Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fox meme gets Cool Blasted

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As my esteemed colleague Steve Benen pointed out earlier, President Obama is pushing back against the Romney campaign's thoroughly bogus "you didn't build it" attacks.
This hasn't stopped Fox and Friends from putting on two adorable little girls who run a lemonade stand to further their meme. Here's a back-and-forth between host Brian Kilmeade and the 7-year-old CEO of Cool Blast Lemonade of Texas, Clara Sutton:
Kilmeade: Clara, how do you feel about the President saying that you needed help to start this business. And just speak from -- speak from within. All right, you know what? Let's switch over to --
Younger sister Eliza yawns. Clara begins to speak.
Kilmeade: Why don't you answer that one?
Clara, age 7: I would say that's rude because we worked very hard to build this business. But we did have help.
Kilmeade: And your help came from?
Clara: Our help came from our investors, our dad and stepmom, along with other friends and family.
Funny, Clara sounds not just like President Obama, but like Mitt Romney talking to athletes at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics (video). Apparently, business people do need other people. Everyone knows this. Stay classy, Fox and Friends.
And Clara? We'd buy a Cool Blast lemonade from you anytime.(H/t Erik Wemple)

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ROMNEY: You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities.
Romney agreed with Obama as recently as last week, saying in a campaign appearance, “I know that you recognize a lot of people help you in a business. Perhaps the bank, the investors. There is no question your mom and dad, your school teachers. The people who provide roads, the fire, the police. A lot of people help.”

The President said that together, Americans built the free enterprise system that we all benefit from…. He has invested in our roads, bridges and highways, he has doubled Pell grant scholarships and reformed the student loan system to help students afford college, and he is committed to making sure that every community in America is connected to the digital age by expanding broadband access. Ironically, Mitt Romney knows better than anyone that business can’t always do it alone…. These attack ads make you wonder. Does [Romney] even understand how our economy works? You and I know how it works. We build our businesses through hard work and initiative, with the public and private sectors working together to create a climate that helps us grow. President Obama knows that, and he’s fighting to strengthen our economy on that basic principle.

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