HolyCoast: Mr. Unity Insults Republicans, Dead or Alive

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mr. Unity Insults Republicans, Dead or Alive

How did someone who promised to unite us fall so far from that ideal? Because he's a jerk, that's why (from Morning Jolt):
This president gets more indignant as his term wears on, doesn't he? After Solyndra, Ener1Beacon Power, and gas's approaching $5 per gallon, you would think this president might be a little more modest in arguing that he's made the right calls. No, he still has the gall to insist that his critics are backwards and ignorant -- at an "official White House" event, no less.

Although it was billed as an official White House event, Obama's appearance took on the feeling of a campaign rally. Hundreds of enthusiastic students filled the college's gymnasium and chanted "Four more years!" 

Obama delighted them by blasting his Republican critics for their resistance to investing in alternative energy sources, comparing their stance to the beliefs of those who thought that Christopher Columbus would sail off the edge of the world.

Obama's poll numbers don't always move in a direction I find logical, but part of me looks at statements such as this one and figures that independents have to be repelled in droves. This is so far from 2004's "no red states or blue states, just red-white-and-blue states" that made him a star in American politics.
But for Obama insulting living Republicans isn't enough, he also has to go after dead ones (h/t Don Surber):
Apparently, President Obama is so full of hate for the Republican Party that he even hates dead Republican presidents. Today he slimed Rutherford B. Hayes in a classic lefty manner — by putting words in his mouth and then slamming him for “saying” them.

From Politico:
Speaking about the need to develop new sources of American energy in Largo, Md., 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.”
The trouble is Rutherford B. Hayes never said that about the telephone. In fact, President Hayes embraced the telephone wholeheartedly.

President Hayes was the first president to have one in teh White House. Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in March 1876 only one year before Hayes became president.
Are there no fact-checkers or researchers working in the White House speech office? I guess not, though I suspect it wouldn't matter if there were. Obama can be confident the mainstream media won't challenge his "facts" and will dutifully report his witty remarks.

The guy's pathetic.


Larry said...

"Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said..."

Reported by whom Mr. President?

Any college 'professor' would know that you don't make statements like that without the sources to back it up.

Sam L. said...

Y know, if The Won has lost Politico...