Ross Murty, deli co-owner, caters for Obama, wears "Gov't Didn't Build My Business" shirt

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Ross Murty exercised his right to free speech during Obama's visit to his deli.
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President Obama's campaign staff likes Ross Murty's Davenport, Iowa deli, but Murty isn't shy about not liking Obama's politics.

Yesterday, Murty catered for Obama and his entourage during a stop on the president's bus tour through our neighbor to the south, but did so while wearing a pro-Romney shirt that dings Barack for a gaffe he made last month. The shirt reads: "Government didn't build my business, I did."

During a speech in Virginia last month, Obama said the following (emphasis mine):
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There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn't -- look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don't do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.
Within days, the Romney campaign released a scathing campaign ad focused on small business owners' indignation about the president's "You didn't build that" remark.

From the ad (via Fox News):
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Independent Journal Review
"If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. ... I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart," the president says, as the ad shows [a small metal fabricating business owner named Jack Gilchrist] saying goodbye to his family and heading off to work. "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

The ad then cuts to an incredulous Gilchrist, who asks: "My father's hands didn't build this company? My hands didn't build this company? My son's hands aren't building this company? Did somebody else take out the loan on my father's house to finance the equipment? Did somebody else make payroll every week or figure out where it's coming from?

"President Obama, you're killing us out here. Through hard work and a little bit of luck, we built this business. Why are you demonizing us for it? We are the solution, not the problem."
Some have criticized the ad for taking Obama's comments out of context, but Romney's critique resonated with Murty, who is a registered Republican. The co-owner of the Village Corner Deli went as far as to purchase his "Government didn't build my business, I did" from Rommey's website. But his business partner is a Democrat and accepted an offer to cater for Obama while Murty was out of town.

"I would never say no to anybody for any reason," Murty told the Washington Post. "My partner and I have different views in politics, but business is business."

The Romney campaign seized on the attention Murty's t-shirt is receiving, sending out an email imploring the president to extend his Iowa visit.

"Mr. President, please stay another day!" the email says.

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Tim Neuenschwander
Tim Neuenschwander

@Todd Bakken - Thanks for the kind words; I hope you are doing well!

Tim Neuenschwander
Tim Neuenschwander

In regard to your first salvo, you are incorrect in assessing my political allegiances. I am an independent. I vote for individuals I believe can make our country a better place to live, not parties or ideologies. For the record, I do not have much faith in either presidential candidate at this point in time, and that's coming from someone who hoped for change the last time around. As for your second assertion: I am very grateful to all of the people who helped me throughout life. I have been blessed by the support of a loving family, the best teachers anyone could ask for, and the kind of mentors that make a lasting, positive impression. And perhaps most importantly, I am very grateful for the clients that have confidence to do business with me on a daily basis. However, a distinction needs to be made. The government has funded the schools, paved the roads and provided the protection for ALL of us to succeed. But business owners take on an additional risk in the hopes of achieving a greater reward. We all have the tools provided by the government, but that doesn't mean that a business owner should strictly credit the government with all they've achieved. Frankly, I wouldn't expect someone who climbed the corporate ladder -- or for that matter, even someone who reached the apex of their career in a government field -- to assert that they wouldn't have done so without government assistance.

Todd Bakken
Todd Bakken

@Thomas Zocher "accept that it can't" ??? You mean "except," if you're going to call someone else dumb, maybe you should go back to grade school English. And when all you do is call someone you don't know names, provide no meaningful statement, it's pretty clear you're the dumbest person on this thread, and again, you're too stupid to even use the correct words. Tim Neuenshwander is much more intelligent than you, and didn't have to resort to childish name calling to express his opinion, unlike some of those on the left.

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

undefinedTim Neuenschwander: you people are the dunce cap.

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Tim Neuenschwander: OH....accept that it can't. But nice try making that statement and backing it up with nothing - your party's style summed up in one sentence.

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Yes, of course, asshole. Every success was made by an individual alone. Nobody ever got help along the way that in some way contributed to your success. The problem with moronic statements like this one and the morons that state them is that they have no ability to think or reason past layer one or step one, if you will. They think "I opened my business and that was that" -- paying no mind to a million ways in which they had probably been helped their entire lives, which led them to this success. Also, ASSHOLE, that's not what Obama said or meant, but like a true Republican talking point follower, you are doing your duty to spread the dumb.

