Let’s get the facts right Mr. President

Posted on: May 11, 2011

Facts-schmacts- whatever -that’s the attitude of this administration. According to an article on HotAir, when President Obama gave a prepared speech he once again failed to fact-check it first. When he was in Texas praising the virtues of immigration, he told a Texas audience that we’d be surprised to find out how immigrants have shaped American lives. He gave examples of leading technology firms such as Intel, Google, Yahoo and eBay. He claimed that every one of them was founded by an immigrant.

Not exactly true Mr. President.

As the article points out 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 immigrated to the US legally. They came to this country 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

No one opposes legal immigration.

Once again who writes the President’s speeches? Whoever wrote this speech should be fired and an apology from the President should be forthcoming for deceiving the American public. I won’t be holding my breath for this one.

Moral of this story, don’t believe anything you see and hear from this Administration, their spinning and telling of untruths will make you crazy.


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