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Exclusive: TheBlaze Interviews Deli Owner Who Wore 'Government Didn't Build My Business, I Did' Shirt While Catering For President

"I felt the comments were not only uninformed but uneducated."


Ross Murty, a small business owner of the Village Corner Deli in Davenport, Iowa, won't turn down a catering gig, even if he completely disagrees with his client.  On Wednesday afternoon that client was the President's press corp. And while Murty has immense reservations over Obama's recent "You didn't build that" comments, he kept quite and let his shirt do the talking.

"I had been wanting to buy one of those shirts before," Murty told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview, "this just seemed like the right time to bring it out."  The shirt reads "Government Didn't Build My Business, I Did," and Murty believes every word of it.

Murty has been in the restaurant business for 25 years and started his Deli just five years ago as a start-up venture with a partner.  When asked about the president's comments that inspired the shirt, he didn't hold back.

"I felt the comments were not only uninformed but uneducated.  Basically coming from someone who has had zero business experience, who has no idea what a business owner does in a typical day. What kind of financial risk they take to start a business.  What personal sacrifices they make to stay in business."

Murty clarified that "the indictment is not on him personally, it's on the job that he's doing and the job that he was never qualified to do."

When asked what he would have said to the President were he to have met him with the shirt on, he said he would have wanted to "sit down and have a thoughtful conversation," and would have educated the president on the actual struggles of a small business owner.

"Possibly he could learn a few things about sacrifice that business owners make and financial risk that they take and what they actually do bring to the table for this country. Whether somebody was successful it is the fruits of their labor," he said, before adding that people "of course" help each other but it's "certainly not the government" who can claim the credit for it.

"The only time the government came to do anything for me was with their hand out," Murty said "A fee for this, a fee for that."  Murty boiled it down by saying "the Government gets in the way."

When asked about the Obama defense that "roads and bridges" were built by the government, he quickly responded: "with our tax money."

"That money just didn't come out of thin air," he noted, "that money came from tax payers.  So it's not that the government just out of the goodness of its heart built all this stuff. We the taxpayers payed for it."

In a final question we asked Murty if Michelle Obama would have had a problem with the food he was serving. He chuckles and says,"Yes I do." But he adds that the press corps "loved it."

Hear the interview below:

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