Obama Injects Himself Into Bios of Past Presidents on WH Website

As unbelievable as it may sound for the sheer arrogance and audacity of it all, President Obama has injected himself into the bios pages of all our past presidents on the official White House website. So, when you go to read about our past presidents you’ll also get a campaign blurb about The One, the Obammessiah, the Lightbringer. If this isn’t chutzpah, what is?

In his arrogance Obama has added a small section tooting his own horn into the bios of every president but Gerald Ford — likely because his web team just missed Ford’s entry, not because Ford is sacrosanct or anything.

For instance, here is what Obama had his webteam add to the White House bio of Ronald Reagan:

Did you know?

  • 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.

There are entries similar to this for every president.

Seth Mandel who posted early on Tuesday about this outrage joked that The One sees himself as equal or superior to every past president because he is carrying forward every accomplishment “since Coolidge.” He goes on to say, “No wonder he always seems so proud of himself.”

ABC’s Jake Tapper also skewers our swelled-headed president saying his additions are not “historical, but rather something else entirely.”

I’d suggest that “something else” is hubris.

Conservatives have had fun at the Messiah’s expense today, though. On Twitter the hashtag #ObamaHistory was started and jokes and ridicule of Obama abound. The RNC also got in the act and started a tumblr page with photos of famous historical figures with Obama amusingly added into the background in photobomb-style (where people that don’t belong in a photo are added in as a joke).

Still, having fun or no, imagine if a Republican president had been so arrogant as to have added his own name the the bios of every president? It would have been the left’s outrage du jour and the Old Media would have skewered such a president were he a Republican. You’d never hear the end of this on late night talk shows or from comedians, either. If a Republican had been this arrogant the whole Old Media landscape from California through flyover country all the way to New York would be lit up with vitriol.

Obama does it and there’s crickets.


Via email, Jim Geraghty of National Review tells me that in a recent private interview, Gov. Romney responded to this little example of Obamaarrogance. Here is what Mitt said about it…

I hadn’t seen the story, but I do know that when the president ran, he said that this election would be the turning point, that the oceans would recede, that the world would shift because of him being in office. There seem to be people around him, as well as himself, who have a very grand view of what he will accomplish . . . and we’re still waiting to see that. I think the American people have been disappointed. The promises were grandiose and extraordinary, and the deliverables have been disappointing at best. I think it is one thing to try to rewrite your own history — it’s something different altogether to rewrite that of all your predecessors. . . . I can commit: I will not be trying to rewrite the biographies of former presidents.

It’s pretty sad that we are in a day when a candidate has to run for office promising not to emulate the previous guy’s Stalin-like efforts to re-write history, isn’t it?

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  • emrengineer

    It’s Bush’s fault!

    I inherited this mess!

    Republicans did it too!

    My account was hacked!

    It’s part of the Republican’s War on Women, since there are no women Presidents!

    Damn,  Got to go back to KOS or DU for fresh excuses.  None of the standard ones seem to fit.

    Be back with the talking points shortly.

    • herddog505

      You might try the one about Lee Atwater and the Southern Strategy; it seems to get a lot of mileage on the left.

      And, of course, Dick Cheney and Halliburton (which apparently was whipped out by Letterman just last night).

  • Birchstreetalum

    Perhaps his next historical edit will be in reference to how he is carrying on the work of the false-prophet Uraliah.

    • UOG

       Don’t want or need to go there.

      Warner, maybe you should take the above post down.

      • warnertoddhuston

        I agree. I don’t support connecting Obama (or any president) to any allusions to the common fate of those presidents.

  • Guest

    It’s something of a tempest in a teapot, but I’ll agree it’s a little disturbing … if only because kids doing history reports and such are going to rely on the White House Web site to get their facts.  

    If President Obama wants to argue that he’s continuing Ronald Reagan’s legacy in some way, he’s free to make that argument in campaign literature or even in the White House Press Office’s page.  This is kind of creepy.

  • Guest

    In his arrogance Obama has added a small section tooting his own horn into the bios of every president but Gerald Ford — likely because his web team just missed Ford’s entry, not because Ford is sacrosanct or anything.

    I did a quick look-see.  Didn’t see him on Warren G. Harding’s page.

  • GarandFan

    There is no such thing as EXCESS when it comes to praising The Obamassiah!   He wasn’t in office a month and some of his acolytes  were murmuring about possibly seeking an end to presidential term limits.  Dig deep enough and you’ll probably find plans for an additional bust on Mount Rushmore.  Although adding a halo might be a problem.

  • Guest

    He wasn’t in office a month and some of his acolytes  were murmuring about possibly seeking an end to presidential term limits.

