Obama says “you didn’t build that” but Burl Ives in the 1957 movie version of Tennessee Williams play, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, begs to differ, you can find the scene beginning at the 29 min mark in the movie. Here’s the transcript.
DEACON: Look here. Telegrams!
Hundreds of them from every corner of this great state… Wishing you happy birthday.
Do you want me to read them? One from the governor and the senator…
BIG DADDY: It must be getting on to election time, hey, Deacon?
DEACON: Let’s remember, we’re all lambs in the same pasture.
Everybody, including Big Daddy, owes thanks to those in high places who…
BIG DADDY: Gave us nothing. Every scrap on this table was raised right here on this place, Deacon.
I made a pastureland out of this place when it was nothing but a swamp.
And it was done with the help of God, and not any governor.
Ironic, isn’t it!