Karoli notes that Mitt has a new stump speech. While I disagree with his point of course, it is important to give his campaign a non-trivial amount of credit for making steps in the right direction. Rather than take “you didn’t build that” out of context like he always does, Mitt’s new argument more or less grants the original point of Obama’s argument. That is a dangerous place for Mitt to go, as most Republicans know better than to try answering their opponents in good faith, but he deserves points for the effort.
As to Mitt’s argument. Yes, the guy who drives the bus did not ace an honor roll student’s tests. She aced them. On the other hand, she would have a hard time making those grades if she had to walk. Most people recognize that bus drivers, and school lunches and other things that government does to support non-wealthy students are all necessary, but not sufficient. To succeed the student herself needs to step up and take advantage of the opportunities at hand. All the same if you want honor roll students whose families cannot afford a maid to drive them to school each day, then you invest in bus drivers.
Does Mitt know that some kids need bus drivers to get to school? Did he ever take the bus? Experiences like that, or the lack of them, very much shape how you see the world.