A quick comparable: If George W. Bush had arranged to insert “Did You Know?” promos of his administration’s accomplishments and positions into other presidents’ biographies on the White House’s web site, does anyone think that the press would have ignored it? Not only would they have not ignored it, they and every left-leaning entertainer would (quite justifiably) have ridiculed and criticized him for historical tampering bordering on vandalism.
Well, Dear Leader has done exactly what I described sometime in the past four days to 13 of his past 14 predecessors, sparing only Gerald Ford (I guess that will have to wait until Obama can compare his administration-ending pardons to Ford’s pardon of Dick Nixon). After the jump, readers will find pictures of the conclusion of the bio of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from Google Cache as of May 12 and as of today, followed by a bit of commentary from Andrew Malcolm at Investor’s Business Daily:
Here is how FDR’s White House page looks today (except, of course, that the red box around Team Obama’s gratuitous inserted text is mine):
Here is most of what Malcolm had to say at IBD beyond quoting other “Did You Know?” items at other presidential bios:
Narcissism update: Obama now inserts himself into online bios of past presidents
It was probably to be expected from a monstrous political ego that considers himself among the top two presidents of the 21st century.
But faced with the apparently frightening possibility of losing his reelection bid, Barack Obama has inserted himself into the online White House bios of almost every president in the last nine decades. To somehow share and compare their achievements. At one point Obama even draws his wife into the biographical additions.
It would be funny if it wasn’t so hilarious.
… Imagine the emotional insecurities of a grown man who would have henchman find and gratuitously insert even the faintest link between this 44th president and almost every president back to Calvin Coolidge –“On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people…..President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls.”
Malcolm supplies the other bio additions at this column. Those readers of strong, er, constitution who want to see how the Obama administration sullied the other bios can go to the following direct links: Coolidge, Hoover, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and (yes) Bush 43.
This of course is not news at the Associated Press (search was on “White House biographies,” not in quotes). The ever-so-pompous New York Times falsely headlined the notion that all of the additions are policy-related (some are most definitely not), and was careful only to quote conservative pundits and others about the additions — as if independents and many Democrats are presumptively okey-dokey with all of this. What rubbish
Does anybody still want to seriously question the propriety of yours truly’s decision to begin calling Obama the Punk President on Election Night in 2008?