Mitt Romney Intentionally Misquotes President Obama Again

Mitt Romney went on the Larry Kudlow show on Monday to discuss Obama’s July 13 speech in Roanoke, Virginia, and misquoted it, intentionally, yet again.

Romney said: “He says, you know, you think you’ve been successful because you’re smart, but he says a lot of people are smart,” Romney said. “You think you’ve been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard. This is an ideology which says hey, we’re all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past. It’s a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy.”

Here is the actual speech:

“If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own,” the president actually said. “I’m always struck by people who think, ‘Wow, 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.’ Lemme tell you something: there are a lot of hard working people out there. If you are 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’s 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 did not get invented on its own.”

(Source: ThinkProgress,org and

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