Filed under: Election 2012, Foreign Policy, National Security, Politics, Progressivism, The United States | Tags: All About Obama, Campaign Politics, Narcissist-in-Chief
Back in May, it was discovered that white House staff had edited the biographies of past presidents on the White House website to include a bullet point or two to insert President Obama into each historical essay.
Examples cited are when President Calvin Coolidge had been the first president to make a public radio address, President Obama is on Linkedin. While President Roosevelt introduced Social Security, under President Obama, it still exists. They managed to add incorrectly to President Ronald Reagan’s biographical sketch :
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.
This is an embarrassing example of Obama failing to recognize the nature of the presidency. It’s not a self-aggrandizing role, but a protective and preservative one. Caring for the institution, and the predecessors and successors.
Now he’s apparently at it again. Heritage’s Jim Roberts who, when he worked at the State Department, wrote the “Background Notes,” which were analytical, objective histories of other countries, that help readers to understand the country and its relation to the United States, and are more comprehensive than the CIA “Factbook.” Now State is abandoning the “Background Notes” and replacing them with “Fact Sheets” which seem to be brag sheets, treating countries more favorably when Obama agrees with their government, and celebrating Obama’s relationship with the country.
Mr. Roberts describes the 4,100 word” Background Note” on Brazil written during the Bush administration, as full of facts and figures helpful in analyzing the country. No U.S. president is mentioned, and U.S.-Brazil relations only take up about 300 words.
Fully 70 percent of the “Brazil Fact Sheet” discusses President Obama either directly by name or in the context of the many programs the Administration h as launched with Brazil, including a shared “commitment to combat discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender status, to advance gender equality, a bilateral instrument that targets racism, support for HIV/AIDS prevention, promotion of clean energy technologies in Brazil, and mitigation of climate change.”
The “Background Notes” covered every country in the world and have long been a service to the American public. Now they seem to be campaign documents for the Obama administration. Under the Obama administration, the budget of the State Department has increased from $38.7 billion to $50.2 billion and thousands have been added to the payroll.
Filed under: Economy, Education, Election 2008, Energy, Environment, Foreign Policy, Health Care, Iraq, Terrorism | Tags: 2008 Election, Backgrounder, Campaign Politics
Most websites that include politics have last minute advice, but it is noticeable. Everybody’s exhausted. Too many polls, too many ads, too many mailers, too much spin, too many lies and too much emotion.
Voting is far too serious a matter to be done on the basis of emotion. This is not a popularity contest, or it shouldn’t be. There is a lot of trouble on the horizon, and we are electing people to deal with it as our representatives. To be our servants. They are going to work for us. Have you considered their applications carefully? Have you studied their resumés and looked for the real meaning behind the carefully chosen words?
Here is the best Election ’08 Backgrounder I have seen, from Investors Business Daily. A checklist, if you will, of things you should consider before you go to the polls. And there are links to further information if you want it. I hope this helps.