So, normally, I can shrug off most Conservative Obama Outrage as over reacting. And while I do not really care about this…I cannot see a reasonable defense for it.
The White House website has inserted President Obama into Presidential biographies. In the “Did you know” sections:
For George W. Bush:
- In 2002, President George W. Bush’s State of the Union was the first to be live broadcast on the Internet. In 2011 and 2012, President Obama’s State of the Union speeches were available in an enhanced live stream version that featured infographics, charts and data side-by-side in real time with the President’s speech.
For Ronald Reagan:
- In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.
- On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.
- In a 1946 letter to the National Urban League, President Truman wrote that the government has “an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.” He ended racial segregation in civil service and the armed forces in 1948. Today the Obama administration continues to strive toward upholding the civil rights of its citizens, repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, allowing people of all sexual orientations to serve openly in our armed forces.
For Lyndon Johnson:
- President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed (sic) into law in 1965—providing millions of elderly healthcare stability. President Obama’s historic health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing, and provides discounts on drugs when in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”
Mind you, the information is not inserted directly into the biographies. It is at the end in a “did you know” section. But still, it creates an impression not of proving how much he shares with past presidents as much as it looks self aggrandizing. It is possible Barack Obama was unaware this was done (not that conservatives will allow such a plausible explanation). It could be staffers. Certainly, i have my doubts that any President has been the Web Editor In Chief. But the only appropriate response would be for the President to step in and scrub this stuff. It just make the President look prideful and full of himself. Let the biographical pages be about their individual Presidents.
Of course, even if they removed the content, Conservatives would declare it proof that Obama was behind it all along.