This is the kind of thing President Obama’s devotees do when they assume we aren’t looking.
The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Reagan’s tax reform advocacy with his “Buffett Rule” gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasn’t—it turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to the biographical sketches of every single U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (except, for some reason, Gerald Ford). Here are a few examples:
- 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.
And the most ridiculous:
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.
We’re at the end of history, my fellow Americans, and Barack Obama is the last man. The previous 43 presidents were mere forerunners, unfit to tie Obama’s sandals. All that has come before culminates in him. Maybe I should capitalize that “h” from now on.
Al Gore got into trouble when, as vice president, he made fundraising phone calls from the White House. Maybe Obama’s court scribes — the ones obviously electioneering on the White House web site, not the ones in the mainstream media — can add a line about how Obama, like Al Gore, respects no controlling legal authorities. For anything, really.
L’etat, c’est Barack.
Update: If you’re on the Twitter, keep an eye on the hashtag #ObamaInHistory. The LOLZ are coming fast and furious. Which, by the way, Obama had no role in of course.