It takes historic hubris to do this, but President Obama has remarkably added his accomplishments—did you even know he had any?—to the official biographies of nearly every president of the 20th Century on the White House’s website, www.whitehouse.gov.
Our president has been inserted into the bio of every other president from Calvin Coolidge to Bill Clinton, except Gerald Ford. Don’t know why Ford was skipped, but no bio yet exists for George W. Bush so Obama wasn’t able pencil in how he is heroically continuing to work to overturn the economic mess created by his immediate predecessor.
He’s right in there with about all the rest of his predecessors from 1923 to 2000, however. Here are some excerpts:
- 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.
- 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 forfuture generations.
- 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 John F. Kennedy famously suggested the American people: “Ask what you can do for your country.” In 1961, the Peace Corps was created, facilitating service among citizens working toward peace in developing countries. In 2011, President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation.
- 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.
This, of course, is great fodder for the Internet crowd and a Twitter hashtag #ObamainHistory went up today with lightening speed on which some of the biggest names in the conservative blogosphere have weighed in:
Photoshop has also been deployed to help give Obama his rightful place in history. Although, shouldn’t he be in the center of Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of The Last Supper? Who does that other guy hogging the president’s spotlight think he is?
And we have this one of the president recounting the greatest moment of his first term—his take down of Osama bin Laden:
Using this to rightfully pick on Obama, a man with an ego for the ages, has potential and it will be fun to see if this thing grows wings and really takes off. If Obama is so anxious to find his place in history, I’m on his side. Let’s all give him a shove into the history books come November.