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Obama Flunks History Lesson In Energy Speech

Obama puts foot in mouth--again
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During a recent speech in Largo MD, touting new sources of energy, President Obama got it…backwards historically.

In his speech, he mocked former President (from the 19th century) Rutherford B. Hayes saying:

“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.”

However, a check with actual historical records shows THIS is what actually happened with the first President to ever have a phone in the White House, and a typewriter!  From the Providence Journal 1877, recalling Hayes first exposure to the telephone:

“Hayes took the phone from his ear, “looked at it a moment in surprise and remarked, ‘That is wonderful.’

  Officials with the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont Ohio said actually Hayes was one of the most cutting-edge presidents, due to the phone, typewriter, and had Edison come to the White House to demonstrate how the phonograph (record player) worked. Now, in fairness to Obama, he has speechwriters who fill up the teleprompter for him, so he’s only a cue card reader.  But the disdain and disrespect he continues to show people when he is publicly speaking is reaching record heights.

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