One of my predecessors, President Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone: 'It’s a great invention but who would ever want to use one?' That's why he's not on Mt. Rushmore.
He's looking backwards, he's not looking forward. He's explaining why we can't do something instead of why we can do something. The point is there will always be cynics and naysayers.
- President Obama
yeah... Hayes sure was a backwards-looking president... or was he?
let's look at some fact (for a change):
After a year of study in a Columbus law office, he entered Harvard Law School and received his degree in 1845. He began his law practice in Lower Sandusky. Not finding many opportunities there, he left in 1849 for Cincinnati, where he became a successful lawyer. His opposition to slavery drew him into the Republican Party.
In 1864, while still in the army, he was elected to Congress (despite his refusal to campaign). He was reelected in 1866. The following year Ohio voters elected him governor. After winning a third term in 1875, the Republican Party chose Hayes as its presidential candidate.
His sound money policies helped make business and industry stronger. He initiated civil service reform, aimed at ending patronage, and appointed men with sound qualifications to government positions. He also signed a bill that, for the first time, allowed women attorneys to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Honoring his commitment not to accept a second term, Hayes retired.
Hayes was the first president to have a telephone in the White House.
Hayes was the first president to have a typewriter in the White House.
- The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
President Obama, you just can't help yourself, can you?... every time you open your mouth, something stupider than the last comes flowing out.
why don't you just take the higher, moral road that President Hayes took... retire after one term.
Obama knocks Rutherford B. Hayes - POLITICO.com By BYRON TAU | 3/15/12 11:41 AM EDT
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center