The Corner

On the Atchison, Topeka and the St. Tropez

Over at the Los Angeles Times, Andrew Malcolm notes that Obama referred to America being “the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad,” and that, in striking contrast to their treatment of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann et al in such matters, the media declined to draw attention to the Smartest President in History’s latest verbal infelicity.

True. But I’m kind of relieved “the Intercontinental Railroad” is just another Obama gaffe as opposed to the latest shovel-ready stimulus project. An Intercontinental Railroad built by retrained Navy corpsemen to ferry passengers from all 57 states from Washington to Vienna with conductors who can speak both English and the Austrian language while the President of Canada rides in the club-car having given up his corporate jet is just the kind of audacity of change people were voting for.

PS Yes, it turns out to be at least the second time he said it*, but give the guy a break. At the U.N., I’m sure he expressed “grave concern” about Iran’s plans to build an Intercontinental Ballistic Railroad.

[UPDATE: *Okay, fifth.]   

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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