Claim: Obama administration representatives meeting with the auto industry advocated legislatively changing the laws of physics.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2009]
GOT THIS FROM A FRIEND OF MINE AT TIME, INC. IN DETROIT. It is so funny, but damn scary to boot!
Monday morning I attended a breakfast meeting where the speaker/guest was
Mr. Cole, who is an engineer by training, told many stories of the difficulty of working with the folks that the Obama administration has sent to save the auto industry. There have been many meetings where a
My favorite story is as follows:
There was a team of Obama people speaking to
Mr. Cole explained that to do this you would need a trunk FULL of batteries and a LNG tank at big as a car to make that happen and that there were problems related to the laws of physics that prevented them from…
The Obama person interrupted and said (and I am quoting here) “These laws of physics? Who’s rules are those, we need to change that. (Some of the others wrote down the law name so they could look it up) We have the congress and the administration. We can repeal that law, amend it, or use an executive order to get rid of that problem. That’s why we are here, to fix these sort of issues”.
I feel so much better. I understand that Senator Isaac Newton is sponsoring Senate Bill
Origins: The English language uses the word law to describe (among other things) both legislative created rules that must be obeyed under penalty of criminal punishment (e.g., “We have laws against murder; you could go to jail!”) and scientific
statements about invariable phenomena (e.g., “The law of gravity says ‘What goes up must come down'”). The conflation of these two meanings is a common platform for humor, typically for satirical jabs at those who are either too naive or too stubbornly bound by ideology to allow inconvenient realities of the physical world to interfere with what they choose to believe. (Examples of this form of humor can be found here and here and here.)
The item quoted above supposedly relates a real-life occurrence of this phenomenon, experienced by
We asked Dr. Cole directly about this anecdote, and his response was that it had been garbled: He said that although he did once encounter, in a meeting with members of Congress, the suggestion that a “law of physics” should be legislatively amended, that meeting took place several years ago and did not involve representatives of the Obama administration (with whom
I have not met personally with the Obama Auto Task Force. The comments related to the “laws of physics” came from a discussion I had a number of years ago with several congressmen who said that we should pass a new
Last updated: 9 June 2009