It’s certainly not the first time Barack Obama has shown his ignorance of American history; nor is it the most flagrant historical foul the president has committed.
Some of Obama’s previous flubs of historical fact have been so glaring that in a March 2012 piece for Real Clear Politics, Carl Cannon observed that our president:
…shares with his fellow Americans one of their most dubious national traits: a nonchalant disregard for historical accuracy.
In an age when Twitter and other social media can propagate with distressing efficiency the fake Lincoln quote, the false Twain quip, the invented Ben Franklin advice, Obama is a president for our times.
And in an interview segment “for our times” — inasmuch as it featured a prominent piece of historical fiction offered by Obama that was unchallenged by the NBC reporter — the president made a comparison between what happens in the kitchen of his White House and that of President George Washington…
…except that Washington never lived in the White House…something one might reasonably expect a principal resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to know.
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In an interview that aired prior to the Super Bowl on NBC — the president’s seventh chatty exchange year after year before the big game — “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie visited with a casually dressed Obama in the executive mansion’s kitchen. One subject of their talk — the White House special ale brewed on site from honey out of the first lady’s garden beehives.
You can see Obama’s boast about the homemade brew that he said marked the first time “booze” has been made in the White House since George Washington did it…which he didn’t.
NBC’s Guthrie let the factual flub pass, but attentive twitter users did not.
As @koyote19 and others have pointed out, George Washington did not live in the White House, so how could he have brewed beer there? Uh, oh.
— Neil Best (@sportswatch) February 1, 2015
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— Carole Gilman (@CaroleGilman) February 2, 2015
— TheSpaniard (@Gladiator8658) February 1, 2015
— chris (@bisignano912704) February 1, 2015
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