Snoopy's hot dog grill, a Raleigh fixture since 1978, is now at the center of a national political debate. At least on Twitter, anyway.
The Republican National Committee, Arizona Republican Party and even a Mitt Romney campaign consultant retweeted a photo of a Snoopy's sign on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh that takes issue with President Barack Obama's recent speech about business owners.
Steve Webb, the owner, wrote on his marquee: "Mr. Obama, I did create this business."
Webb's sentiment riffs on recent remarks from Obama in which the president said: "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. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
The hashtag #youdidn'tbuildthat has been trending on Twitter along with the photo of Steve Webb's Snoopy's sign taken by the GOP.
Democrats contend the GOP is taking the president's remarks out of context. But Webb disagrees. "I do not think it is taken out of context," he said. "I think that's his philosophy. He's anti-business, and he's trying to create class warfare."
--Rosella Age, staff writer