LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2012—President Barack Obama walked into an unnecessary controversy when he decided to take on former Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes (b.1822-d.1893). President Hayes, who has been deceased for approximately 120 years, was not available for comment.
“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 in remarks in Maryland on Thursday.”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 was engaging in historical fiction. The curator of the Hayes Museum made it crystal clear that President Hayes was an enthusiastic supporter of the telephone and other technological advances of his time. He was very forward thinking.
Mr. Obama’s sycophants quickly downplayed the kerfuffle, as they are ought to do. The unoriginal explanation was that while he got his facts completely wrong, the general message of what he was trying to say was correct.
Those underwhelmed by Mr. Obama’s thin grasp of American history gleefully took to Twitter under a new popular hashtag, “BarackObamasPresidentialFacts.”
This hashtag contained some fairly clever mocking of Mr. Obama, with references to various aspects of society.
#BarackObamaPresidentialFacts From Twitter.com (click to enlarge)
Some of the references were sheer brilliance:
- The Morning Spew: “Lyndon Johnson’s wife, Lady Byrd Johnson, was actually part whippoorwill on her mother’s side.”
- Frank J. Fleming: “James A. Garfield loved lasagna and hated Mondays.”
- ReasonisFaith: “The Party of Lyndon B. Johnson was for the Ku Klux Klan before they were against it.”
- Jason Crismore: “Bible calls for carpooling & gas efficient cars Acts 5:12—’Apostles were all in one Accord.’”
Others were not given adequate attribution, and the authors of these gems should step forward and take proper credit.
- “James Monroe was our nation’s first transgendered President, later renaming himself Marilyn”
- “Before winning the White House, Warren G. Harding and his running mate, ‘Nate Dogg,’ had 4 platinum albums.”
- “Herbert Hoover invented the vacuum.”
I offered a couple of attempts myself:
- “Washington cut down cherry tree, arrested by environmentalists, impeached, banished to VA, J. Adams took over.”
- “Obama thinks politics has gotten meaner since the hunting trip where Dick Cheney shot Dan Quayle.”
In a vacuum, this would be a non-story. President Obama made a mistake. He was called out on his mistake. The record was corrected. People had fun with his mistake.
Yet life is not ever judged in a vacuum. This is far from nothing, and the notion that we should “move on” is a fancy way of saying that every mistake he makes should be (and is) swept under the rug.
The small story is that Mr. Obama got his facts wrong. The large, uncovered story goes to the heart of President Obama’s intentions, and the resulting behavior emanating from those intentions.
Barack Obama was exhibiting a malicious streak. Mr. Obama learned from Saul Alinksy, who famously taught how to divide and conquer. Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Humor is a weapon designed to ridicule. Make the other side scared to speak through ridicule, which will lead to ostracism, and eventually fear and self-censorship.
Whether it is one child ridiculing a weaker child on the playground at school or a leader trying to hold himself up by putting down others, the name is the same.
In his remark, erroneously attributed to a Republican President, President Obama insinuates that Republicans are either evil or stupid. He is the post-modern, forward thinking genius, while his Republican critics are Luddites. President Obama overestimates himself.
Simply put, he is not as bright as he thinks and loudly proclaims that he is.
The flap over Rutherford B. Hayes is only one of many examples of Barack Obama mocking others when he himself has no idea what he is talking about. He then compounds his error by describing the situation as a “teachable moment.”
Yet this is a euphemism for him lecturing us when he is the one who needs to learn.
For a supposedly intelligent and learned man, President Obama displays a stunning ignorance of human nature and compounds that with a lack of humility.
President Obama has spent three years denigrating people who love America as much as he does but have a different set of means to get to the end of a stronger and better nation. He treats political opponents as enemies. He refuses to recognize the dignity and humanity of his political opposition.
Yet like the schoolyard bully on the playground, it is Mr. Obama who looks foolish upon being exposed. After all, it can only be described as delicious irony that the man who questions the intelligence of his opponents cannot go a few days without giving a speech riddled with factual errors of the simplest kind.
Barack Obama promised to unite people and be the leader of all of us. He then decided to govern as a leftist ideologue. Perhaps Mr. Obama would have been a better president and person had he heeded the advice of one of his Republican predecessors.
Some 19th Century Tweets, if it were the internet, not the computer of which President Hayes spoke:
- “He serves his party best who serves his country best.”
- “It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear.”
That was Rutherford B. Hayes. Mr. Obama, you’re no Rutherford B. Hayes.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
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