Thursday, March 15, 2012


Realclearpolitics has a clip of president Obama speaking in front of another hand-picked applause-light crowd about something or other in which he bashes former president Rutherford B. Hayes.  For real.  Yeah, see according to the Commander-in-Chief ole Rusty didn't see the value of the telephone back in its infancy, which the current president used to make a point about how we need smart people who look ahead, not these recent Republicans who drove us into a ditch (the 'flat-earthers').

He then mentioned noted visionaries such as Edison, the Wright Brothers, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs to make a point that America has always looked forward, not backwards like the flat-earthers.  Problem is, none of those guys worked for the government or got where they where thanks to government.  They were self-made men.  Rugged individualists.  

But wait, did "Rootherford" even make that comment about the telephone?  Probably not:
Hayes “was very technologically savvy,” said Nancy Kleinhenz, the communications manager at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. In addition to being the first president to have a telephone in the White House, he was also the first president to use the typewriter, experiment with the phonograph and record his voice on Thomas Edison’s gramophone.
Hayes was also a northern Republican, party of Lincoln, who was endorsed by free-thinkers like Mark Twain. It's likely Obama was simply perpetuating an urban legend against one of his predecessors to score cheap political points.  But it's not the only mistake of late--just last week he told another assembled congregation that his new CAFE fuel economy standards would save Americans 8000 dollars per year in fuel costs. "No lie". Yes, lie, or at best a slip of the tongue.  Are they taking note of these things on

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