Mark Steyn was interested in the rest of the “yukfest of history’s biggest idiots” by the current occupant of The Oval Office.
He notes that many of the zingers sounded as though they had been swiped from one of those “Top Twenty Useful Quotes for Forward-Looking Inspirational Speakers” and from Wikiquotes.
President Pantload said, “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?’ That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore—because he’s looking backwards. He’s not looking forwards. He’s explaining why we can’t do something, instead of why we can do something.”
Nan Card, Curator of Manuscripts at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, quickly put the kibosh on TPM by informing them that President Hayes had the first telephone in the White House, and the first typewriter, and Edison visited him to demonstrate the phonograph.
So the errand boy sent by grocery clerks may have gotten a room full of chuckles from the blissfully ignorant audience, but the citation about President Hayes was
Steyn writes, "A great nation needs successful self-made businessmen and purveyors of scholarly excellence. It’s not clear why it needs a smug over-credentialed President Solyndra to recycle Crowd-Pleasing for Dummies as a keynote address."
They all laughed at Christopher Columbus, they all laughed at Edison and Steyn believes that history will laugh at us for ever taking this president seriously.
Amen, brother Steyn, amen.