I guess the Bush bashing has been getting old. Obama has turned to hacking in Rutherford B. Hayes. Here is Obama…
One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?’ That’s why he’s not on Mt. Rushmore because he’s looking backwards. He’s not looking forwards. He’s explaining why we can’t do something, instead of why we can do something.”
It turns out that Hayes quote is, to put it succinctly, bullshit. He never said it. The allegation that he did is pretty much slanderous. Hayes, on first using a telephone, described the experience as “wonderful.” He also met with Alexander Graham Bell, was the first president to have a telephone installed in the White House and promoted its use by various means. A complete debunking of Obama’s bullshit can be found at the Washington Post.
In any case, a president who believes that automatic teller machines destroy jobs and who still carries a Blackberry really isn’t in any position to criticize the technological credentials of other presidents.