Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on May 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Once again, Barack Obama gave a prepared speech … and once again, he failed to fact-check it first. While extolling the virtues of immigration, the President told a Texas audience that we’d be surprised to find out how immigrants have shaped American lives.  Why, just note who founded some of the leading technology firms:

Look at Intel and Google and Yahoo and eBay – these are great American companies that have created countless jobs and helped us lead the world in high-tech industries.  Every one was founded by an immigrant.  We don’t want the next Intel or Google to be created in China or India.  We want those companies and jobs to take root in America.

As reader Joe C points out, Obama might be surprised, too — if he bothered to look for himself.  Intel was founded by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce in 1968, neither of whom was an immigrant … unless Obama thinks San Francisco and Burlington, Iowa are in foreign countries.  (Some conservatives might be tempted to give Obama the benefit of the doubt on San Francisco.)  In fact, Noyce is descended from passengers on the Mayflower, which is about as non-immigrant as one gets without being a Native American.

As for the other firms on the list, Obama comes closer, but still doesn’t quite get it right.  Google was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin; Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan, although Brin was born in Russia.  Yahoo was co-founded by Jerry Yang (China) and David Filo (Wisconsin).  eBay was co-founded by Pierre Omidyar (France) and Michael Dean Johnson (US).  Put together, the firms had more American founders than immigrants.

Finally, of course, even the immigrants all had one thing in common — they emigrated to the US legally.  They came to this country rather than China precisely because they could exercise their entrepreneurial spirit and find investors without kowtowing to an authoritarian ruling class of the kind found in China.  They didn’t enter illegally and then demand amnesty for breaking the law.  No one opposes legal immigration.

Does anyone do research at the White House?

Update: My friend Jeff Jacoby points out that Intel credits Andy Grove, a Hungarian immigrant, with participation in its founding.  Gordon Moore, however, calls him “employee number four” in this interview.  It should also be remembered that Intel began as NM Electronics, for Noyce Moore — not NMG Electronics.  In the interview, Moore recalls how he and Noyce teamed up to create the company.  Grove, while obviously critical to the firm’s success, did not “found” Intel.  PBS also credits only Noyce and Moore.

Update II: After noting that Intel’s site lists Moore and Noyce as the founders, Ben Smith at Politico reports that Intel’s spokesperson responded that the company considers Grove a “co-founder.”

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Does anyone do research give a damn about facts at the White House?

FIFY

Shy Guy on May 11, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Help Wanted: Research czar needed at the WH

*temporary position-18 mths max*

cmsinaz on May 11, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?

A randomized controlled trial of the chronic effects of hurling Jell-O against vertically oriented surfaces and determining the adherence forthwith….

research.

ted c on May 11, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?

Leftists don’t care about accuracy. The only thing the Left seems to care about is making themselves feel better about themselves. Self-congratulation. Believing that they are the “good” guys and therefore non-Libs are “bad.”

If you keep this in mind you can see how an empty suit like Obama got elected and why his Followers clap like seals at these fact-deficient speeches.

visions on May 11, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Only such facts as fit the meme. Nothing else needs be considered. Zero accountability is great, isn’t it?

SKYFOX on May 11, 2011 at 8:14 AM

They came to this country rather than China precisely because they could exercise their entrepreneurial spirit and find investors without kowtowing to an authoritarian ruling class of the kind found in China.

How long will that last?

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 8:14 AM

What is the problem? If it was said on TV it must be true. If it made the nightly news who the hell are we to question it. We didn’t elect that wonderful group of folks up on the Hill by doing our homework. Relax, be happy, clap when they hold up the sign and everyone wins.

Limerick on May 11, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?

It’s irrelevent.

Obambi says it, the MSM reports it, so it’s fact.

BacaDog on May 11, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Everything he said yesterday regarding ‘immigration’ was stunningly inaccurate if not simply false. He’s a joke, a sick one. His entire presentation was so bad that Hugh Hewitt & Co. were mocking him endlessly, screaming with laughter.

Cody1991 on May 11, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Why let facts get in the way of a really good sounding speech.

Kissmygrits on May 11, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Obama’s faithful don’t care if he tells the truth or not and the rest of us don’t matter to him.

Fallon on May 11, 2011 at 8:16 AM

When you know that the MSM will be running defense for you, you have no need to do research. The MSM is their friend. Not so with GWB, of course, whose every word was scrutinized and every move was analyzed.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Not to mention that Obambi said that the fence was “essentially complete.” With two-thirds of the border still wide-open.

Pants-on-fire.

NeighborhoodCatLady on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM

The message trumps the facts.

Gwillie on May 11, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Obama is DECEIT personified. To paraphrase Victor Davis Hanson, welcome to the Kingdom of Lies.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?

ED. PLEASE WAKE UP.

