Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The insufferable egotism of The One

Seth Mandel uncovers a perfect example of the hubris of Obama and his acolytes in his administration. They have rewritten the official biographies of past presidents back to Calvin Coolidge, excluding Gerald Ford, to insert references to The One. Here are some examples from whitehouse.gov
* 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.

* 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.
Apparently, there was no modern history that hasn't been made better by the arrival of Barack Obama. This is the history they'd like today's schoolchildren to learn and repeat.

Of course, Jonah Goldberg is already thinking of parodies.
I find this very creepy. But I wonder why he’s stopping there? Sure the Obama folks can hie themselves to Wikipedia and get to work on the biographies of leaders going back centuries. After all, Joe Biden says Obama is the most audacious military leader in 500 years, or something like that.

I’ll leave it to the commenters and my colleagues to come up with their own. But what I have in mind is something like “Genghis Khan united the warring factions of Mongolia. President Obama’s historic speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention served a similar purpose, without bloodshed. Khan introduced the first universal writing system for the Mongols. Under President Obama’s Race to the Top Initiative, the White House is maintaining a similar commitment to bringing the country together on the issue of education.”
Predictably, Twitter already has entries.
From RB Pundit: Moses parted the Red Sea in half. Obama tried to cut the deficit in half but doubled it instead.

From Jonah Goldberg: Footnote to Federalist Papers discovered. "Void if Obama is president."

From Ben Howe: Many ppl were killed 4 freedom in the American Revolution much like Obama bravely overcame some ppl totally not liking him.

From CuffyMeh: In 1803, Jefferson bought the Louisiana Purchase for $233 million in today's dollars, which Obama spent while you read this.

From Tomas Doleur: The founding father's create a system of checks and balances Obama systematically wrote checks against a negative balance
Just too funny.

UPDATE: Wow - #ObamaInHistory is exploding. People are so witty. And this is such a huge target.

What do you want to bet that the late night comics still won't be able to find any aspect of Barack Obama to ridicule?