Unsurprisingly, Obama Has Some Regrets About ‘You Didn’t Build That’

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US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the economy and the crash of a US helicopter in Afghanistan in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington,DC on August 8, 2011.  Obama on Monday defended America's credit after Standard & Poor's downgraded its top notch debt rating, insisting the economy's woes were "eminently solvable" with political will. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Not his real message about how infrastructure and education support the growth of businesses, but the part where his out-of-context remark became the main theme of the Republican National Convention. "Obviously, I have regrets for my syntax," Obama told NBC 12 in Richmond, Virginia. "But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying." He's clearly choosing his words more carefully these days. The president added, "This is an example of ... for the other side, a tendency to shave the truth a little bit to try to win political points," though he was clearly longing to lob a "You lie!" back at Republicans.