Obama Hits President Rutherford B. Hayes

Describing his energy critics as people mired in the past, President Obama compared them to one of his predecessors, the 19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes.

One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes. He said ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?’ Talking about the telephone. That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore. He’s explaining why we can’t do something instead of why we can do something. The point is there will always be cynics and nay sayers who just want to keep on doing things the same way we have always done them.

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