“Obviously, I have regrets for my syntax,” said President Obama. “But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying.”
Syntax, according to Dictionary.com, deals with the “formation of grammatical sentences in a language.” So in other words, Obama regrets they way he said it, but not what he said.
The president also said America is much, much better off than it was four years ago.
“We are absolutely better off than we were when I was sworn in and we were losing 800,000 jobs in a month,” he said, adding that there is “much more to do.”
The president’s remarks on the role of government in individual success have been used as something of a “rallying cry” by the GOP and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan.
In fact, the theme of the Republican National Convention held last week in Tampa, Fla., was “We Built It.”
Perhaps because he has been attacked for his Elizabeth Warren-inspired speech by both the GOP and small business owners, the president finally decided that it was time to admit that maybe, just maybe, it didn’t sound too good.
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(H/T: FX). Front page photo source courtesy the AP. This story has been updated.