The Obama campaign suggested last week that Mitt Romney may have committed a felony by listing himself as Bain’s CEO in SEC filings after he left the firm in 1999 to run the Olympics. As outrageous and inappropriate the claim, President Obama has no intention of apologizing to Governor Romney.
It’s not as though Obama doesn’t like to apologize. However, he apologizes for Americans, not to Americans. In fact, the President makes a habit of apologizing - on behalf of all Americans - to despots, thugs, and countries that hate us, whether or not we have anything to apologize for. But when a member of his own senior staff makes a truly despicable and inappropriate remark, Obama will not apologize.
Mr. President, I don't apologize, either. I wholeheartedly and unabashedly believe in America and The American Way. And you have shown that you don't understand either. Obama has proven time and again that he rejects the fundamental American ideals of individualism, self-reliance, merit, and competition. In a stunning display of the disdain for success and successful people that has been emblematic of his presidency, Obama told a crowd in Roanoke, VA (full transcript here.)
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. (Applause.) …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…
Don’t think for a minute that Obama is daft. He is not. He simply doesn’t believe in competition or, more specifically, the concept of winners and losers. He doesn't recognize the education necessitated by failure. In Toto, he doesn't understand how Americans think, and what they value.