America No Longer Invented the Car

Among other things, earlier today Barack Obama made the case for why America needs a car industry. In his words, the industry is "an emblem of the American spirit" and "a once and future symbol of America's success" that "helped build the middle class and sustained it throughout the 20th century."

But I piece than one element of Obama's automobile history -- something he's brought up more than once before -- has been dropped: The slightly wacky claim that we need to defend the industry because America "invented" the automobile.

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Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. More

Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism, an economics blog that was recently published in book form by Simon and Schuster. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. He is also on Twitter.

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