeating her own campaign line that, “nobody got rich on their own.”

Warren’s reiteration of her statement — which became an iconic and controversial cornerstone of her campaign — comes as conservatives have leapt on Obama for saying “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Warren said during a campaign stop in Dorchester yesterday, “I think the basic notion is right. Nobody got rich on their own. Nobody. People worked hard, they build a business, God bless, but they moved their goods on roads the rest of us helped build, they hired employees the rest of us helped educate, they plugged into a power grid the rest of us helped build,” she said.

“The rest of us made those investments because we wanted businesses to flourish, we wanted them to grow, we wanted them to create opportunity for all of us. That’s what we do together. We get richer as a country when we make those investments.”

Wasn’t it nice of those “the rest of us” folks to whom Warren was referring (i.e. Elizabeth Warren & friends) to pay for all that infrastructure out of their university Prof salaries just so a bunch of ungrateful freeloading business owners could take advantage of it?

At any rate, don’t look for the administration to shine too much light on Warren’s defense of Obama.

In related news, the Romney campaign is taking this whole thing to the woodshed:

**Written by Doug Powers

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