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  1. Grow up people, it’s not about facts, it’s about appearances.

    Comment by Richard Bell — March 16, 2012 @ 5:42 pm - March 16, 2012

  2. History lesson: Google American presidents between Grant to McKinley w/ an eye to their Civil War service.

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — March 16, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - March 16, 2012

  3. It was not just the facts about Hayes that Obama got wrong. He also demonstrated an ignorance of Columbus with his “flat-earth” gibe. It was Columbus who was wrong, not his critics. The debate at the time was not whether the earth was flat or round, it was how large the earth was. Columbus believed that the earth was much smaller than it is; his critics were much closer to the truth. But Columbus was lucky–there was something unexpected out in the middle of the ocean. Columbus died thinking he had found a route to the Far East–he never understood what he in fact had accomplished. The misconception that people in the 15th century believed that the earth was flat was popularized in the 1870s in a war for public opinion between science and religion. See Steven Jay Gould, Rock of Ages (Ballentine, 1999) pp 111-124.

    Comment by nohype — March 16, 2012 @ 6:12 pm - March 16, 2012

  4. Given the Democrat meme about Bush and the elections of 2000 & 2004, you’d think that Obama would say someting about how Hayes (or at least his party the GOP) essentially stole the 1876 election from Tilden rather than this nonsense. Crack open a book Barack or at least check out the Wikipedia page for Hayes!

    Comment by JohnAGJ — March 16, 2012 @ 6:58 pm - March 16, 2012

  5. Fact check? Why bother? History rewrites itself so that Obama is never wrong about anything. Although I really wish Expedia would start letting me book trips to those extra seven states. It’s just racist to exclude them.

    Comment by Cy — March 17, 2012 @ 1:03 am - March 17, 2012

  6. If Barack Obama makes a mistake, well, if they get around to covering it, they’ll just see it as a sign of human imperfection.

    I don’t remember what Obama had said, but Rush highlighted a piece from somewhere, once, that said that his gaffes are a sign of his brilliance.

    Comment by TGC — March 17, 2012 @ 3:09 am - March 17, 2012

  7. Remember his speech writers are Democrats, so making a few mistakes is the new A+.

    Comment by davinci — March 17, 2012 @ 1:23 pm - March 17, 2012

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