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Obama knocks Rutherford B. Hayes
|Last Edited||Brandon Mar 15, 2012 01:26pm|
|News Date||Thursday, March 15, 2012 09:25:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||President Obama took aim Thursday at one of his Republican predecessors: Rutherford B. Hayes. |
Speaking about the need to develop new sources of American energy in Largo, Md., Obama used our 19th president to illustrate a failure of forward-thinking leadership.
"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?'" Obama said. "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," Obama said. "The point is there will always be cynics and naysayers."