Narcissist In Chief or History Repurposed

So, the story has been going around the past couple of days about the White House website “updating” the biographies of most of the presidents of the past 100 years.  In a cynical attempt to remain relevant to future generations as something other than the “OMG we never thought anyone could be worse than Jimmy Carter” president, we find edits such as these:

Calvin Coolidge:  “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.”

Herbert Hoover:  “President Herbert Hoover signed the bill founding the Department of Veterans Affairs July 21, 1930. President Obama is committed to making sure that the VA, the second-largest cabinet department, serves the needs of all veterans and provides a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life, and has directed his Administration to modernize the way health care is delivered and benefits are administered for our nation’s veterans. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: “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.

Harry S. Truman: “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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: “President Dwight Eisenhower established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness on July 16, 1956 (now known as The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports) after learning from a study that American youth were less fit than European youth. Today the Council is still going strong—with Olympians and professional athletes on board—working in conjunction with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiativeto help promote healthier lifestyles.

John F. Kennedy: “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.

Lyndon B. Johnson: “President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed into law in 1965—providing millions of elderly healthcare 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.

Richard M. Nixon: “In 1973, Richard Nixon created The President’s Export Council, which was expanded and reconstituted under President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Today the PEC continues to work towards reaching President Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s exports by 2014’s end.

Jimmy Carter: “In 1977, President Jimmy Carter created the Department of Energy; today the DOE works with the Obama Administration to drive towards innovation in energy and reducing reliance on foreign oil with an “all of the above” approach.

 Ronald Reagan:  “President Reagan designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday; today the Obama Administration honors this tradition, with the First and Second Families participating in service projects on this day.”

Ronald Reagan:  “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 Buffet Rule.

George H.W. Bush: “President Barack Obama awarded George H.W. Bush the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his commitment to service and ability to inspire volunteerism throughout the country, encouraging citizens to be “a thousand points of light.” The administration continues to promote service and civic engagement, honoring heroes of local communities as “Champions of Change” and fostering civic participation.

Bill Clinton: “Continuing his work as a lifelong public service, Clinton created the Clinton Foundation in 2001 to improve global health, education, economies and environments. Affectionately calling him “Do-Gooder-in-Chief”, President Obama has worked with Clinton to make buildings in our country more efficient—announcing a $4 billion investment in energy efficiency upgrades for commercial buildings.

George W. Bush: “In 2002, President George W. Bush’s State of the Union was the first to be live broadcast on the Internet. In 2011 and 2012, President Obama’s State of the Union speeches were available in an enhanced live stream version that featured infographics, charts and data side-by-side in real time with the President’s speech.

Isn’t it wonderful that the taxpayers are getting extra value from their hard-earned salaries (those that have jobs anyway) now the White House website has become their one-stop history / campaign commercial portal.

These aren’t the only instances where we have found Obama’s impact on historical figures.  You should also check out the other crucial moments in history that have recently been “discovered” to have been influenced by President Obama.  Like this one…

Also, the Washington Examiner has posted their Top 10: Obama in History jokes on Twitter .  #Obamainhistory is trending now…

10. @bradcundiff George Washington cut down the cherry tree but Obama was there to catch it. #ObamaInHistory

9. @TheRealPebo: Hubert Schlafly invented the teleprompter in 1950 specifically designed to make Obama sound intelligent #ObamaInHistory

8. @politicalmath: Albert Einstein discovered relativity. But it was Obama who discovered it’s political applications. #ObamaInHistory

7. @CuffyMeh: In 1803, Jefferson bought the Louisiana Purchase for $233 million in today’s dollars, which Obama spent while you read this. #ObamaInHistory

6. @JonahNRO General Eisenhower invaded Europe. Historians rank this as almost as audacious as Pres. Obama’s Bin Laden raid. #ObamaInHistory

5. @benshapiro: President Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War. President Obama ended the War on Terror. #obamainhistory

4. @LeviathanLeap: Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity so that Obama could create the Chevy Volt. #ObamaInHistory #tcot #dnc

3. @politicalmath Martin Van Buren was the first president born in the USA. Obama was also born in the USA. #ObamaInHistory

2. @DavidHogberg: #ObamainHistory Reagan said, “Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Obama showed up next day with a sledgehammer.

1. @bethanyshondark: On August 21, 1959 Hawaii became a state of the union so Obama would be eligible to be President. #ObamaInHistory

I guess we don’t know that much about history, do we?  After all, none of us realized that Obama was the 4th Greatest President in U.S. History until he told us so.

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