Barack Obama has been accused of “vandalizing” the presidential biographies posted on the official White House website by injecting his own personal agenda into the details of what past leaders accomplished.
On the page with Ronald Reagan’s biography, for example, it states: “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.”
Then Obama has added, “Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.”
“This is a truly disgraceful behavior,” wrote Examiner Senior Editorial Writer Philip Klein.
“Put aside the fact that what Reagan was proposing in 1985 had nothing to do with the Buffett Rule. Obama should not vandalize his predecessors’ biographies to promote his own agenda,” he wrote.
“Obviously, as president, Obama can use the tools of the White House to advance his goals. But at the same time, all presidents are to some extent guardians of the institution,” he continued. “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.
“I’m sure that during the Social Security debate in 2005, if President Bush had updated the biographical page to say that he was trying to preserve FDR’s original vision for Social Security, liberals would have been up in arms.”
Seth Mandel at Commentary Magazine has assembled a list of some of the citations added by Obama:
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.
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.
President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed (sic) into law in 1965 – providing millions of elderly health care 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.”
Wrote Mandel, “The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted the Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s biography on http://www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Regan’s tax reform advocacy with his ‘Buffett Rule’ gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking.
“But he wasn’t…”…………………….
- President Asshat Inserts Himself In White House Bios Of Past Presidents (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- ‘Who Controls The Past’… (thecampofthesaints.org)
- Reagan’s party no more (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- Michael Reagan: Obama Exploiting Dad’s Legacy For Political Gain (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Obama White House Politicizes Mothers Day for Obamacare Push (canadafreepress.com)
- Obama: Maybe We Could Call it the “Reagan Rule” (whitehousedossier.com)
- Presidents Reagan and Obama team up to support Buffett Rule (dailykos.com)
- Ronald Reagan supported the ‘Buffett Rule’ in his day (dailykos.com)
- Obama Re-Branding “Buffett Rule”: Call it the “Reagan Rule” Now (inquisitr.com)
- The Buffett Rule (aka The Reagan Rule) (whitehouse.gov)