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Posted by on Feb 28, 2009 in Science & Technology, Society | 5 comments

FOX News Sets the Record Straight: Carl Benz from Germany Invented the Car

First Al Gore invented the internet. Then President Barack Obama invented hope and change. And now he proudly claimed in his address to the joint session of Congress:

I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it. None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy. But this is America. We don’t do what’s easy.

Apparently Americans invented everything, including history. And it’s only other nations that walk away, give up, quit and cry like babies when they hit an obstacle. Only other nations do things the easy way, like signing up for three or four credit cards or borrowing money from China and from future taxpayers.

SuperFrenchie is glad that FOX News sets the record straight and even speaks out on behalf of the French:

The credit for internal combustion engines generally is given to German engineer, Karl Benz, who designed and built the world’s first practical automobile in 1885. A steam-powered car was invented in 1769 by French inventor Nicolas Cugnot. Americans, on the other hand, are given credit for the mass production of cars.

Yes, Henry Ford and his team should get credit for empowering the middle class by making cars more affordable. Ford’s invention was also about maximizing profits, I believe.

President Obama also claimed:

We invented solar technology, but we’ve fallen behind countries like Germany and Japan in producing it.

Marc Ambinder, however, says that credit should go to English and French scientists.

Obama invented internet campaigning and is credited as the first Internet president. Bloggers usually post corrections and admit screw-ups on their website. Obama has conceded in numerous TV interviews having “screwed up” by pushing the appointment of Tom Daschle. And I give him credit for his openness. Thus, I am wondering why the White House has not posted any correction to his address to Congress to set the record straight.

Cross-posted from Atlantic Review

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