Reporting from Washington — President Obama coined a new campaign line on Thursday when he said Republican presidential candidates' views on energy policy qualifies them as members of the "Flat Earth Society."Here is Pres. Obama's prepared speech making fun of Republicans:
Speaking to a crowd in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, Obama charged that the GOP contenders are dismissive of alternative energy and compared them to those who thought Columbus shouldn’t set sail.
We’re trying to move towards the future; they want to be stuck in the past.But none of this is true. The Wash. Post fact checker gives Obama its worst Pinocchio whopper rating:
We’ve heard this kind of thinking before. Let me tell you something. If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail -- (laughter) -- they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society. (Laughter.) They would not have believed that the world was round. (Applause.) We've heard these folks in the past. They probably would have agreed with one of the pioneers of the radio who said, "Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan." (Laughter.) One of Henry Ford’s advisors was quoted as saying, "The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a fad." (Laughter.)
There have always been folks like that. 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. 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?" (Laughter.) That's why he's not on Mt. Rushmore -- (laughter and applause) -- because he’s looking backwards. He’s not looking forwards. (Applause.) He’s explaining why we can't do something, instead of why we can do something.
According to Ari Hoogenboom, who wrote the definite biography, “Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President,” Hayes entertained Thomas A. Edison at the White House. Edison demonstrated the phonograph for the president. “He was hardly hostile to new inventions,” Hoogenboom said.Obama also fell for the Flat Earth myth. Columbus did not prove that the Earth is round. He sailed across the Atlantic and not around the world. The Columbus flat Earth myth is only told to make fun of Christians.
Hayes, in fact, was such a technology buff that he installed the first telephone in the White House. A list of telephone subscribers published in the article “The Telephones Comes to Washington,” by Richard T. Loomis, shows that the White House was given the number “1.”
The whole point of Obama's speech was to make fun of Republican presidential candidates for their ignorance. But Obama and his advisers have displayed ignorance that would be embarrassing for a fifth grader.