Obama is in campaign-mode all the time. Facts and reality do not matter to him. All that matters is power.

gh on May 11, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Facts, schmacts, it’s the narrative that counts!

JimK on May 11, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Look at Intel and Google and Yahoo and eBay – these are great American companies that have created countless jobs and helped us lead the world in high-tech industries. Every one was founded by an immigrant. We don’t want the next Intel or Google to be created in China or India. We want those companies and jobs to take root in America.

Something tells me that Julio who’s ahead of me in the checkout line and who’s having difficulty dealing with the intricacies of paying for his groceries with food stamps isn’t going to be founding the next great 21st-century American employer.

BuckeyeSam on May 11, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Something tells me that Julio who’s ahead of me in the checkout line and who’s having difficulty dealing with the intricacies of paying for his groceries with food stamps isn’t going to be founding the next great 21st-century American employer.

BuckeyeSam on May 11, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Amen!

sandee on May 11, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Obama knows it isn’t true. He lies. He simply challenges the media, everyday, to have the courage to say so.

Yoop on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 AM

They came to this country rather than China precisely because they could exercise their entrepreneurial spirit and find investors without kowtowing to an authoritarian ruling class of the kind found in China.

How long will that last?

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 8:14 AM

It’s already mostly gone. Has China surpassed us on economic freedom yet? I know we’re challenging them on “authoritarian ruling class”.

forest on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 AM

C’mon, swing voters. Help flush this turd and the radical left down the toilet.

BuckeyeSam on May 11, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Obama knows it isn’t true. He lies. He simply challenges the media, everyday, to have the courage to say so.

Yoop on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 AM

If that’s a bet, put everything you have on “never happen”.

SKYFOX on May 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Obama’s To Do List:

1. Golf
2. Basketball
3. Common poetry receital
4. Lie to the American people
5. Campaign – spike the football style
6. Lie to the American people.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I see above that the AP poll says Obama is at 60% approval. Can’t wait to see the break down of Dem/Rep. on that poll!

sandee on May 11, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Obama got himself a free ride down to TX to fund-raise with those speech(es). Who cares what he says….as long as he gets the money..

tinkerthinker on May 11, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Obama’s To Do List:

1. Golf
2. Basketball
3. Common poetry receital
4. Lie to the American people
5. Campaign – spike the football style
6. Lie to the American people.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Obama’s To Do List:

1. Golf
2. Basketball
3. Common poetry receital
4. Lie to the American people
5. Campaign – spike the football style
6. Lie to the American people.

WordsMatter on May 11, 2011 at 8:32 AM

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NJ-State-Police-Outraged-Over-Rapper-Invited-to-White-House-121596869.html

you missed one

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 8:40 AM

sorry about that, hiccups

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 8:40 AM

They came to this country rather than China precisely because they could exercise their entrepreneurial spirit and find investors without kowtowing to an authoritarian ruling class of the kind found in China.

Love to stay and discuss this, but I need to go get notarized signatures of the County Planners, Twp Board and property owner and then hopefully get the plan recorded unless some little thing is out of place and it gets rejected. We got he county zoning approval, Twp land development approval, and a special State Historic Board Memorandum of agreement with the FCC and County for the bogus agricultural historic district. And of course all the routine environmental and historic reviews and approvals. All for a small unmanned installation I’ve been working on getting approved for about 3 years.

And another municipality just told me that the simple installation of a 3″ conduit for fiber optic cable will require both HARB and zoning approval, and then of course more reviews and approvals and a building and elctrical permit for some reason – even though fiber is not electrical. 6 months to be wasted and many thousands of unnecessary dollars spent for a 3″ conduit…

Good thing we have economic freedom and private property here!

forest on May 11, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Big deal. PBHO personally killed Bin Laden with a double-tap from his personal solid gold Red Ryder, so he can say whatever he wants now and you wing-ding-dong-bongs can shove it.

Bishop on May 11, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Big deal. PBHO personally killed Bin Laden with a double-tap from his personal solid gold Red Ryder, so he can say whatever he wants now and you wing-ding-dong-bongs can shove it.

Bishop on May 11, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Ain’t that the truth!

sandee on May 11, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Help Wanted: Research czar needed at the WH

*temporary position-18 mths max*

cmsinaz on May 11, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Perfect! Time to start writing stories about Obama’s Presidency/record—in the past-tence.

Rovin on May 11, 2011 at 8:49 AM

crr6 sits with the crickets…….

Patrick S on May 11, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?

He** if scientists are given a pass on real research (AGW, Climate Change, Catastrophic Climate Disruption …) why would you expect others to have to do real research?

chemman on May 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?

Pfffffttttt. That’s for the little people. Odumba$$ has no need of such trivial things. Besides, he was telling them EXACTLY what they wanted to hear (I wonder if there were interpreters there to translate into spanish for him) as he does with all of his campaign speeches. It just depends on who the audience is as to what he will espouse at that time. That’s why he has his morons available to swoon and faint on cue.

sicoit on May 11, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?

