The thing about context is it’s easy to find in this day of the Google. The other thing about context? It’s a bitch. Especially if you want to espouse some bullshit notion that our President is a communist. Enter impressionable youth in hoodie from the teabagging in DC:


What’s that at the end?

Free Market Philosophy
“One of reasons I am running for the presidency is to bring this philosophy to an end!”

Here’s the problem with the “quote” on the T-shirt. You can look it up on teh Google. The only place you find that exact quote is on a handful of rightwing sites. Given how heavily covered Obama speeches and campaign events were, what is the chance Google missed the transcript?


What you will find though is this speech in which Obama is talking about how we got into the financial mess we are in:

This financial crisis is a direct result of the greed and irresponsibility that has dominated Washington and Wall Street for years. It?s the result of speculators who gamed the system, regulators who looked the other way, and lobbyists who bought their way into our government. It?s the result of an economic philosophy that says we should give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else; a philosophy that views even the most common-sense regulations as unwise and unnecessary. And this economic catastrophe is the final verdict on this failed philosophy ? a philosophy that we cannot afford to continue.

So was President Obama talking about the “Free Market Philosophy”? No, he was talking about trickle down economics, greed, and irresponsibility. Something wingnuts now…you know…protest against!

Even if you do have some success finding the exact phrase “One of reasons I am running for the presidency is to bring this philosophy to an end”, you won’t find it in the context of talking about the “Free Market Philosophy”.

Context. It’s a bitch.

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