If you are interested in history, accurate history.. this is going to push your buttons. Obama has decided to rewrite Presidential history. I am sure you think this is a stretch, no way he would get way with that. Well, he did and has.
It was reported yesterday that the White House has “amended” the biography of nearly every U.S. president of the past century, adding a “Did you know?” section at the end where they tied former presidents’ accomplishments to those of president Obama.
At the bottom of Reagan’s biography, for instance, the White House tried to plug the “Buffett Rule.” Did you know, it asks, that “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.”
The Calvin Coolidge connection is no less far-fetched. “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,” it explains.
While the adjustments don’t reach back as far as Woodrow Wilson, only a modest link to FDR is mentioned: “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.”
The following was reported by nypost.com. Do you sometimes feel as though President Obama has the weight of history on his shoulders? That he’s carrying the burden of the accomplishments of his predecessors? That he embodies the best and brightest of the leaders of the free world?
If so, you are not alone. Barack Obama agrees with you. And the White House Web site, whitehouse.gov, now reflects that wisdom. It has turned the individual biographical sketches of every president since Calvin Coolidge (except Gerald Ford) into mere preludes to the historic first term of Obama, by adding bullet points explicitly outlining the various history-making torches the president is carrying.
Obama famously (if inaccurately) sought to co-opt Ronald Reagan’s tax-reform advocacy with his own budget gimmick known as the “Buffett Rule.” He has now taken it a step further, by enshrining this fact in Reagan’s official White House bio, as Heritage Foundation staffer Rory Cooper tweeted on Monday.
It sounded like a joke — but it wasn’t. A stroll through the presidential biographies on the site (adapted from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Michael Beschloss and Hugh Sidey) shows Obama’s habit of rewriting history. Obama popped up in every single presidential biography since Coolidge, adding fun facts about his efforts to one-up our previous commanders-in-chief. Some 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. 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 into law in 1965 — providing millions of elderly health-care 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.’ ”
* “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.”
* “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.”
As you can see, Obama appreciates the efforts of FDR, Truman, Reagan and others to get the ball rolling so that Obama could complete the task.