As is to be expected, the mistakes they discerned weren’t mistakes. Fact-checking the “factcheckers,” Ed Morrissey reminds us what Paul Ryan actually said and what Barack Obama actually promised.
First, what Ryan said:
When [Obama] talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.
A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.
Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day.
“Ryan”, the 2010 CPAC blogger of the year writes
. . .acknowledged that the plant had already been slated for shutdown in 2008. That was his point. People voted for him because they thought Obama represented hope to get the plant back in operation. In fact, that had been known since at least February 2008, when Obama came to Janesville to speak, and specifically addressed the plant closure in his remarks, delivered at the plant itself — and promised to keep it and other plants like it open “for the next hundred years” (emphasis [Ed’s])
Defending the beautiful construction of the quoted passage of the speech, Jim Geraghty also reminds of us Ryan’s point:
Obama makes promises he can’t keep, and that the government is not to be relied upon to “support you.” The issue is less the GM bailout than the lack of genuine economic recovery.
Read the whole thing. Glenn has more.
In certain journalist’s eagerness to find an error in Ryan’s speech, they miss the meaning of the passage.
ADDENDUM: Seems a lot of folks in the legacy media as well as a lot of my liberal friends on Facebook are dwelling on this one alleged “mistake” in the address. It seems the focus on that detail as opposed to the whole of the speech is an acknowledgement of its success, so they are attempting to distract us with this shiny object, just as they tried to do four years ago when reporting that Sarah Palin didn’t sell the State of Alaska’s jet on eBay. But, she did, as she said, in her speech, put it on that web-site and try to sell it there.
The fact remains Ryan’s words last night were 100% accurate.