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Obama annotates all the past president’s bios on white house website to include him.
No, we’re not kidding.
On Monday, aides to President Obama added blurbs to the end of the presidential biographies on the White House website, augmenting the work of historians Michael Beschloss and Hugh Sidey with references to the current president that are something less than scholarship.
The president’s opponents used the additions to tweak the president’s famously healthy ego, sparking top ten lists and the Republican National Committee’s “Obama In History” tumblr account, which depicts the president as part of other historical events, such as the moon landing and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
But White House sources say the additions of items with hyperlinks are a commonly used Internet best practice to encourage people to browse more pages on a site.
The additions take the form of little nuggets added to the end of the bios. For instance, after the biography of President Reagan it now reads:
“Did you know?
“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.”
Moe Lane adds an interesting tidbit:
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).
I’m going to guess that the Ford exception is because the most significant thing that happened during Ford’s administration is that the Democrats stabbed South Vietnam in the back and left it to the Commies, then promptly tried to forget that Vietnam ever existed (except as an opportunity to create a new victim class). You can imagine that the administration probably would not want to bring that up…