I need to start this off with a confession: Sometimes I feel guilty about mocking Obama’s narcissism. It’s not like he can help it. It’s just who he is. It’s helped him attain the second-highest office in the free world, but it’s also a curse he can’t escape. Should I really keep making fun of him for it? Shouldn’t I give him a break already?
Then I see a story like this and all my doubts are swept away. Seth Mandel at Commentary writes:
The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Reagan’s tax reform advocacy with his “Buffett Rule” gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasn’t—it turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to the biographical sketches of every single U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (except, for some reason, Gerald Ford).
Yep. This is a real thing that they really did. Here are just a few examples from the presidential biographies at WhiteHouse.gov (emphasis mine). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even the guy who calls Obama an “amateur” was just one of his opening acts:
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.
All of American history was just prologue. How can any future president ever live up to Obama’s example?
So now, of course, #ObamaInHistory is trending on Twitter. Here’s some of the fun, courtesy of Twitchy:
On August 21, 1959 Hawaii became a state of the union so Obama would be eligible to be President. #ObamaInHistory
— Bethany Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 15, 2012
General Eisenhower invaded Europe. Historians rank this as almost as audacious as Pres. Obama’s Bin Laden raid. #ObamaInHistory
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) May 15, 2012
Prometheus brought fire down from the mountaintop. Obama capped its carbon emissions. #ObamaInHistory
— Lachlan Markay (@LachlanMarkay) May 15, 2012
#Obamainhistory Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can’t tell the difference
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 15, 2012
On February 22, 1732, George Washington was born. This moment in American history wasn’t eclipsed for another 229 years. #ObamaInHistory
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) May 15, 2012
In 1803, Jefferson bought the Louisiana Purchase for $233 million in today’s dollars, which Obama spent while you read this. #ObamaInHistory
— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) May 15, 2012
Reagan joked “If it moves tax it…. If it stops moving, subsidize it.” President Obama has governed by those words. #ObamaInHistory
— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) May 15, 2012
1959: His warnings about the dire economic implications of a new invention, the ATM, go unheeded. #ObamainHistory
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 15, 2012
Bill Clinton was the most self-centered, narcissistic commander in Chief in history … until President Obama was elected. #ObamaInHistory
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) May 15, 2012
31st century BC: Writing invented in Sumeria. 20th century AD: Written language perfected with Obama’s autobiographies #Obamainhistory
— ExurbanKevin (@ExurbanKevin) May 15, 2012
Join the fun! #ObamaInHistory
Have I mentioned that I’m looking forward to the next six months?