CBS Defends Obama's 'You Didn't Build That' Remarks; Invokes 'It Takes A Village'
On Thursday's CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose and John
Dickerson shamelessly defended the President Obama's "you didn't build
that" comments on business. Rose asserted, "If you look at the full context of that He was talking about building roads to these businesses, and they didn't build the roads."
Dickerson invoked a liberal slogan from the 1990s: "What the President was saying, is it takes a village essentially, to use a cliche from a previous campaign; that no matter what you've done, you've been helped in your life, whether it's by teachers or roads or the policeman on the corner."
The CBS political director brought up Mitt Romney's attack on Obama's
remarks as he pointed out the presidential campaigns' strategies to
paint the opposing candidate as disconnected from ordinary Americans.
Co-anchor Erica Hill followed up by asking Dickerson if the Republican
candidate's attack on the President's remarks was "working as an attack
line for them?"
The former Time correspondent acknowledged that "it certainly has got the President's campaign a little bit back on their heels. The President has put out an ad, saying that, of course, he supports small business. So, this is -- the Romney campaign is back on offense, after being on defense for a few weeks."
Rose then launched his "full context" defense of the President. Dickerson agreed with the anchor's liberal talking point, and cited the Clinton-era catchphrase: