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The grammar of “You didn’t build that” …

July 26, 2012

Geez, I’ve been getting emails from folks explaining what the Orator-in-Chief meant by “You didn’t build that” …  all essentially repping the Obama Truth Team’s talking point:

“The President’s full remarks show that the ‘that’ in ‘you didn’t build that’ clearly refers to roads and bridges–public infrastructure we count on the government to build and maintain.”



Let’s drill down.

Remember, it was Obama himself who lectured the world that “They’re not just words. Words have meaning”.

So, let’s look closely at an analysis of the words:

The word “business” is more proximate to the pronoun “that” and therefore its more likely antecedent.

“Roads and bridges” is plural; “that” is singular. If Obama was talking about roads and bridges in a grammatically correct way, he would have said, “You didn’t build those.”

I know, cut him some slack … it was only his second campaign event without using his trademark teleprompter.


No slack.


Because he self-proclaimed that he has a “gift” for oratory.

In an  interview with CNN , Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed a 2005 encounter with then-Sen. Barack Obama.

Reid had praised Obama for a speech he had just given.

The  newly-elected senator declared to Reid, “I have gift.”

As the WSJ quipped

Barack Obama is supposed to be the World’s Greatest Orator, the smartest man in the world.

Yet his loyalists want us to believe he is not even competent to construct a sentence.


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P.S. Remember a couple of weeks ago when Obama kept up the Bain outsourcing riff even after the Wash Post gave his claims 3 Pinocchios?  For somebody who dishes it, he seems to have very thin skim.

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