John Batchelor asks on his blog:
Is Candidate Obama whining?
An odd remark at a fundraiser: Obama: “The one thing I do have no patience for is this argument that somehow what I’m criticizing is success.”
The “You didn’t build that!” trope is making him itchy, and he can’t scratch hard enough.
In Portland Oregon, Candidate Obama veered into incoherence: “We did not build this country on our own,” Obama said. “We built it together, and if Mr. Romney doesn’t understand that, then he doesn’t understand what it takes to grow this economy in the 21st Century.”
There will be more such mistakes. Puzzling. He said it. It is his remark that is making him uncomfortable.
Accusing Mitt Romney of “twisting” Candidate Obama’s words only makes the scenario more dangerous. Is Axelrod advising? The economy is sliding into recession, and the President is obsessed with his own tortured rhetoric.
The DNC is bragging that it will launch a major offensive on Romney in reaction to the “You didn’t build that!” problem, and you can hear the Democratic boilerplate in the first draft of the denunciation: “We know the Romney-Ryan budget would slash funding for education, training, research and development, scientific research, investments in clean energy, higher ed, student loans. He’d forgo new investments in high speed rail, broadband, road and bridge construction and repair. And of course – he would have let Detroit go Bankrupt.”
Can you hear panic?