Barack Obama was bulldozed at a recent rally in Mount Vernon, Iowa, thanks to a group of small business owners who teamed up to send him a message: We did build this, despite what you might think. The message is conveyed with a large red, white, and blue bulldozer with “Romney-Ryan 2012” painted across the blade in front.
Along with greeting Obama at the recent rally, J.J. Scheckel Heavy Equipment Corporation’s bulldozer will be displayed at what they’re calling “strategic locations” for the next three weeks until Election Day 2012.
The idea was inspired in response to Barack Obama’s comments in July: “Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. … If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
J.J. Scheckel employee Dick Steines drives the bulldozer and didn’t like Obama’s message anymore than did his boss, co-workers, and other small businesses who played a part in creating a piece of heavy equipment intended to bulldoze Barry in Iowa. Said Steins, “My boss built his business from scratch and he wants others to succeed.” “It’s the person you are who builds the business,” he went on.
Scheckel employees, with the help of other small businesses, painted the bulldozer, says Steins — and it’s already creating quite a stir, according to him. “I saw a lot of people looking in their rear-view mirrors like, ‘What the heck did I just pass?'” said Steins.
The vehicle made its debut at a pro-Romney rally in Mount Vernon, just blocks away from where Obama was set to speak later that night. The Romney rally also attracted College Republicans from the University of Northern Iowa. “We’re not happy with President Obama,” UNI student Christie Tague of Cedar Falls said. “I’m sick of hope. I haven’t seen any.”
Tague went on to cite several friends unable to find jobs after graduating thanks to Obama’s notion of hope and change that never materialized on his watch.