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New gaffe: Obama hails America's historic building of 'the Intercontinental Railroad'
LA Times ^ | 9/23/11 | Andrew Malcolm

Posted on 09/23/2011 6:01:20 AM PDT by Libloather

New gaffe: Obama hails America's historic building of 'the Intercontinental Railroad'
Andrew Malcolm
September 23, 2011 | 5:24 am

"We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad," Barack Obama.

That's what the president of the United States flat-out said Thursday during what was supposed to be a photo op to sell his jobs plan next to an allegedly deteriorating highway bridge.

A railroad between continents? A railroad from, say, New York City all the way across the Atlantic to France? Now, THAT would be a bridge!

It's yet another humorous gaffe by the Harvard graduate, overlooked by most media for whatever reason. Like Obama saying Abraham-Come-Lately Lincoln was the founder of the Republican Party. Or Navy corpseman. Or the Austrian language. Fifty-seven states. The president of Canada. Etc.

If you talk as much as this guy likes to talk instead of governing, if you believe you are a Real Good Talker as much as this guy does, you're gonna blow a few lines. But this many?

No doubt, we'll see a collection of Obama's Best Bombs on 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend, one right after the other. No doubt.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; democratsarelosers; gaffe; intercontinental; kenyanvillageidiot; nobama2012; obama; railroad; transcontinental; unfitforcommand
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To: Libloather

The other point that he and his liberal friends miss is that the TRANS-Continental Railroads wwere built by private industry without government “infrastructure” money. There wasn’t even an income tax then.


51 posted on 09/23/2011 6:35:30 AM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: Libloather
I have maintained a file list of liberal lackeys (beginning with Michael Bechloss) who have made the absurd claim that Obama is smart.

I enjoy how Obama has constantly "acted stupidly" and made them look idiotic, too.

Obama is a very thick, dull, person.

52 posted on 09/23/2011 6:37:22 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Libloather
We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad

I know of two intercontinental railroads--the Trans-Siberian Railroad, which runs from Moscow to Vladivostok, Russia, and Turkey's Republican State Railroad, which offers rail service between Asian and European Turkey. However, I doubt if the US had a hand in building either of these railroads.

53 posted on 09/23/2011 6:40:49 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Lady Lucky

If it was he would have said Intergalactic Highway. Of course the Earth gets destroyed for the off ramp. But hey, so long and thanks for all the fish.


54 posted on 09/23/2011 6:52:03 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: denydenydeny

I think that you will find that the Union Pacific and Central Pacific had substantial backing from the Federal government.


55 posted on 09/23/2011 6:53:21 AM PDT by bagman
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To: Libloather

Somewhere, an Indonesian village is missing its idiot.


56 posted on 09/23/2011 6:54:00 AM PDT by bagman
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To: bagman

Who do you think sent the new sheriff to Rock Ridge?


57 posted on 09/23/2011 6:56:20 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: bagman

Who do you think sent the new sheriff to Rock Ridge?


58 posted on 09/23/2011 6:56:31 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Andrew Malcolm, LATimes’s house conservative. Pretty good one, too.


59 posted on 09/23/2011 6:57:29 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (My two cents' worth.)
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To: Portcall24
Obama is a walking example of people being advanced throughout life with no basis of intellect or knowledge.

That statement can be shortened to affirmative action hire.

60 posted on 09/23/2011 6:59:42 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Libloather

I’d love to see how they laid railroad tracks across the Ocean bed. When do we get to see this marvel of engineering?


61 posted on 09/23/2011 7:03:53 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: massgopguy
Who do you think sent the new sheriff to Rock Ridge?

The Sheriff is near!

I liked the guy with the Palomino horse and the Gucci saddlebag a whole lot better.

62 posted on 09/23/2011 7:04:23 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Libloather
He meant the Intercontinental Hotel in Kenya.

http://www.intercontinental.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/nairobi


63 posted on 09/23/2011 7:07:40 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Libloather

Taggart Intercontinental?


64 posted on 09/23/2011 7:09:15 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: bagman
I think that you will find that the Union Pacific and Central Pacific had substantial backing from the Federal government.

Correct.

Each railroad was given 6400 acres of land, which they could sell to settlers to help populate the route with customers, and each railroad was paid $48,000 per mile of track laid.

