If Team O wants the "You didn't build that" dust-up to go away, they certainly aren't acting like it. If we aren't mistaken, this is the first time we've ever heard a President re-visit ill-advised comments and feel resigned to relate to us rubes precisely what it is that he meant.
The greatest orator in U.S. history explains:
(insert "shovel-ready" job joke, here)
Out of context? You decide. From... good lord... two weeks ago:
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
(italics, ours, in case you weren't sure what all the commotion was about)
Not only are the criticisms valid because of the context of the comments, the criticisms are valid because that is precisely what you would expect a top-down, command and control, government-centric statist to say. That's who he is and no amount of backtracking and feeble attempts such as this to dig himself out of his self-made hole are going to convince folks otherwise.
His two greatest achievements, Porkulus and ObamaCare: odes to centralized planning at the expense of individual initiative and choice are the legislative epitomes of "You didn't build that (we did)". He can't help it - it's just who he is.