For the benefit of Rip Van Winkle, who just awakened, all others may skip and go to text:
There are so many questions I'd like to ask him and then, without benefit of teleprompter, watch him stumble, grapple, sneeze and obfuscate. The whole premise of his populist class-envy statement is ludicrous.
If we accept that you didn't build your business on your own because you live in a great society (small letter), had a better idea, worked harder or were a bit smarter, then we must conclude that anybody who isn't successful in America is a lazy wart on the butt of society. Why are successful people successful? Would he say that it is because HE, the government determines who should succeed and rewards their loyalty with vast stimulus checks of redistributive wealth? Solyndra, Fisker, et. al.?
Or if we look at that network of roads, bridges and transportation arteries should we conclude they are one-way? Do they exist simply to aid the entrepreneur? Isn't there a consumer seeking goods and services at the other end? Doesn't that lead to the conclusion that we build society for the benefit of all who choose to be members, not a select few which government largess allows to succeed.
And the gratuitous mention of DARPA's first generation high-level think-tank computer network which provided the genetic DNA of the Internet absolutely defies credibility.
Without Bill Gates and MS-DOS would much have happened? Investors building a network of routers and servers to distribute information played a free-enterprise part. Steve Jobs introducing a graphical user interface that took the mystery out of arcane C:\.. commands. Programmers that built increasingly feature loaded word processors, spreadsheets, databases and then apps to put them at Joe Bagadonutz fingertips all to create a new business model that allowed profitability while still keeping user costs low to non-existent.
That's called smart, hard-working, entrepreneurship and business in a free-enterprise society. It's something the privileged, affirmative-action, amoral, hypocritical mud-rakers like you, Mr. President, don't understand and never will.