What Obama said in his remarks was: "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."
Sununu tried to walk back his accusation -- he said that he meant Obama needs to "learn the American formula for creating business" -- but the Obama campaign issued this statement anyway: "The Romney campaign has officially gone off the deep end. The question is what else they'll pull to avoid answering serious questions about Romney's tenure at Bain Capital and investments in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts. This meltdown and over-the-top rhetoric won't make things better -- it only calls attention to how desperate they are to change the conversation."
Changing the conversation is exactly what has been happening for the past two weeks. But it didn't start with Romney.
Obama, faced with dismal jobs numbers as his opponent hammered him for not shepherding in a recovery, sent his top surrogates to the political talk shows to start a narrative about Romney's background, chiefly his refusal to release tax returns.
Then jumping on a Boston Globe report, the Obama campaign revived another front on Bain, suggesting that Romney committed a felony by appearing to be in charge of the company on SEC forms for three years after he has said he left, in 1999, to run the Olympics.
The Romney camp has called the allegation absurd.