Nobody in this country succeeds all on their own, Mittens.Posted: July 20, 2012
Mittens (commenting on President Obama’s statement that no one does it alone):
“The idea, to say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motor…to say something like that is not just foolishness: it’s insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America, and it’s wrong.”
How the President should respond, according to Daily Kos:
“Did Steve Jobs stand on an assembly line and assemble the iPod? No. Did Henry Ford attach motors to the Model T? No. Thousands of ordinary folks who get up in the morning and with calloused hands and sweaty brows…they are the ones who built those companies. Salesmen and customer service reps and repairmen and ordinary consumers. That’s who built those companies. Mitt Romney seems to think that it’s the team owners who win championships and not the team. He seems to think it’s owners whose money matters, and not the fans. Any real businessman knows you’ll never make a dime without your employees and your customers.
Mitt Romney may be on the side of owners, but me…I’m on the side of the employees and the customers. It’s great for entrepreneurs and shareholders and bondholders to make money. That’s wonderful. But somebody needs to stand up on the side of people who do the not so glamorous work in this country. Mitt Romney won’t. I will. That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.”
(Back in 1994, in an episode of Michael Moore’s TV series “TV Nation,” Moore held the “CEO Challenge.” He used a bullhorn to summon the CEOs of major corporations to join him on the sidewalk in front of their respective headquarters, and perform simple tasks using their company’s products in order to justify their huge salaries. He asked the chairman of IBM to format a disk, the chairman of Colgate-Palmolive to wash dishes, and the CEO of Phillip Morris to roll a cigarette. CEO Alexander Trotman of Ford was the only one to participate, descending to change the oil on an Explorer.)