Anyone who thinks I'm an Obama supporter doesn't read SnyderTalk, and he/she certainly hasn't read my book If You Voted for Obama in 2008 to Prove You're Not a Racist, You Need to Vote for Someone Else in 2012 to Prove You're Not an Idiot. That said, I am disappointed by those in the anti-Obama camp who've latched onto the quote from Obama when he supposedly claimed that Americans are lazy.
This is what he actually said: "[W]e've gotten a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We've kind of taken for granted ... people will want to come here and we aren't out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America." As a business professor, I can assure you that he is right. We did take things for granted; we did assume that we could do pretty much what we wanted, and it didn't matter; and we did get a little bit lazy. Those are simple facts, and they're a large part of our economic problem.
But did the president actually say that the American people are lazy? No he did not, and repeating that lie sends a message about conservatives that I don't want to send. I'm a conservative. I think our ideas will win on their own merits because they are right, not just in the political sense but in the moral sense as well.
It might help you to watch this YouTube video: Weekly Address: Creating an Economy Built to Last. Obama supporters across the country are getting this message. So are leaders around the globe. If you want to attack the president, don't try to make something out of nothing. You don't have to and you shouldn't because it violates the ninth commandment, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (Exodus 20: 16)
Neil Snyder is a chaired professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. His blog, SnyderTalk.com, is posted daily. His latest book is titled If You Voted for Obama in 2008 to Prove You're Not a Racist, You Need to Vote for Someone Else in 2012 to Prove You're Not an Idiot.