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IB: Fustest With the Mostest August 3, 2013

Posted by geoff in News.

We’ve been pointing out President Obama’s abject failure to meet his promise of doubling exports by 2015 since January of last year. Surprisingly someone from the AP finally got on board:

Back in January 2010, President Barack Obama set a lofty goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years. With just 18 months to go to 2015, that target seems to be slipping beyond reach and has vanished from White House talking points.

Nice to see other people finally picking up on that story, but the author made two mistakes: 1) he brought this up just before the BEA release of export data for June (should be Tuesday), so he jumped the gun a bit; and 2) he discusses how manufacturing jobs have been basically stagnant for the past year (18,000 jobs since July 2012), but forgets that President Obama also promised to add a million more manufacturing jobs.

So we’ll keep reminding him.


1. geoff - August 3, 2013

Apparently the Nathan Beford Forrest quote isn’t really accurate:

In the first interview at Murfreesboro, TN, Forrest was asked by Duke & Morgan to what he attributed his stunning success. The General replied that he “just got there first with the most men.” Of course, Forrest rarely had the most men, but was adept at finding the weak point and bursting upon it with an overpowering thrust with more men than the enemy had at that point. From this the legend grew and was spread by friend and foe alike.

In the postwar interview, this again came up and Forrest replied “I was just first with the most.” Later biographers, inferring that Forrest was raised in the backwoods and would have used more of a ‘cracker Southern dialect’ transformed the quote into “get thar fustest with the mostest.” In 1918, Sir Frederick Maurice, during WW1 writings, properly attributed the motto correctly, but the folklore version was thoroughly implanted and sticks with the General today. In 1944, author Robert Henry’s book “First With the Most” reintroduced the correct formal quote to modern historians.

So today, the slang version is still used along with the correct one.

2. Jimbro - August 3, 2013

Bush’s fault

3. geoff - August 3, 2013

Bush’s fault

The funny thing (as it says in the first link) is that Bush did double exports.

4. geoff - August 3, 2013

This is weird – all of a sudden it’s like the AP wants to do some real reporting on the economy. From another article:

The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse.

Part-time work has made up 77 percent of the job growth so far this year. The government defines part-time work as being less than 35 hours a week.

I don’t know what finally lit a fire under them, but I like it.

thirdnews - August 4, 2013

The Obama administration wiretapping AP scandal caused their story sources to dry up, and financially punished their journalism model.

The unintended consequences may have forced AP to do more reporting based on the economy, and financials -on a account of their own losses

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