President Obama this weekend appeared to dash the America Dream cornerstones of hard work and self-enterprise in a pitch to exclude America’s high wage-earners from a tax break, telling successful people they “didn’t get there on your own.”

Obama’s comment Friday during a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., came just days after he urged Congress to extend tax cuts enacted during the Bush administration only to families earning less than $250,000 annually – part of his argument that the wealthy have an obligation to pay more to trim the deficit.

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back,” the president said. “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. … If you’ve got a business you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”