Video: Obama promises Janesville that plant will “thrive,” “will be here for another 100 years”
posted at 3:31 pm on September 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Last week, I wrote extensively about the risible and embarrassing “fact checks” applied to Paul Ryan’s convention speech regarding his recollection of Barack Obama’s promise to Janesville to keep the plant open for another hundred years, but Phil Kerpen has managed to dig up the video of the event. Read my earlier post to refresh your memory of that media failure, and then watch Obama do exactly what Ryan said he did — tell the people at the GM plant in Janesville that his plan would usher in a clean-energy economy that would keep the plant slated for shuttering open for another 100 years:
I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give the assistance you need to retool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another 100 years. So, that’s our priority… I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America, I want it to thrive right here in Janesville, Wisconsin. And that’s the future I will fight for as president of the United States of America.
Here’s what Ryan said in his speech:
“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: `I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year.”
Sounds like Ryan got it exactly correct — especially since Ryan told the story to explain how people in Janesville and around the country voted for Obama based on his promises of Hope and Change, not just in general, but in very specific terms as in Janesville. Those are just the facts, ma’am.