Tim Neuenschwander
Tim Neuenschwander

And for the record, if that was a story about a liberal wearing an anti-anything Republican shirt, this board would be blowing up with affirmations. You people wear your bias like a dunce cap.

Tim Neuenschwander
Tim Neuenschwander

@ Bob Alberti -- Everything you say there could also be applied to Democratic voters.

Tim Neuenschwander
Tim Neuenschwander

Wow. So the posters on here are attacking a guy who took the risk to start a business and succeeded. And they want to believe that the "government" helped create that success. Of course, these are people that were granted those same "gifts" by the government, but didn't have the initiative or guts to start a business on their own. So apparently it takes more than just what the government has "given" to start, run and maintain a successful business.

schmoopers
schmoopers

Medicare, Social Security, roads, etc, blah, blah, blah. This guy paid his shre plus ome in taxes over his lifetime, so he should not feel one bit of guilt for it. What of the leeches and there are alot of them, that do not contribute one dime, do ntohing to assist but use the same roads, and collect social secuirty and medicare? Do you share this same hypocritical hatred for them, losers?

 

ManadaB
ManadaB

@JayJustSaid I've been steering clear of Twitter because people make me want to punch faces...not you...but people in t-shirts like that.

Lauren Clauer
Lauren Clauer

Bob Alberti you are awesome I love your comments here and about the cheerio torcher yesterday

Angela Zaun Ollswang
Angela Zaun Ollswang

Plus, unless he was educated at a private school, a government worker (teacher) taught him how to read that ridiculous shirt.

Jeff Cagle
Jeff Cagle

If you read the article, you'll see that the man's business partner is an ardent Democrat and has some connections with VP Joe Biden. They both get along and do what's best for their business.

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

It sure sounds like government is paying him for his services, maybe he wants to lose that account to someone more grateful. Then he can say government helped him lose his business.

Joe Wessels
Joe Wessels

Whoa. This is going way too far. A conservative using peaceful protest must be dealt with in a swift and merciless manner. That is solely a liberal tactic. How could a small minded Iowan ever go against principles that, if there were a God, would surely be divine. We must rise up, dust off our F*** Bush bumper stickers, and put this fool back in chains.

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Stupid asses wont admit that without the government building the roads the sewer system the electrical grid and water supply etc. THAT enabled you to build your business. Without the infrastructure you wouldnt be shit. And big fuck wow youre a caterer. PLUS these idiots are used to voting against their own interests.

Chrissy Burgell
Chrissy Burgell

If this guy is just a co-owner, then the other co-owner helped, too.

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

is it ok to wear a klan robe to a naacp event? he could show a little class.

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

is it ok to wear a klan robe to a naacp event? he could show a little class.

John Walsh
John Walsh

He's just profiting from the Govt. Taxpayers who wrote the check for his rubber chicken dinner that he served...stfu already.

Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson

I bet this idiot is a Tea Party member too -- And he probably has Small Business Loan from the government or from a bank -- Unless he has one of those people that a money trees growing in his backyard, he had to have gotten the money from either a job, family, inherited, loans ,grants all are given to him from someone else – if he got it from a job he got the money from his employer, family or inheritance he got the money from other family members, loans he got the money from the lenders and all the people that invested their money into the financial institutes.

Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson

I bet this idiot is a Tea Party member too -- And he probably has Small Business Loan from the government or from a bank -- Unless he has one of those people that a money trees growing in his backyard, he had to have gotten the money from either a job, family, inherited, loans ,grants all are given to him from someone else – if he got it from a job he got the money from his employer, family or inheritance he got the money from other family members, loans he got the money from the lenders and all the people that invested their money into the financial institutes.

Giovanna Fregni
Giovanna Fregni

You know, the one thing that's missing from all these "I built my own business" rants is they never mention their customers. The guy could have the best deli in the world, but he couldn't make it without people coming in and buying stuff. No business is in an isolated world where they don't depend on other people or some form of government support or infrastructure. That includes all the folks who also benefit from the infrastructure, jobs, health care, and money that is regulated by the government.

Giovanna Fregni
Giovanna Fregni

You know, the one thing that's missing from all these "I built my own business" rants is they never mention their customers. The guy could have the best deli in the world, but he couldn't make it without people coming in and buying stuff. No business is in an isolated world where they don't depend on other people or some form of government support or infrastructure. That includes all the folks who also benefit from the infrastructure, jobs, health care, and money that is regulated by the government.

