'You Didn't Build That!' Still Resonates

The owner of a three-month old bakery in Virginia turned down the chance to have the vice president and his entourage visit for a photo op. The owner spells out exactly why he blocked the veep.


Wednesday morning, advance teams for Vice President Joe Biden walked in.

“I approached her she said Joe Biden is coming to town today,” McMurray said.

“Crumb and Get It” is a mom and pop store. Literally. Chris and his wife Kelly run the place and need all the business they can get.

McMurray said the Vice President’s entourage got to the point and made its pitch.

“She said they have selected ‘Crumb and Get It” to be his stop on his way to Blacksburg and was wondering if that was ok.”

Here’s the part that might make other business owners crazy.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime but essentially I said ‘No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here. At that time she said ‘Are you sure? There’s going to be a lot of press, a lot of activity,’” McMurray said.

Why in the world would a new business owner say “no” to a photo op with the Vice President of the United States?

McMurray said it was President Obama‘s recent remarks about small business and who built what.

“Very simply, ‘you didn’t build that’” McMurray said. “Speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across this country and actually last night my wife was up all night. No sleep, she’s worked a full 24 hours.”


But according to President Barack Obama, she didn’t build the roads and schools near her business, so she shouldn’t feel like she’s smarter or worked harder than anyone else. “Let me tell you, there are a whole bunch of hard working people out there,” the president said. Before heading off for a round of golf.

The next part of the story, one can only hope is true.

[W]e’re told that shortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s advance people ‘no’ — the secret service walked in and told Chris McMurray ”Thanks for standing up and saying ‘no’ — then they bought a whole bunch of cookies and cupcakes.

The Crumb and Get It bakery is in Radford, VA. If you’re in that area, they could use your business.


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