You Didn’t Get Here On Your Own
July 23, 2012 § 2 Comments
“You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities.”
- Mitt Romney, speech at the Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in 2002
- Source: video
- Context: The Romney campaign has criticized Obama for a speech he made in which he said that business owners are successful because of their own initiative, but also because they relied on their communities and on the services and infrastructure which everyone helps build and sustain. In this case, Romney made a statement almost identical to what Obama said in Virginia, stating that Olympic athletes could not have made it to the Olympics without the help of those who guided them and their communities.