03/15/2012 04:45 pm ET

Obama Slams A Republican President: Rutherford B. Hayes, Not George W. Bush

Barack Obama has gotten a lot of political mileage criticizing former Republican president George W. Bush, but in a speech on alternative energy sources, he went back 130 years and griped about Rutherford B. Hayes.

"President Rutherford B. Hayes reportedly said about the telephone: 'It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?'" Obama told a crowd in Maryland in a speech on new energy options. "That's why he's not on Mt. Rushmore."

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