The Romney campaign is out with a rather despicable ad that intentionally hacks a speech the president gave on how government helps business. Watch the ad:
That would be a good ad if it wasn’t a complete fabrication. This is what the president actually said (emphasis added to highlight context):
“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.”
Did you notice how the Romney camp excluded any video from the speech? It would have been plainly obvious from the footage alone that they were cutting out entire chunks. This is not a case of capitalizing on a political gaffe akin to John Kerry’s “I voted for it before I voted against it.” The Romney campaign hacked the speech into tiny morsels and edited out all context to deliver the message that they wanted President Obama to say, not what the president actually said. When you have to resort to lies and misquotes you know you’re losing the argument.