Being president of the United States must fill a person with a certain level of confidence. Winning reelection despite miserable economic conditions could only add to that level. But has there ever been a president in the history of this country as arrogant as Barack Obama? Not only does he never miss an opportunity to inject his image into historical events, but now he's even adding himself to historical descriptions of other presidents.
Back in August, I wrote on the passing of the first man to step foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. As a "tribute" to Armstrong, Obama posted a picture of himself gazing up at the moon. When the focus should have been on Armstrong's family and friends and a nation who was appreciative of his accomplishments, Obama made it about himself.
Fast forward to last week, which marked the 57th anniversary of Rosa Parks' daring stand against discrimination when she refused to give up her seat on a bus. How does Barack Obama honor such an event? Again... with a picture of himself on the Rosa Parks bus. No one else is in the picture. What our president is saying, and what he's made clear from his actions too, is that it's all about him. Yes, he's the president, but give me a break!
But that's not all. On the White House web site there is a collection of presidential biographies, and those have now been altered to include comments about Barack Obama. As reported at examiner.com, "the White House administration is under fire for adding 'Did you know?' footnotes to the end of the official presidential biographies going all the way back to Calvin Coolidge in an effort to promote Obama's policies."
The additions were first noticed by Rory Cooper, Communications Director at The Heritage Foundation, while searching for information about Calvin Coolidge. He unexpectedly stumbled upon an unusual footnote comparing Coolidge's first public radio address to Obama's use of social media technology.
As Rory Cooper noted on Twitter, Obama's White House is taking nonpartisan pages and turning them into petty promotions. Here are just a few examples:
* Franklin D. Roosevelt -- On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.
* Richard M. Nixon -- In 1973, Richard Nixon created The President's Export Council, which was expanded and reconstituted under President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Today the PEC continues to work towards reaching President Obama's goal of doubling the nation's exports by 2014's end.
And yes, even Ronald Reagan's biography ends up with a pitch for Obama:
* Ronald Reagan -- 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.
Of course, as Philip Klein notes in the Washington Examiner, the Reagan speech was taken completely out of context in order to support the left wing agenda of taxing the rich even more.
To start, Reagan was talking about simplifying the tax code, whereas Obama's Buffett Rule would add another layer of complexity. Reagan was arguing for allowing people to keep more of their own money and reduce the burden of government. By contrast, Obama is arguing for instituting the Buffett Rule so that more money is available to pay for government programs.
It's simply arrogance run amok. Obama is right, and everyone else is wrong. That's why when Obama talks about "putting politics aside" and "doing what's best for the country," what he really means is "it's my way or the highway."