- Posted May 16, 2012 by
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Obama Continuation of Past Presidents' Achievements?
In a bit of website tweaking and "editorializing", the White House has been editing the biographies of the Presidents to include comments linking President Barack Obama with past presidents' achievements. The add-ins to the biographies depicts Obama as being a continuation of those past presidents with links back to pages that are about the President, his policies and programs.
But not everyone is happy about the "updates" to those biographies.
The White House has found a new way to cite President Obama's actions on issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to energy, trade, taxes, veterans and civil rights -- by linking from the biographies of former presidents on the White House web site.
Click on almost any president since Calvin Coolidge, scroll to the bottom of his official bio, and you'll find one or two references to something Obama has done to carry on that president's achievements.
The additions -- first noted in a tweet from the conservative Heritage Foundation, then picked up by the neoconservative magazine Commentary and given broader attention by ABC's Jake Tapper -- already have spurred a reaction from the Republican National Committee.
On its Tumblr account, the RNC has pictured Obama in "world-changing events you didn't know Obama played a part in." Here you can see Obama landing in the New World with Christopher Columbus, attending Napolean's coronation, guest-lecturing with Albert Einstein and hanging out with Elvis and the Beatles.
White House officials point out that the official biographies are not altered in any way. The links after them take readers to other places on the White House web site via "Did you know?" tabs.
Is this blatant politicizing of what should be an apolitical, non-partisan portion of the official government website?
Is this another case of mixing official government buisness with the campaign to re-elect the President?
From the Cornfield, it would seem to me the appropriate place to show any tie-ins with past presidents and those presidents' accomplishments, policies or programs should be included on the biography page of the President, but not as links and comments on the other presidents' biographies.