WASHINGTON - This morning on CNN Newsroom, RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer discussed the context of President Obama's recent 'you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen' comments. Even though President Obama insists that his comments are being taken out of context, a closer look reveals that he meant exactly what he said: American success is the result of the work of government, not the hard work and sacrifice of America's entrepreneurs.
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SEAN SPICER: "Well, I think there's definitely a little bit of panic in Chicago right now because they realize this comment has clearly struck a chord with the American people. But the context which you're alluding to is that we've got 8.2% unemployment, 23 million Americans out of work and we should be right now encouraging that American spirit of entrepreneurship, of innovation and saying, hey, go out there, take that try, do what it takes to build a business. And the president is saying, you know, 'There's a lot of smart people. There's a lot of people that work hard. You didn't build that. Someone else did.' If it wasn't for government, you wouldn't be successful. In a sense, it's talking down the people that we need at this very time to be out there helping to turn this economy around. And it is a pattern. It's a pattern of having a Jobs Council that doesn't meet in six months. It's a pattern of not receiving an economic daily briefing since April of 2011."
CAROL COSTELLO: "Sean, before we get into that part of the argument, let's go back to your ad where you say you put the president's speech in context. Now, here is the part of the president's speech where he puts his comments in context. He said 'the point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative but also because of the things we do together.' So your latest ad still doesn't seem to accurately capture the president's comments."
SEAN SPICER: "Well, the problem right now is and, with all due respect, everyone in the media out there is defending the president saying, you know, he didn't mean this, and he didn't do that. So we're doing our best to say, hey, we'll put up as much as you want and show you the full context. But the reality is when you go give a speech, and, let's face it, the president is a very smart man, he went to Harvard, he's got a team of speechwriters. You have to scratch your head and say why isn't the president out there encouraging it? He starts off by saying there's a lot of smart people, there's a lot of hard working people but you didn't build that someone else did it. I just don't understand why that same speech couldn't have been thank you to all the small business openers. We need more like you, encouraging that American spirit."
View the latest RNC web video "The More Context You Get, The Worse It Sounds," which shows the context of President Obama's "you didn't build that" comments.