Speaking about the need to develop new sources of American energy in Largo, Md., and Obama used our 19th president to illustrate a failure of forward-thinking leadership.
“One of my predecessors, President Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone: ‘It’s a great invention but who would ever want to use one?’” Obama said. “That’s why he’s not on Mt. Rushmore.”
“He’s looking backwards, he’s not looking forward. He’s explaining why we can’t do something instead of why we can do something,” Obama said. “The point is there will always be cynics and naysayers.”
Oh really? That’s not the way it happened at all. The curator of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center issues a correction:
She then read aloud a newspaper article from June 29, 1877, which describes Hayes’s delight upon first experiencing the magic of the telephone. The Providence Journal story reported that as Hayes listened on the phone, “a gradually increasing smile wreathe[d] his lips and wonder shone in his eyes more and more.” Hayes took the phone from his ear, “looked at it a moment in surprise and remarked, ‘That is wonderful.’”
In fact, Card noted, Hayes was not only the first president to have a telephone in the White House, but he was also the first to use the typewriter, and he had Thomas Edison come to the White House to demonstrate the phonograph. “So I think he was pretty much cutting edge,” Card insisted, “maybe just the opposite of what President Obama had to say there
There are a few reasons BHO might’ve made such a patently stupid statement:
1. He is completely ignorant of American history and made no effort to research the object of his ridicule before spouting off his yap.
2. He hates and loathes Republicans so much that he’ll attribute anything negative he can think of to them, regardless of its veracity.
3. He thinks the general public is so stupid they won’t know the difference when he says something completely false.
4. He wants desperately to convince voters that Republicans are backwards hicks and always have been and that only Democrats (i.e. socialists) are for progress. (“Four legs good, two legs bad”)
5. All of the above.
In any case, he clearly demonstrated that he’s a know-nothing, care for less, buffoon with an axe to grind.
Yeah Obama was harking back 1877 to show how backwards Republicans have always been. Why doesn’t Obama go back about 12 years further to see the “backwards” Republican party that won the civil war and ended slavery with passing the 13-15th amendments. Republicans did this while being violently opposed by Democrats, who according to Obama, have always been at the forefront.
To me, the history of the Democrat party can be summarized by four words beginning with the letter S:
It’s no wonder liberals are so interested in re-writing history. If an organization that you belonged to had that history, wouldn’t you feel the need to hide it?
Barry claims to have been a constitutional law professor… an expert, you could say. He also swore before God to uphold and defend that Constitution.
Yet, he has done nothing (outside of laxin’, lyin’ and lazin’) but undermine it. He can’t claim to be both an expert and an ignoramus on the Constitution, and he can’t tell you ‘n me he’s defending our laws at the same time he’s dismantling them.
His routine of spouting gibberish and nonsense interlaced with big words has the combined effect of amazing his base, but they haven’t fooled conservatives paying attention for an instant. I immediately recognized him as an intellectual fraud with an IQ probably no higher than your average car salesman.
The Dems have been promoting the idea for decades that Republicans are stupid and stood in the way of racial progress. I think that is why Obama would believe the Hayes story without checking it. Hayes was just another in the long line of clueless Republicans.
Republicans were in the van of civil rights for decades. The reason the Dems think Republicans are stupid is that the Dems think their position is the default position and only an ignoramus could disagree with them.
We have to fight that narrative wherever it shows its face, which is why this article is important.
Please, the bigger factor that sailed over the Obama brain trust (or is it we trust he has a brain) is that the telephone, the electric light, the typewriter (and anything of value) was invented by private individuals, funded by individuals and bought for their value by individuals. The only thing government ever invented was a tax to talk a commission on other people’s work. And the dirty little secret that is far above the capacity of Obama to comprehend is that the next best technology, whatever that may be will be obsolete by the next best technology by the time Obama begins to comprehend its value.