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July 25, 2012

Lemonade Stand Girls to Obama: We Built Our Business, Mr. President!

Lemonade Stand Girls to Obama: We Built Our Business, Mr. President!

Statements made by President Obama in Roanoke, VA on July 13th, which seemed to discredit the hard work of small business owners, are under attack (yet again) by even the youngest of our nation’s entrepreneurs.

Seven-year old Clara and four-year old Eliza Sutton, founders of ‘Cool Blast Lemonade’, react to Obama’s remarks during a ‘Fox & Friends’ interview with co-host Brian Kilmeade.

A pair of sisters who run a thriving lemonade stand in Texas beg to differ with President Obama's message that entrepreneurs "didn't get there on your own," and several grownups who groom the next generation of small business owners say the kids are right.

Clara Sutton, 7, and little sister Eliza, 4, started CoolBlast Lemonade in their suburban Houston neighborhood, and quickly generated business brisk enough to bring on another employee, younger brother Eirik. Their father said the kids have gotten a business education right out in front of their home under the watchful eyes of their parents -- but with no help from the government.

“Nobody helped them except us," Andrew Sutton, 35, said. "They did it on their own.”

Clara Sutton didn't credit local, state or federal government for the stand's success, and said she's enjoyed learning the ropes of small business.

“You learn how to make change," Clara said. "We learned about customer service -- that we should always be nice to customers. We learned how to advertise.

“We donate some of the money to charity to help other people out," she continued. "We use the rest for supplies. We might buy a gift for our brother since he’s our employee.”

Andrew Sutton said the children expressed an interest in running their own business and he mostly just got out of the way.

“My wife and I both run our own businesses, so running a lemonade stand with them was showing them what they do," Sutton said. "They were curious how we got money for things. It’s been a positive experience for them."

As for President Obama's take on the debt business owners owe to the government, Sutton, who has his own music instruction business, said he was steamed.

“It was not very presidential," Sutton said. "A leader should lead by being more positive. He should of said, “you guys should be the backbone of the economy.”




Wild Thing's comment............

Absolutely adorable and how great the parents are to start them young teaching them these things.

Here is their Facebook page............Cool Blast Lemonade

Posted by Wild Thing at July 25, 2012 02:47 AM


Love it! These kids are learning about success in free market capitalism. That is what obama hates and rejects. He prefers Marxism over capitalism. East Europe knows better. Even China and Vietnam are realizing that they have to accept a large degree of capitalism or, under pure Marxism, they will sink to the depths of North Korea. Even Fidel Castro has admitted that Marxism has failed in Cuba.

I got a kick out of Congressman Poe trying to pronounce entrepeneurism. That's like me and George W trying to pronounce nuclear. Sometimes Texism doesn't jive smoothly with English.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at July 25, 2012 01:47 PM

Tom, giggle, I noticed that too. I like Poe he is a good man from what I know about him.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 26, 2012 12:56 AM