The phone rang before sunrise. It woke Craig Patty, owner of a tiny North Texas trucking company, to vexing news about Truck 793 — a big red semi supposedly getting repairs in Houston.
“Your driver was shot in your truck,” said the caller, a business colleague. “Your truck was loaded with marijuana. He was shot eight times while sitting in the cab. Do you know anything about your driver hauling marijuana?”
“What did you say?” Patty recalled asking. “Could you please repeat that?”
The truck, it turned out, had been everywhere but in the repair shop.
Commandeered by one of his drivers, who was secretly working with federal agents, the truck had been hauling marijuana from the border as part of an undercover operation. And without Patty's knowledge, the Drug Enforcement Administration was paying his driver, Lawrence Chapa, to use the truck to bust traffickers.
Finally, a story to help Obama out relating to his infamous gaffe on small business owners. Here is a small business owner, struggling to make it on his own, putting all his effort into being successful, long hours, personal expenses.
Maybe he's finally making it, getting ahead. He listens to Obama tell him that he didn't build his own business....
And you know what?
He's right. Without the help of the DEA, who knows what would have happened to this struggling small business owner?
With friends like this, who needs enemies?