American Elephants


How to Secure Your Place in History: Just Shoehorn it In. by The Elephant's Child

The White House maintains official biographies of the presidents at the White House website. The website not only has the president’s speeches and remarks, but his daily schedule, the latest pictures of the president, his executive orders, passed bills, a White House tour, and some history of the presidency, and much more. Many of Obama’s voters were young enough that they had little memory of events before Obama’s arrival in office. Seth Mandel reported at Contentions:

The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on http://www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle  of Reagan’s tax reform with his advocacy of “the Buffet 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). Here are s few examples:

  • 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 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.”
  • 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.

Team Obama keeps clumsily doing things that are remarkably ripe for mockery, and conservative bloggers are happily willing to oblige.

There are lots more, and it proves that conservatives can respond promptly. The website is here. Even when times are bad, Americans can always respond with a good laugh.


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Wow. Deserving of mockery is right! But why stop at Coolidge? He could also add something to Lincoln’s about also being thin and from Illinois.

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