In a much quoted speech Obama said:
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.
My question is: do you know anyone that believes the opposite of this? This was of course aimed at dispelling or disproving the "self made man" concept. Do you know anyone that ever thought this concept did not include roads and bridges to be in existence? A public school system? That a baby was born and never received help or nurturing?
Part of this argument includes pointing out some people started with more, i.e. Mitt in this case. Okay, again, because someone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth does this disprove the standard take on the self made man? Also, does this concept mean everyone that works hard will see financial success or that a little luck didn't help along the way? In sales there's an old line that goes along the lines of, "The harder you work the luckier you get." I think that sums it up pretty well.
What I'm getting at is that the issue was given a very disingenuous and poisonous framing.
Also, he needs to fact check, as the government did not "invent" the Internet (the government funded the research) and it sure as hell was not invented "so that all the companies could make money off it."