Gaffe-a-rama: President Obama says Lincoln built “intercontinental railroad” during Civil War

by editor on July 8, 2011

From the “What if a conservative had said it” department, President Obama joins Joe Biden in demonstrating his ignorance of American history.

Don’t know how this one has stayed hidden for so long, but President Obama did an interview with WTMJ-TV/Milwaukee back on Feb. 16, 2011. During that interview Obama claimed that Abraham Lincoln built the “intercontinental railroad” during the Civil War. 

First of all, Mr. President, it was called the transcontinental railroad, not the intercontinental railroad. And it was built after the Civil War, not during the Civil War.

With this statement, the President joins his own Vice President in demonstrating complete ignorance on the same subject. Back in October, 2010, Joe Biden made even wilder and less accurate claims than Obama’s.

As we reported at the time:

“Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,” he said. “In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. … No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years.”

Despite the fact that both leaders’ historical references are completely inaccurate, we’re going to be generous in our assessments of the President and Vice President.

We’ll excuse President Obama because he may have going to school in Indonesia at the time he would have been learning the history of the transcontinental railroad in an American school.

And we’ll excuse Biden because he’s a moron.

There you have it – proof that conservatives are kind, generous people.

H/T: Moonbattery

Source: New York Daily News

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Forgive Larry, he bumped his cranium when he fell out of the ugly liberal tree, knocked the “tolerance” right out of him.