The President’s Ego

No matter how one may like to describe President Obama, the word “tacky” hasn’t come to mind, until now.  The insertion of himself, into former Presidents’ biographies found at The White House website is just about over the top, perhaps even by his most ardent supporters’ standards (we can only hope.)

This latest campaign re-election stunt had to be authorized by someone in the upper echelons of the White House (Valerie Jarrett?  Mrs. Obama?  David Plouffe?) or the re-election campaign committee (David Axelrod? Jim Messina?) since it involves the official White House website and official biographies of former US Presidents.

Note the following reference:  The Presidential biographies on are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Michael Beschloss and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association.

I find it hard to believe that noted historians, Messrs. Beschloss and Sidey, would agree to having the following “Did You Know?” snippets politicized for anyone’s self-aggrandizement.  A few examples:

Calvin Coolidge:

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 TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn, etc.

Franklin D. Roosevelt:

On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.

Harry Truman:

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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower:

President Dwight Eisenhower established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness on July 16, 1956 (now known as The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports) after learning from a study that American youth were less fit than European youth. Today the Council is still going strong—with Olympians and professional athletes on board—working in conjunction with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiativeto help promote healthier lifestyles.

Bill Clinton:

Continuing his work as a lifelong public service, Clinton created the Clinton Foundation in 2001 to improve global health, education, economies and environments. Affectionately calling him “Do-Gooder-in-Chief”, President Obama has worked with Clinton to make buildings in our country more efficient—announcing a $4 billion investment in energy efficiency upgrades for commercial buildings.

Barack Obama:

Shame on you.


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