Quote of the Day: Obama "Gaffe" Edition

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July 18 2012 11:04 AM

Quote of the Day: Obama "Gaffe" Edition

Nobody helped them except us. They did it on their own.

- Andrew Sutton, 35, telling an investigative reporter at Fox News about how his kids built a lemonade stand without any of that dang-blasted government help.

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I think this is the reductio ad absurdium of angry "build it" reactions. My general rule for any gaffe is -- does it make any sense the way that it's being weaponized against the gaffe-maker? Or does it make more sense in a larger context? Without more context, Sutton's point here is totally insane. Obviously he helped his kids. Similarly, you have to be convinced that Barack Obama is a collectivist who wants to nationalize all industry to think he literally does not believe that any business founder ever created anything.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.