White House disgrace

White House disgrace

May 21st, 2012 in Opinion Free Press

Until recently, you could go to the official website of the White House, whitehouse.gov, and find a brief biographical page on every American president.

And you still can.

But now there's a twist: The Obama administration has seen fit to add bragging points about Obama to the official biographies of almost all the presidents starting with Calvin Coolidge.

And so, for instance, a portion of the page on Coolidge now reads: "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 using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc."

Fast forward to Lyndon B. Johnson, and Obama repulsively co-opts the official Johnson biography to shill for ObamaCare. The hacks in the White House didn't even bother to proofread when they tacked on their talking points: "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.'"

The political games continue in the Obama administration's vandalizing of the page devoted to 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 Buffett Rule."

And, on the page for Bill Clinton, the administration boasts, "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."

There is, it seems, no place where the president is not perfectly willing to campaign and promote himself.

Writing in The Washington Examiner, Philip Klein noted: "Sure, a lot of the White House website is naturally going to be used to promote Obama, but there are some areas that should be considered neutral ground -- one of them being the history sections. White House presidential biographies are the type of thing that school kids read, and they should be able to do so without being bombarded by propaganda for whoever is in power."

Meanwhile, somebody might want to beef up security at Mount Rushmore before rogue sculptors from Washington show up to carve out a new face.