Today I was going to write a piece on a couple of bumps on the campaign trail that Obama is encountering or will encounter down the line. But then one of my readers alerted me to an article that was just too good to ignore.
Jim Treacher of The Daily Caller reports second-hand from a report by Seth Mandel of Commentary, a conservative web site, that Obama’s name has mysteriously emerged within the biographies of most of the modern Presidents on WhiteHouse.gov, the official web site of the White House. Here is a sample:
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.
When I read Treacher and Mandel’s articles I assumed them a spoof. So I wandered over to whitehouse.gov and to my shock discovered the Obama promotion to have infected every presidential biography from Calvin Coolidge to George W. Bush with the exception of Gerald Ford.
I’ve always fancied myself a US Presidents buff although I’ve lost my edge with age. I’ve looked at the biographies of these Presidents on whitehouse.gov before and I do not recall them having plugs for George W. Bush while he was in office. If any of my readers can document that other Presidents have spewed their self-love over half the POTUS bios before, then I’ll let the Obama staff off the hook.
Now of course Treacher and Mandel would like us to believe that Obama himself did the edit jobs. That of course is preposterous. Someone on the White House webmaster’s staff updated the biographies. But you still have to ask why. To this minute it almost looks like the site was hacked. How in anyone’s right mind could the insertion of Obama propaganda into thirteen presidential biographies be considered a good idea? How could this not be considered not just self-serving but downright disrespectful?
I doubt Barack Obama is any more a narcissist than any other politician but his staff needs a wake up call. If I want to read about Obama’s accomplishments, I’ll click on his biography. If I want to read about LBJ then dammit, give me a bio of LBJ. I don’t need Obama in there.