Usually people when they name drop they drop another person’s name into a conversation. Not so with our President. President Obama’s staff has dropped his name into former Presidents’ official biographies at Whitehouse.gov. The Obama administration has added bullet points to every President’s biography since Calvin Coolidge with the exception of the late President
Jimmy Carter Gerald Ford (brain lapse, my apologies to the Carter family).
Some examples via Commentary Magazine:
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
Our President’s narcissism never ceases to amaze me. I would assume his speeches would be drastically shorter if he’d drop the words “I” and “me” from them. This is shameless behavior those biographies should be left alone regardless of who is in the office of President. They definitely shouldn’t be used to promote the current administration’s policies.
HT: Elizabeth Scalia