With his hand-picked community college minions laughing and smirking behind him, President Obama was doing what he does best on Thursday – ridiculing and mocking his opponents. This time he used the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, falsely quoting him to slam Republicans on “green energy”. However, after his butchering of President Hayes’ first name, it occurred to me that this may have been the only time he has ever said it. Maybe his teleprompter should include pronunciations like a dictionary. Listen to the short audio clip here.
Obama has called himself our 4th best president, behind Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln, but how can he make this claim when it’s obvious that he hasn’t studied all of our presidents – especially not Rutherford B. Hayes? Watch the two minute video of Obama below. Then scroll down for some truth.
According to Politico.com, New York Magazine contacted the curator of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Nan Card, who responded to Obama’s quip:
She then read aloud a newspaper article from June 29, 1877, which describes Hayes’s delight upon first experiencing the magic of the telephone. The Providence Journal story reported that as Hayes listened on the phone, “a gradually increasing smile wreathe[d] his lips and wonder shone in his eyes more and more.” Hayes took the phone from his ear, “looked at it a moment in surprise and remarked, ‘That is wonderful.'”
In fact, Card noted, Hayes was not only the first president to have a telephone in the White House, but he was also the first to use the typewriter, and he had Thomas Edison come to the White House to demonstrate the phonograph. “So I think he was pretty much cutting edge,” Card insisted, “maybe just the opposite of what President Obama had to say there.”