    Something I’d favor, actually.  I would think that if a president is unsuitable for a third term, people could simply decline to vote for him.  Even you right-wingers would have loved to have President Clinton around for another three or four terms.  You guys hated him … but you loved hating him … 

    • EricSteel

      Personally, I’m in favor of adding term limits to the House and Senate.  I don’t like the idea of politicians for life in either party. 

    • Brucehenry

      If there were no presidential term limits, Bill Clinton would be president today, and would be running for another term.

      A couple more thoughts: This is indeed creepy, and arrogant, and tacky. Wow.

      And I can’t resist characterizing the last couple of paragraphs of this piece as another edition of the Huston Report: News That Would Have Happened!

      • Bruce,

        Clinton would have lost to Reagan when the Gipper won his fourth term.

        • Guest

          Tex … 

          By the time of Reagan’s fourth election, we would have had something of a constitutional crisis.  Reagan would have run for his fourth term in 1992.  In real (as opposed to hypothetical) history, Reagan reported that doctors had diagnosed him with Alzheimer’s.  

          If he had remained in the presidency, I am fairly sure that Alzheimer’s symptoms would have become apparent by 1992.  Would his advisors have been willing to ease him out of the presidency per the 25th Amendment?  Or would they have tried to cover for him? 

          A lot of questions here, methinks.

  • Brucepall

    I’m sure the latest WH website update is all over our President’s trashing by the Senate – where his budget went down in flames earlier today by 99 to Zero… which previously went down in the People’s house 414 to Zero.

    This achievement has never been obtained by any President in the history of our country… and so, our President can claim he was the first to ever accomplish such a feat!  


  • 914

    The audacity of dope is strong with Barry .. He becomes more of a joke everyday.

  • Gmacr1

    A little HTML recoding and Presto! BS be gone with the SCOAMF soon to follow.

  • retired.military

    What.  no Grumpy.  he doesnt have anything to say to defend his hero.

    • Hank_M

       I don’t see how anyone can defend this.
      This is just so unbelievably classless.

      Might be a good time to start the “Save Mount Rushmore” movement.

    • Guest

      Obama didn’t chane the website. I doubt he even knows its been changed.

      You’re still running on WTH’s grade-school education in civics.If he was an adult he would have reported that someone in the Obama administration changed the website.

      But Todd hasn’t a clue about how government works or what the POTUS does, so he uses his experience in fast food french fry machine operations and assumes the “leader” makes all the decisions and tells everybody what to do — just like at the Burger King where he works.

      I read it, saw that it was written for the 4th grade level, and passed on it.

      Nothing to defend. Obama didn’t change the website.

      • 914

        “I read it, saw that it was written for the 4th grade level, and passed on it.”

        Translation: Leave my obamasiah alone! Bwawawawawawa

        • Jwb10001

          See here’s how it works if anything remotely bad happens in a republican presidency it is all the fault of that president, when a democrat president does one stupid thing after another it’s always someone else did it. Obama is NOT, repeat NOT responsible for the things that go on while he’s president.

        • Sky__Captain

          Grumpy recognized the 4th grade reading level because he could actually read it.
          Anything higher is beyond his comprehension.

      • Sky__Captain

         “If that’s the prism with which you view Barack Obama that doesn’t suprise anyone, so why bother sharing it.

        Honest, we really could care less.”

        Grumpy on May 8, 2012.

        Yup, still fits.

  • 914

     “The One sees himself as equal or superior to every past president”

    I notice ‘The Won’ doesn’t brag about trouncing Jimmah Carter as worst President ever.. 

  • GarandFan

    Rumor has it that Barry’s acolytes are having him painted into the picture of Washington crossing the Delaware.   Something to the affect that “Without Obama’s directions, Washington would not have known which way to row.”

  • 914

    Next up for Barry… Carving his craven image onto Plymouth Rock!!

    • Sky__Captain

       I think Plymouth rock may be too small for the gay halo supplied by Newsweak.

  • herddog505

    Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams are considered the principle authors of the Declaration of Indepence.  Barack Obama is the author of two best-selling books.

    Theodore Roosevelt served as a volunteer cavalry officer in the famous ‘Rough Riders’ in the Spanish-American War.  Barack Obama directed the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    James Madison barely escaped from Washington ahead of advancing British troops during the War of 1812.  Barack Obama routinely escapes from Washington on golf outing and lavish vacations.

    And let’s not forget Moochelle:

    First Lady Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy was widely admired for her personal charm and appearance as well as her skills as a hostess for official White House functions.  First Lady Michelle Obama is widely regarded not only as a fashion trend-setter but also as a jet-setting world traveler and tireless advocate for telling people what to eat.

    • Teddy Roosevelt used what he called the “Bully Pulpit.”

      Barack Obama is a bully, and sat in front of Rev. Wright’s pulpit for 20 years.