Heh: Caterer at Obama Iowa Event Wears “Government Didn’t Build My Business, I Did” T-Shirt

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Oh snap, that’s gonna leave a mark on Obama’s already frail psyche. The ABC News story says he wore a “pro-Romney” shirt, but this seems more like a direct response to Obama, if anything.

Ross Murty, the co-owner of the Village Corner Deli in Davenport, is a proud small-business owner who isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

Serving up pulled pork, beans and cheesy potatoes for the press at the president’s campaign event this evening, Murty wore a T-shirt that said, “Government Didn’t Build my Business, I Did.”

The shirt is a reference to a comment Obama made last month. While discussing the importance of government investments in public services, the president said, “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. … 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.”

Republicans pounced on the comment, claiming the president had denigrated small business owners and their pursuit of the American dream.

Murty, a registered Republican, was out of town this past weekend at a Cubs game in Chicago when representatives from the president’s campaign came in and asked his business partner, Bret Dalton, a registered Democrat, if they would be interested in a catering job. Dalton accepted without running it by Murty.

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