Chrissy Burgell
Chrissy Burgell

If he really cared so much about his opposition to Obama, he could have refused to do the catering.

Nick Glover
Nick Glover

Gross. Who wants food from someone that hasn't had their business gone over by a health inspector, and made sure it was up to code and safe to sell to people?

Nick Glover
Nick Glover

Gross. Who wants food from someone that hasn't had their business gone over by a health inspector, and made sure it was up to code and safe to sell to people?

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Shall we play tag-the-image with Ross Murty? Probably a public education. Drove to the catering job on roads paid for with public tax monies. Free to work due to soldiers' sacrifices on the battlefield. Electrical circuits behind him managed by a publicly regulated utility. Safe food due to the existence of the FDA. Absorption of right-wing propaganda received over the public airwaves. I could go on and on. Another smug, ignorant idiot being manipulated into voting against his own best interests by wealthy powerful people and organizations that don't care one bit about him and wouldn't lift a finger to help him if he fell on hard times.

A1batross
A1batross

Shall we play tag-the-image with Ross Murty?Drove to the catering job on roads paid for with public tax monies. Free to work due to soldiers' sacrifices on the battlefield. Electrical circuits behind him managed by a publicly regulated utility. Safe food due to the existence of the FDA. Absorption of right-wing propaganda received over the public airwaves. I could go on and on. Another smug, ignorant idiot being manipulated into voting against his own best interests by wealthy powerful people and organizations that don't care one bit about him and wouldn't lift a finger to help him if he fell on hard times.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

What roads did he use to deliver that food? How did he get there without his food being hijacked and stolen? Where did the power infrastructure come from for him to have his business where it is? How about the water infrastructure, the sewer? Does he deliver his food with a vehicle? with gasoline subsidized by the government? This guy is an idiot.

21law
21law

.@JayJustSaid and drought and flood assistance to IA, police protection, etc etc #WhatA #Maroon cc @lawremipsum

Spencer Dobson
Spencer Dobson

I'm really trying to find a better way to say, screw that guy, but I can't.

Tracey Frampton
Tracey Frampton

Unless a business owner funds their start-up 100% without any outside help from investors or banks, then they DID get help.

sumnums
sumnums

@JayJustSaid That's a great look - tshirt over long sleeve crew shirt with popped collar. Biker guy salt-and-pepper mustache completes it.

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

The same people who construe these Obama words as entirely literal are also the same people who take lines as they choose from the Bible as literal. People need to learn a higher order of thinking and think about those words a little more for what they are truly saying, which is that there are contributing factors, people AND supporters of everyone's success. A leader is not a leader without followers. A business is not a business without customers.

JayJustSaid
JayJustSaid

@panopticon13 In cases like this I really wonder if the person ever saw what Obama said or only the ad with clips

JayJustSaid
JayJustSaid

@ManadaB You're more of a tumblr person. I gave up on tumblr, not there much. Don't forget to slum it on twitter sometimes

keny1
keny1

 @A1batross At least this guy pays taxes, employs people and actually contributes to society.  You fucking think Obama would help this guy if he ran into hard times? LOL!!  That is the funniest thing I have heard all year.  Obama doesn't give a flying fuck about small business.  All he cares about is giving handouts to worthless Welfare trash of American society to get votes.  He only bailed out GM, because the Union promised him big donations to his campaign.  You must be so fucking stupid, it isn't even funny!!  You think Obama cares about you?  LOL!!  All Obama cares about is MONEY MONEY MONEY!!  Just like the Republicans!! You Libturds are just TOO funny!! 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @A1batross I wonder if his fat ass will be on Medicare or Social Security when he's older?   My bet is he will be a phony just like Ayn Rand screaming for the politicians to keep their hands off his Medicare while keeping those Social Security checks coming. 

JayJustSaid
JayJustSaid

@21law corn and pork subsidies offsetting the costs of ham sandwiches with corn syrup infused buns, etc etc etc

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @keny1 Hey racist idiot.  How much did you pay in taxes last year?  Was it more than 13%?  I will never understand what makes Republicans such cowardly bootlickers who look at a draft dodging cult member like Mitt Romney and wonder how they can make his taxes lower.  You are a pathetic loser who is screwing over the country.  How stupid are you to kiss the ass of a draft dodging tax cheat like Mittens.

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