President Obama Mocks a former Republican President by using an erroneous quote. Obama might quit using Wikipedia to get his facts. Fact Is President Hayes had the fist telephone installed in the White House. Opps. Some folks on Twitter have gone with the Hashtag #BarackObamasPresidentialFacts Pretty funny.
President Barack Obama slammed former President Rutherford B. Hayes, a Republican, on Thursday when excoriating his critics for dismissing alternative energy sources. He compared them to President Hayes, who he wrongly believed dismissed the invention of the telephone.
“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?’”President Obama remarked.
“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.”
New York Magazine contacted the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio to get the real story about President Hayes:
Nan Card, the Curator of Manuscripts, was plenty willing to correct Obama’s ignorance of White House history. Just as soon as she finished chuckling.
“I’ve heard that before, and no one ever knows where it came from,” Card said of Hayes’s alleged phone remark, “but people just keep repeating it and repeating it, so it’s out there.”
Wait, so Hayes didn’t even say the quote that Obama is mocking him for? “No, no,” Card confirmed.