Obama’s Hayes Of History

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

For a man who would have Americans believe that he and his big government are smarter than anyone, it might help if the president could show some evidence of it when he lectures others.

Instead, Obama bumbled around on an iPhone at a campaign stop with no idea how to master the device, triggering a viral response on the Internet about his past pontifications on history and technology. To Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds, it called to mind Obama’s errant claims about 19th century President Rutherford B. Hayes last March:

“There always have been folks who are the naysayers and don’t believe in the future, and don’t believe in trying to do things differently,” Obama told supporters.

“One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?’ That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore, because 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.”

In reality, Hayes never made such a statement.

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