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Jay Carney Gives President Obama a History Lesson

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By Doug Powers  •  September 10, 2011 11:57 AM

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From the “Imagine the media reaction if Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann had said this” file we find the transcript from President Obama’s “jobs speech” Thursday evening in which he briefly strayed from his teleprompter to add five words:

We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. Founder of the Republican Party. But in the middle of a civil war, he was also a leader who looked to the future — a Republican President who mobilized government to build the Transcontinental Railroad — (applause) — launch the National Academy of Sciences, set up the first land grant colleges. (Applause.) And leaders of both parties have followed the example he set.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air offers a correction from a source that brings it hilariously full circle:

In yesterday’s OOTD, I noted that the President went off script to deliver a lecture on the origins of the Republican Party, only like so many lectures delivered by Barack Obama, it consisted of misinformation. Don’t worry, though — the media is actually covering this gaffe. For instance, Tom Maguire finds Time Magazine having to correct the record on Lincoln:

He gives a good speech, but he’s loose with the facts. He called Abraham Lincoln the “founder” of the Republican Party. Nope. Lincoln was not the founder of the party; he wasn’t even the first Republican nominee (John Fremont was, in 1856). Lincoln was, of course, the first Republican to be elected president.

Great work by Time, huh? Only this piece wasn’t written this week. It was written in September 2008, and fact-checked Mike Huckabee, not Barack Obama. And guess who wrote this historical correction? Time Magazine’s Jay Carney … who now works at Barack Obama’s press secretary. They don’t talk to each other much in this White House, do they?

You won’t see much made of this in the mainstream media, if at all, just to try to help the “smartest president of all time” label to still stick.

Switching gears for the Transcontinental Railroad that Obama mentioned in his pitch for another $447 billion in spending, it’s important to remember that the TR wasn’t exactly a shining example of fiscal responsibility:

Construction of the railroad provided many opportunities for financial chicanery, corruption, graft, and bribery. The greatest financial scandal of the 19th century grew out of the railroad’s construction. The president of the Union Pacific helped found a construction company, called Credit Mobilier, which allowed investors, including several members of Congress, to grant lucrative construction contracts to themselves, while nearly bankrupting the railroad.

“The more things change the more they stay the same.”

If Credit Mobilier existed in the 21st century, who knows… they might have started a stimulus-backed solar panel company.

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