Another day, another unplugged, unscripted, and un-TelePrompTered Obama gaffe. This guy goes to great lengths to outdo himself. Yesterday Obama made the following comparison between the respective transportation infrastructure of the United States and the People’s Republic of China:

Everybody’s watching what’s going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics, Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are all vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business you’re starting to think, “Beijing looks like a pretty good option.”

Now I’ll gladly give due credit to the Chinese where credit is due. They have put on a spectacular show during the Beijing Olympics. They provided a fantastic opening ceremony highlighted by faux fireworks and a Milli-Vannili like vocal performance. We’ve also discovered that the space-time continuum works differently in China because evidently sixteen years pass by faster there than other place on earth.

Well, I for one am curious as to just what Barack Obama defines as “vastly superior” when it comes to transportation infrastructure. Let’s take a look at those stubborn things commonly referred to as “factual data*” Shall we?

Type of Transportation Infrastructure

United States of America

People’s Republic of China

Railroads (in KM)

226,612

75,438

Roadways (paved) (in KM)

4,165,110

1,575,571

Airports (paved runways)

5,143 (191 with 3,047 m runways)

403 (58 with 3,047 m runways)

I could go on to comment on the various methods used by the Chinese to clear out the inhabitants of the land upon which places like the Swimming Cube and the Bird’s Nest now stand, but I’ll just mention the fact that no due process was involved in their removal and no environmental impact studies were conducted prior to construction.

Keep in mind that Obama stated that all Chinese transportation infrastructure is “vastly superior” to that upon which you now travel. Well, I for one have traveled on several of America’s subway systems and have yet to experience this. I’m curious as to what happens when the doors open at the next station.

*Source – CIA World Factbook – ChinaUnited States

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