Friday, March 16, 2012

On the road less traveled

President Obama gave a speech about energy yesterday. If you read the media reports, you might think it was all about Rutherford Hayes and the Flat Earth Society. Much energy was expended by the leading lights of the Fourth Estate on researching how Hayes really felt about the telephone and the actual origins of Flat Earthers.

Didn't read all the anguished analyses, but I didn't see any discussion of the substance of Obama's energy speech in the ones I did read. He did say some other more important stuff, like this:
THE PRESIDENT: It’s inexcusable. It is time for this oil industry giveaway to end. (Applause.) So in the next few weeks, I expect Congress to vote on ending these subsidies. And when they do, they’ll put every single member of Congress on record. I guess you can stand up for the oil companies who really don't need much help, or they can stand up for the American people, because we can take that $4 billion -- we could be investing it in clean energy in a good energy future, in fuel efficiency. (Applause.) We could actually be trying to solve a vital problem.
The media might have mentioned some of the more salient remarks, but hell, true facts are so boring. And how is anybody supposed to snark on the twitter about serious points?

In other news, President Obama's mini-documentary of accomplishments was released to little fanfare as well. Haven't watched it yet, but it's the weekend, so here it is for when you have 15 minutes to spend.

Haven't seen much attention paid to this either, but the couple of reviews I've seen so far were good. Looking forward to watching it this weekend.

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