They don’t care. As long as the narrative “sounds” good….

Caper29 on May 11, 2011 at 8:54 AM

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NJ-State-Police-Outraged-Over-Rapper-Invited-to-White-House-121596869.html

you missed one

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Moral decline starts at the top.

Rovin on May 11, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Why should the White House fact-check a speech, is there anyone in the LSM going to report this? Of course not. The only place you might see it is on Hot Air and Fox News, other than that, it’s cricket time.

bflat879 on May 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM

:) Rovin

cmsinaz on May 11, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Little Bammie’s base doesn’t care about the truth. They want whatever it will take to win.

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM

and once again, he failed to fact-check it first.

When you are speaking about A Larger Truth, facts don’t matter. The left does not care about truths or facts if they get in the way of the Left’s objective: seizing control of society.

rbj on May 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

How can a Teleprompter be that dumb?

TimBuk3 on May 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

George Bush is an idiot.
/sarc

Open The Door on May 11, 2011 at 9:17 AM

All research done is to twist to the needs of The Won.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:28 AM

We don’t want the next Intel or Google to be created in China or India. We want those companies and jobs to take root in America.

What does this have to do with the “Dream Act” anyway? Does he plan on expanding its jurisdiction to all illegal immigrants?

Companies will take root in America if the business climate is favorable for those roots to flourish. Hell, he and his comrades at the NLRB won’t even let companies “take root” in South Carolina.

Buy Danish on May 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM

“Does anyone do research at the White House?” No, and I don’t think they care since the MSM reports everything as factually true just about all the time.

And he lied about the border fence being ”basically completed”. Yep only 36.3 miles of the double fence completed for the 700 miles approved along the 1951 miles of Mexican/USA border. Oh and a day or so ago he said once more that we are pumping more oil under his administration than ever before; In 2010 5,511,930 barrels/day and 8,971,000 barrels/day in 1985 according to my Google search, but a bit above Bush’s years, but only after 2006. “Than ever before” must mean since Bush.
http://www.indexmundi.com/energy.aspx?country=us&product=oil&graph=production

amr on May 11, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Little Bammie is an idiot; every day a few more Americans realize this. Hopefully an after-effect of his disastrous reign will be a examination of the destructive effect of A^2 programs.

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM

No one opposes legal immigration.

They just don’t get that, do they. Or maybe they do and maybe it’s the same as saying cuts to entitlements are because we want old people to get sick and die or go hungry.

scalleywag on May 11, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Thanks for the catch, Ed. I was too busy fleeing the alligators while crossing the moat to notice those chestnuts. :)

Mutnodjmet on May 11, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Mutnodjmet on May 11, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I was too busy feeding the alligators you were fleeing.

Buy Danish on May 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?

Why should they? Obama’s die hard followers will support, protect, rationalize, and justify just about anything he says and does. Even knowing it’s all lies.

capejasmine on May 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Standard practice.

Liberals, and this Administration in particular, develop “facts” to bolster the narrative.

And, as Ed points out, the “immigrants” involved in this narrative all arrived on our shores legally…and did not have to swim across that alligator-infested moat in the dark of night to get here.

What is it about legal immigration, a legally defined process, and illegal peregrination that is sooo difficult to understand? And why are we the only Nation the liberals demand have no border controls whatsoever?

coldwarrior on May 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

The worst administration, ever! Ever!

Vince on May 11, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Does anyone do research at the White House?
It’s irrelevent.

Obambi says it, the MSM reports it, so it’s fact.

BacaDog on May 11, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Correct! ObaMao is simply creating the narrative, which will go into his next “greatest hits” Ipod speeches and videos and the history books. Facts be dam*ed.

onlineanalyst on May 11, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Win The Future is based on a big lie.

TN Mom on May 11, 2011 at 10:49 AM

The panel on Fox was referring to his speech and remarked about how the border fence is far from being “basically complete” when it’s only about 5% finished. Mr. President probably knows what he says isn’t true half the time, but he’s a flim flam snake oil selling storyteller. He knows his fans will happily lap up anything he has to sell them, without question.

scalleywag on May 11, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Rewriting history is what Marxists do.

RebeccaH on May 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

He cares not about facts – the lying MSM will just cover for him and the majority of these American Idol idiot voters will lap it up.

Scary.

RedNewEnglander on May 11, 2011 at 1:37 PM

The message trumps the facts.

Gwillie on May 11, 2011 at 8:19 AM

The messenger, in this case. He can do no wrong. He’s half black.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM

which is about as non-immigrant as one gets without being a Native American.

Well, that’s the message, isn’t it? Everyone who is not a Native American is an immigrant, so legality doesn’t matter.

malclave on May 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Research, we don’t need no stinkin’ research.

Dhuka on May 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM