Will Jay Carney be correcting Obama's mistake?
"He gives a good speech, but he’s loose with the facts. He called Abraham Lincoln the ‘founder’ of the Republican Party. Nope. Lincoln was not the founder of the party; he wasn’t even the first Republican nominee (John Fremont was, in 1856). Lincoln was, of course, the first Republican to be elected president.”
- Jay Carney, TIME Magazine bureau chief, on Mike Huckabee’s GOP Convention Speech, September 3, 2008
“We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our union. Founder of the Republican Party.”
- President Barack Obama, address to Congress, September 8, 2011
Hat tip to Byron York.
– Jake Tapper
NPR gets caught doctoring their transcript of Obama's talk.
"We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. But in the middle of a Civil War, he was also a leader who looked to the future - a Republican president who mobilized government to build the transcontinental railroad; launch the National Academy of Sciences; and set up the first land grant colleges. And leaders of both parties have followed the example he set." . . .