Small businesses are often the incubator where new concepts and products are first introduced to the public. If there were ever a time when small business needed a friend in the White House, it is now.
I supported Governor Romney in the election. He lost. It's over. President Obama is our president. He deserves our support. Or at the very least our respect. Because that's what smart business people do. They put emotions aside and run their businesses based on the facts.
Obama, far from shying away from supporting small business, has emerged as its true champion. Why, then, would small businesses be so hostile politically to the president when they're starting to have it so good?
The president has a rare opportunity to lead this economy into a period of sustained growth. He can do it by sending a message to small businesses that, rather than making scapegoats of job creators, Washington will be a reliable partner.
Elizabeth Warren said it better than Barack Obama. And the president's presentation wasn't helped when supporters of Mitt Romney edited his words. Sadly, lost in a squabble over "you didn't build that" was the opportunity for a more serious conversation about social contracts.
Even though I really do like the president, I don't support many of his economic policies. I'm not so sure re-electing him would be a very good thing for my business. But can we all calm down about what the president said? Because he's right.