On Friday’s Stephanie Miller show, the host was typically adoring Obama’s snarky remarks about how the conservatives are flat-earthers when it comes to the awesome potential for green energy solutions. The forward-thinkers and the scientific minds hand over a half-billion dollars to Solyndra, apparently.
Unfortunately for Miller, her sidekick Jim Ward (who does impressions), completely lost his cool and said Obama’s critics “should test the alleged laws of gravity by jumping out of a plane without a parachute.” It’s another Playtex bottle of the milk of human kindness from liberal talk radio.
MILLER: Yeah I think the President got off a good one the other day didn’t he when he was talking he said ‘if some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail they must have been founding members of the flat earth society. They wouldn’t have believed the world was round’ Ah just in relation to the whole energy debate, correct?
REP. ADAM SCHIFF: Exactly, they would have been talking about the alleged round earth theory.
JIM WARD: I think they should test the alleged laws of gravity by jumping out of a plane without a parachute.
MILLER: Oh now!
This Obama oration in suburban Largo, Maryland was the one Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler whacked for inaccuracy: "In a speech on energy Thursday, the president took aim at the “cynics and naysayers” who dismiss potential new sources of energy, such as wind and solar. Leave aside the canard about most Europeans believing the earth was flat before Columbus — that’s an elementary-school tale with little basis in fact."
As for the next bit of the speech, where Obama claimed President Rutherford Hayes was hostile to the invention of the telephone, Kessler wrote, “the trouble is, historians say that there is no evidence Hayes ever said this. Not only that, contrary to Obama’s jab, Hayes was interested in new technology. According to Ari Hoogenboom, who wrote the definite biography, ‘Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President’ Hayes entertained Thomas A. Edison at the White House. Edison demonstrated the phonograph for the president....Hayes, in fact, was such a technology buff that he installed the first telephone in the White House."