An Open Letter to President Obama: Nobody else will run your business

Dear Mr. President,

I read remarks you made to a group of your supporters in Roanoke, Virginia. You offered your opinion on what it takes to be successful in business: “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” I’m afraid you may have been misinformed. Perhaps it is because you’ve never started or run a business.

Having started and run my own business for 24 years, I will happily share my experience with you.

As you pointed out, there are teachers and many other people who have helped me, guided me and encouraged me on my journey through life. And I thank God for all of them. But to my knowledge, none them started my business. I’m pretty sure I made that happen.

Among the many things you said contribute to my success, you list roads and bridges that somebody invested in. I must point out that I, and other taxpayers like me, are the investors. You said, “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.” I’m sure Al Gore will take issue with your assessment, but I’m siding with you on this one. But again I, and other taxpayers like me, paid for that research.

I admit that I have a successful business. I know you think somebody else built it. But when I went out on a limb to start my business I didn’t find anybody else out there with me (other than my wife and kids).

I’ve been broke and nearly broke many times in the process of building my business. It is only been in the last few years that I have started to enjoy the fruits of my labor. By the way, I’m not unique. Talk to most people who have built businesses and you’ll find their story is similar to mine.

This may be difficult to understand for someone who has never run a business. Perhaps after this election you will have the opportunity to do so. But I must warn you, Mr. President, nobody else will build your business. Nobody else will make it happen.

However, I might be of assistance as I am a business consultant. Please feel free to give me a call.


Jim Whitt

(Jim Whitt is a noted speaker, consultant, author, and unapologetic people provoker.  Visit his blog at Purpose Unlimited. This letter is in response to Obama’s speech in Roanoke, detailed here.)


  1. generoyb says

    Socialists want your money regardless.

  2. I don’t think el presidente is bright enough to realize that “we the people” are the financial engine that the government uses to pay for all of this “infrastructure” that he talks about. SInce he has spent his entire life on the receiving end of government programs, he might feel that it’s mana from heaven. (then again, I don’t think Muslims believe in heaven)

  3. Does this mean that those people who started businesses which failed also did not lose thier businesses? More socialist mumbo jumbo

  4. You have hit the nail on the head, Jim, but a bit too hard. Poor Barack Obama won’t know where to hide. I salute the United States because there an ordinary citizen feels empowered to write such a damning letter as yours to the country’s president.

  5. Ric Parent says

    Yee Haw!!!!!!!!!!! Right to point. I have often wondered why some people seek marital advice from people who have never been married???? Or when I play a round of golf, the most attentive to my deficiencies and willing to give unsolicited advice is also a poor golfer like me. So I cannot understand how lifelong govenrment employees who have not worked in the private sector can know what is needed to be successful in the private sector…those who can, do those who can’t to often try to tell others how it should be done!

  6. greg lucas says

    Obama was talking about the fact that every person has had a teacher at some point in their life who made them the person they are. you dishonestly present his remarks out of context. not surprised.

    • You’re wrong Greg. I acknowledged his teacher comment and agreed. What is it about “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” that is out of context? Good, bad or indifferent he said it. What’s dishonest about that? Don’t blame me for taking what the president said at face value. Nothing surprising about that.

  7. James Phillips says

    Socialism will never prevail in America–take it back to Kenya when you lose the election and see how you like living in a third world with no daily jet setting.

  8. Kay Caldwell says

    I agree with you Jim. I built my businesses with blood, sweat and tears and when it is all being successful lots of joy! Thanks for saying it for so many of us that love creating our own destiny.

  9. I don’t remember you helping me start my business, and I am currently getting several patents on my business,,,I sure didn’t get any help from the Gov. or anyone else..I started with nothing, and currently have several employees, So if do happen to make it big, in the future, I don’t plan on sharing my wealth with people who don’t want to get off their A—s and get work, there is always a way to make money, maybe not as much as we would like, but it cannot be done by sitting and watching the boob-tube, or standing on the corner and mulling around with friends. stop going after Romney, unless you want to step up to the plate, show your college papers, a real birth-certificate, and tell us why you are hiding all these things from the general public, behind a lawyer group in Chicago, who in the hell hides their college degrees, unless they are not proud to show them..while at it, tell Harry Reid to get his facts straight, before he opens his big mouth!

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