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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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  • JSpencer

    Point taken; historical and technical accuracy is of course important. That said, there is no other country which has had such a long, quantitative and comprehensive association with the automobile than the the USA. This is common knowledge even in France and Germany. 😉 So please pardon our president for his understandable but technically incorrect statement. Meanwhile we all know which country has had the deepest, historical, and spiritual connection with Detroit Iron. Cheers!!!

  • charlie33

    I don’t know if Mr. Wolf was being serious in his first sentence, but I am TIRED of the lie that never dies: Al Gore NEVER claimed he invented the Internet. And again, I don’t know if Wolf was being snarky but Obama did not invent “hope and change,” or Internet campaigning either. If anyone did the latter, it was Howard Dean. Other than that, Mr. Wolf is absolutely correct that President Obama should admit his historical errors on solar technology and who invented the car.

  • greenschemes

    The real point is why did Obama throw this into his speech?

    Simple really. The democrats are beholden to Labor Unions and they are NOT going to let the Big 3 crash throwing millions of their voters into the streets. They will bail out the Big 3. They will tell the unions they still dont have to take any cuts and they will most likely refund to the pension any amounts lost via the pensions investment into banks that fold or are nationalized and sold off.

    It was a huge………….”dont worry UAW” we got your back. Trying to justify why they will do this and being deceptive in the process is an aside note. Its not what he said but what was implied thats important here.

  • samsung550

    For the record straight UAW did not bring our economy to this, years of financial irregulations and greedy bankers and people spend money they don’t have bring our economy to this.

  • greenschemes


    No one is saying the Unions are responsible for anything. Im simply saying this is what the underlying message was in regards to his gaffe.

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