However, they had 14 years from the passage of the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 to complete the job, or they would forfeit ALL the land AND the money.

And in typical Government fashion, the two lines passed each other in Utah because no one was thinking ahead to establish a junction point.

Promontory Point, Utah was selected and the Golden Spike was driven on May 10, 1869. 7 years ahead of schedule.

65 posted on 09/23/2011 7:11:46 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama - Wear The Fail!)
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To: Libloather

Has anyone else read the transcript that follows the LA Times article? Barack Obama is completely delusional, and an outright liar. And, it is abundantly evident from the transcript and the crowd response, the “speech’ was delivered to a hand-picked friendly union group.

It’s truly sickening stuff to read. This is the POTUS???? What has happened to the USA? What has happened to the democrat party?


66 posted on 09/23/2011 7:12:07 AM PDT by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Ezekiel
Who can name the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad?

"Me me me me ME yes I CAN!"
67 posted on 09/23/2011 7:15:12 AM PDT by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: Vaquero
It’s the train that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!!

...and the objective was to avoid a black hole...yes?
68 posted on 09/23/2011 7:19:12 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: the invisib1e hand; All

“so the LA times has switched flags, has it?”

Actually, it seems like they have. I’m totally amazed at the continuous stream of anti-0bama (actually simply truth-telling) articles that are coming out about 0bama from the L.A. Times on a daily basis. Right now, it’s the only major daily bird-cage-liner media outlet that is telling some truths about 0bama.

Not sure why. I suppose they figure they can have their cake and eat it too, namely, they can slam him all they want, thereby creating buzz for themselves, yet knowing all along 0bama’s going to win California with no sweat no matter what gets said or what happens.


69 posted on 09/23/2011 7:23:35 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: sasquatch
...and the objective was to avoid a black hole...yes?

I dunno...all I know is that


70 posted on 09/23/2011 7:25:26 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Libloather

His handlers were probably thrilled that he didn’t say “Intercollegiate Railroad”


71 posted on 09/23/2011 7:27:55 AM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: Libloather

Yes, the Intercontinental Railroad was a Teutonic Shift in history!


72 posted on 09/23/2011 7:29:31 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: tet68

LOL!


73 posted on 09/23/2011 7:30:08 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: massgopguy

I think it was either Governor William J Lapetomine or Heddy Lamar.

No, that’s Hedley!!


74 posted on 09/23/2011 7:30:27 AM PDT by bagman
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To: Libloather

Mocking barry has lost some of its fun, now that even hardened leftist don’t even try to defend him.


75 posted on 09/23/2011 7:31:56 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Fight for Liberty)
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To: Ezekiel

LOL Almost snorted my coffee.


76 posted on 09/23/2011 7:32:29 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: N. Theknow
And in typical Government fashion, the two lines passed each other in Utah because no one was thinking ahead to establish a junction point.

Remember the old wall poster from the 1970s? A Promontory Point type scene - but at the point where the rails joined, the southernmost rail from one side joined the northernmost rail from the other. I believe the caption was "Thank God It's Friday".

77 posted on 09/23/2011 7:33:07 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: bagman
"No, that’s Hedley!!"

Yeah, wasn't he the feller who spoke purtier that a twenty-dollar whore?

78 posted on 09/23/2011 7:33:28 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: bagman
I think that you will find that the Union Pacific and Central Pacific had substantial backing from the Federal government.

Maybe to the extent that the government gave them the power of eminent domain/inverse condemnation so they could take the land they needed, but did it provide any funding?

79 posted on 09/23/2011 7:34:46 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: bagman
I think it was either Governor William J Lapetomine or Heddy Lamar.

And they went "intercontinental" with their evil plans. I guess that fellow returned with a shitload of dimes, after all.

80 posted on 09/23/2011 7:35:58 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Libloather

Hims don’t knows hims hist’ry real goods.


81 posted on 09/23/2011 7:39:41 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Redleg Duke

Unfortunately there is one thing standing between me and that property: the rightful owners.

Wait a minute... there might be legal precedent. Of course! Land-snatching!

Land, land... "Land: see Snatch".......Ah, Haley vs. United States. Haley: 7, United States: nothing. You see, it can be done!

