MLK on: “You didn’t build that”

President Obama’s recent “You didn’t build that” comment has become quite an albatross around his neck, which the Republicans are exploiting for all it’s worth.

“You didn’t build that” has now become a viral meme.


In order to clarify what the president was attempting to say, we can look to Dr. King, who was a much wiser (and much better spoken) leader:

“We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women….When we arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge provided for us by a Pacific Islander. We reach for soap that is created for us by a Frenchman. The towel is provided by a Turk. Then at the table we drink coffee which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African. Before we leave for our jobs, we are beholden to more than half the world.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (Strength to Love, 1963)


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2 Responses to MLK on: “You didn’t build that”

  1. The video of MLK speech is exceptional as always, and the President’s remarks were taken out of context, but I hardly consider them an “Albatross” about his neck. Republicans lie, and they splice tape to distort and mislead, just like deceased, Breitbart. MLK was a man of God, and divenly led whereas, the President operates on a different level. He is also a wonderful speaker and has the ability to move the masses. Were MLK alive today, the two would probably have some differences, but as I said before, they are two different men, and being black, does not make them alike in their thinking. However, I have no doubt that MLK would be very proud of him, and would undoubtedly consult with him, just as he did with the Kennedy’s and with Johnson.

  2. I don’t think it’s going to hurt him, but the Republicans are exploiting this to the extreme. You’re right that the president and MLK are very different and have different callings. Dr King cared about justice, and he would not be in support of the wars and drone attacks, we can be sure of that. I’m sure he’d be thrilled that a black man had been elected president. America has changed a lot, and for the better, since 1968 when it comes to race relations, not that Dr King would be at all happy with our current disfunction in that area. He would have MUCH to say about MANY things today!

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