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Obama Hails ‘Intercontinental Railroad’… Again

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By Doug Powers  •  September 23, 2011 09:47 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Yesterday, President Obama promoted his “jobs bill” at a bridge that might not even be eligible for jobs bill money. Andrew Malcolm at Top of the Ticket noticed something during Obama’s latest “Bridge to Bankruptcy” speech that would be much more widely reported if Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin had said it: the Transcontinental Railroad has become the Intercontinental Railroad:

“We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad,” Barack Obama.

That’s what the president of the United States flat-out said Thursday during what was supposed to be a photo op to sell his jobs plan next to an allegedly deteriorating highway bridge.

A railroad between continents? A railroad from, say, New York City all the way across the Atlantic to France? Now, THAT would be a bridge!

It’s yet another humorous gaffe by the Harvard graduate, overlooked by most media for whatever reason. Like Obama saying Abraham-Come-Lately Lincoln was the founder of the Republican Party. Or Navy corpseman. Or the Austrian language. Fifty-seven states. The president of Canada. Etc.

The “Intercontinental Railroad” gaffe might be overlooked by most of the media because they’re used to hearing it referred to that way. Back in February, Obama said the same thing. At this point it’s probably easier for Obama’s staff to try and get all the history books changed to match what their boss is saying rather than tell him he’s been getting it wrong.

Speaking of an Intercontinental Railroad, just think about how many jobs could be created by building such a thing to span continents. I know, I shouldn’t joke around like that, lest somebody in power think it’s a good idea.

**Written by Doug Powers

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