82 posted on 09/23/2011 7:39:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ezekiel

Good thing I wasn’t drinking my morning coffee when I saw this. Epic. Simply Epic.


83 posted on 09/23/2011 7:49:14 AM PDT by allen08gop (Insert appropriate picture here...)
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To: Libloather
...just add it to...

...this...

84 posted on 09/23/2011 7:51:40 AM PDT by cyberaxe (....Uuuummpphhhh.....)
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To: tal hajus
The oceanic rails were REALLY difficult. Lay a rail, come up for air, lay a rail come up for air...

Millions of slaves lost their lives.

85 posted on 09/23/2011 7:52:34 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Libloather

Trans...inter...whatever. It’s not like Dan Quayle or George Bush said it.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea from Alaska to Vladivostok, provided it could be insulated from gales, or from Spain via Gibraltar to Fez. I believe there is a railroad from European to Asiatic Russia.


86 posted on 09/23/2011 7:52:52 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Bitsy

You’re brilliant if you go to Harvard Law School and discover that all the political indoctrination you’ve been exposed to is so much nonsense, and the truth is usually the exact opposite. But most students at Harvard are not that smart.


87 posted on 09/23/2011 7:56:24 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Libloather
Boy king and his lying party of RAT hypocrites called Palin stupid.

New Term For an Obama Fib: He 'Over-suggested'
88 posted on 09/23/2011 8:09:27 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Huskrrrr

ha


89 posted on 09/23/2011 8:10:11 AM PDT by a real Sheila (Proud master of 2 golden retrievers. Best dogs in the world.)
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To: Libloather

He is an idiot.What was his last gaffe?That someone formed the republican party?I think his worst is Navy Corpsemen.Did he ever apologize for this?Oh and don’t forget his citing of a soldier to come on up and the soldier was dead or something?Also was it Obama or Biden asking a man in a wheelchair to stand or come on up?


90 posted on 09/23/2011 8:10:53 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (PDS=someone that doesnt dream dates up of a Palin announcement;nor act as Palins campaign manager)
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To: astounded

“What has happened to the democrat party?”

It was taken over by the Radical International Socialists, and the DEMOCRATS were run out.

Remember what Howard Dean said after the 2004 Kerry Loss?
“We OWN the Democratic Party now, it’s ours, we paid for it!”


91 posted on 09/23/2011 8:19:35 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Bitsy
Grades?

What a bourgeois concept. It's PASS. There is no FAIL at HLS.

92 posted on 09/23/2011 8:23:42 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Team Obama will not shrink from violence to remain in power. Be ready.)
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To: Libloather

I can’t wait until David Letterman revives his “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches” routine.


93 posted on 09/23/2011 8:25:30 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: denydenydeny

Actually only one of the transcontinental railroads (US) was privately financed, the “Great Northern”. The real gaffe overlooked here is the premise that the transcontinental railroad was a great success. See:
http://mises.org/daily/2317

The whole discussion on market entrepreneurs vs. political entrepreneurs is quite enlightening, but specific to this discussion, scroll down to the section “James J. Hill versus the Real Robber Barons”.

“You had to go to college to say something that stupid”.
— Dennis Prager


94 posted on 09/23/2011 8:33:37 AM PDT by ehj666
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To: tal hajus

“The oceanic rails were REALLY difficult. Lay a rail, come up for air, lay a rail come up for air...”

You silly goose, the wooden cross ties held them up!


95 posted on 09/23/2011 8:56:09 AM PDT by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: Reeses

LOL!!


96 posted on 09/23/2011 8:56:38 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Libloather

That’s one long-ass train! Love those rails that float on top of the ocean.


97 posted on 09/23/2011 8:58:01 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Libloather

I think he meant to say that we are the country that built the Intercontinental Hotel.


98 posted on 09/23/2011 8:59:26 AM PDT by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the Admin Moderator.)
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To: Libloather

Hmmm Hydro-phobic rails...spec sheets don’t ask and don’t tell bedding.


99 posted on 09/23/2011 9:02:35 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: rod1

Knows it? He really believes that he is America’s Suharto. Seriously.


100 posted on 09/23/2011 9:03:03 AM PDT by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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