On Tuesday, the GOP referenced the comment when announcing its lineup of next Tuesday night's RNC speakers, with the theme "We Built This."
The underlying theme could also be "I coulda been a contender," as the line-up is studded with Republicans who were considered, at least in the media, to be possible running mates of presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, who ultimately chose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
The lineup includes Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will close out the night as the keynote speaker in prime time.
In a statement, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said the convention proceedings "will remind America that we are a nation made great not by Washington but by the men and women who summoned the inner drive, discipline and persistent effort to achieve their dreams within the free enterprise system."
In other words, screw you, Mr. President.
Other notable speakers include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and the last man standing when Mitt Romney ran away from the field during the primaries, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
A nod to celebrity comes with former actress turned conservative talk show host Janine Turner, best known for her work on CBS' Northern Exposure back in the '90s.