In her post on Friday about President Obama’s speech on energy this past Wednesday, Commentary’s Alana Goodman notes that the Democrat “received some well-deserved mockery for his factually inaccurate swipes at President Rutherford B. Hayes (yes, really) and Christopher Columbus’s contemporaneous critics”, but also finds that his remarks in the speech reveal more about the man than just his historical ignorance:
In Obama’s mind, his critics aren’t just wrong, they’re idiots. Obama, in contrast, is a grand visionary of epic capacity – the type of man who in the past would have ended up on Mt. Rushmore or captaining the voyage that led to the discovery of America.
In that address, the Democrat compared his opponents to flat-earthers and other Luddites throughout history who opposed new technologies. What Obama failed to mention was that many of his opponents are not opposed per se to the new green technologies he touts, but to using federal subsidies to promote them.
Since he was talking about the telephone, perhaps he should have inquired into Alexander Graham Bell’s sources of funding. Did that inventor ask for a federal grant so he could continue his research?
Mr. Obama might learn something by reading about a technology pioneer who supported his 2008 campaign.
In his biography of the Apple Founder, Walter Isaacson provides no evidence that that entrepreneur ever sought funding from the federal government (or indeed from any state government). Fortunately, for that Californian, the federal government hadn’t regulated the computer industry in the 1970s and ’80s as it now regulates the field of energy development.
And there seems to be no evidence that Mr. Obama ever accused Steve Jobs of belonging to the Flat Earth Society.