Friday, September 23, 2011

"We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad," Barack Obama.

Obama hails America's historic building of 'the Intercontinental Railroad' - Andrew Malcolm/LA Times

That's what the president of the United States flat-out said Thursday during what was supposed to be a photo op to sell his jobs plan next to an allegedly deteriorating highway bridge.

A railroad between continents? A railroad from, say, New York City all the way across the Atlantic to France? Now, THAT would be a bridge!


FACT: Republicans Established the TRANScontinental Railroad - The 1860 Republican National Convention, in its platform, called for building a railroad to the Pacific.

In 1862, the Republican-controlled 37th Congress passed the Pacific Railway Act, establishing the transcontinental railroad. The bill, written by U.S. Representative Samuel Curtis (R-IA), was signed into law later that day by Republican President Abraham Lincoln.

The man honored with driving the golden spike to complete the railroad was former Republican governor of California, Leland Stanford. In 1856, Stanford had co-founded the California Republican Party. He would later serve in the U.S. Senate and found Stanford University. ◼ Read more: GOP Accomplishments