One-Liner Wednesday — Turtle on a Fence Post


“If you ever see a turtle sitting on a fence post, you know he didn’t get up there by himself.”

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown

Actually, there are quite a few people to whom this quote, or something similar, can be attributed. For example, author Alex Haley said, “Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.”

In the case of the Willie Brown quote, he said it a few weeks ago at a NAACP convention, where he was presented with the group’s award for outstanding achievement. He was essentially saying that no individual ever achieves such an honor alone.

Do you remember back in 2012 when Obama said, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own”? He went on to say, “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Whoa! Obama took a whole raft of shit from Republicans for saying that. The sentence “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that” was publicized by his political opponents during the 2012 presidential campaign as an attack on business and entrepreneurs.

But Obama was essentially saying the same thing that Willie Brown and Alex Haley were saying about the turtle on the fence post. You know he had some help. He didn’t get up there by himself.

Obama wrapped up his remarks by saying, “The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.”

Oh how I miss Barack Obama.

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

17 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Turtle on a Fence Post

  1. wideeyedwanderingspoonie July 25, 2018 / 5:59 am

    (insert clapping hands) 😉 I miss Barak Obama as well, I miss the style and grace with which he conducted himself. I miss the elegance he and Michele brought back to us. But mostly I miss the kinder, gentler people we once were. Well said Fandango, well said. 😉 JPP

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    • Sight11 July 25, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Disagree. Strongly I might add. I don’t hate him, but I don’t him like either.

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      • Fandango July 25, 2018 / 5:09 pm

        He was so much better than Bush 43 and an order of magnitude better than Trump. Which modern president was better than Obama?

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          • Fandango July 25, 2018 / 6:39 pm

            Overlooking economic policies is a pretty big thing to overlook. Yes, Reagan was a great communicator, but if he were alive today, he’d be appalled by what has become of the Republican Party

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            • Sight11 July 25, 2018 / 10:19 pm

              But no one even Obama did a better job at Economics. For me Obama way of handling the Burst was a letdown. It was a perfect moment to cure the financial institutions, but…

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            • Fandango July 25, 2018 / 10:32 pm

              Obama saved the country from going into a deep recession put in motion by Bush 43. He got the economy back on track and, of course, Trump is taking credit for the economic uptick that started under Obama. My only complaint about Obama’s is that he didn’t let people know BEFORE the election that Trump was under FBI investigation for colluding with Russia to swing the election Trump’s way. If Obama had been more forceful, this whole nightmare we’re in with Trump might never have happened. I blame Comey and Obama for Hillary’s loss.

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            • Sight11 July 26, 2018 / 3:35 am

              That’s not true. It’s just like what Regan supporters say about him. What Obama did was instead of focusing on the solution, he came up with an easy fix that is bound to crash the market sooner or later. And Obama was silent in many foreign policies. The trouble with Democrats is that for them the whole game is a stats game. They woo the Hispanic, Asian and Black voters not because out of goodwill but due to pure self interest. The Republicans are worst too in this regard. Basically what you have on the aisle are two parties who always fail to walk the talk. It’s a loss for America in both ways, the question remains which damage they prefer, the lesser damage of Dim-o-crats or the catastrophic damage of Re-pub-lica-ns…

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            • Fandango July 26, 2018 / 7:29 am

              When it comes to damage, isn’t less better than more.

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            • Sight11 July 26, 2018 / 4:36 pm

              That’s why I too want Democrats to win. But can’t ignore the trouble Obama made

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            • Fandango July 26, 2018 / 4:46 pm

              Most of the trouble Obama’s had was due to obstructionist Republicans (e.g., Mitch McConnell) who wanted to block everything Obama wanted to do. And now Trump is reversing everything Obama’s did get accomplished.

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