Obama Piggybacks on Accomplishments of 13 Former U.S. Presidents

By Matt Cover | May 15, 2012 | 11:04am EDT

Current and former presidents gather at the White House in January 2009. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama has written himself into the biographies of 13 former U.S. presidents on the White House website, linking himself to the achievements of his predecessors, including Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Reagan.

The Obama blurbs, which appear at the bottom of each president’s biography, mention a policy enacted by that president, linking it to something the Obama administration is doing today.

For example, former President Ronald Reagan’s biography mentions the Buffet Rule tax increase plugged by President Obama.

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 something similar with the so-called Buffett Rule.

The "Obama" addition to former President Lyndon Johnson’s biography links Johnson’s Medicare law to ObamaCare.

Just as President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama two years ago, "strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing," and expands eligibility for discount prescription drugs.

The Obama additions to other presidents' biographies begin with former President Calvin Coolidge and continue through former President George W. Bush, excluding only former President Gerald Ford. Apparently Obama has nothing in common with Ford.

The other additions include:

-- On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Obama is mentioned as the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.

-- President Herbert Hoover signed the bill founding the Department of Veterans Affairs on July 21, 1930. The blurb about President Obama at the bottom of Hoover's bio notes that Obama is committed to making sure that the VA serves the needs of all veterans and provides a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life. It says he has directed his administration to modernize the way health care is delivered and benefits are administered to veterans. And it mentions that First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have launched a support program for U.S. servicemembers and their families called Joining Forces.

-- On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. "Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations," the Obama blurb says.

-- President Harry Truman 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," the Obama factoid says.

-- President Dwight Eisenhower established the President's Council on Youth Fitness on July 16, 1956 (now known as The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports). The Obama blurb says the Council "is still going strong...working in conjunction with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to help promote healthier lifestyles."

-- The Peace Corps, created in 1961 during the presidency of John F. Kennedy, reached its 50-year milestone on President Obama's watch: "In 2011, President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation."

-- 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."

-- President Jimmy Carter created the Department of Energy in 1977. "Today the DOE works with the Obama Administration to drive towards innovation in energy and reducing reliance on foreign oil with an 'all of the above' approach."

-- President Barack Obama awarded George H.W. Bush the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his commitment to service and ability to inspire volunteerism throughout the country, encouraging citizens to be “a thousand points of light.” The Obama administration "continues to promote service and civic engagement, honoring heroes of local communities as 'Champions of Change' and fostering civic participation."

-- President Bill Clinton created the Clinton Foundation in 2001 to improve global health, education, economies and environments. "Affectionately calling him 'Do-Gooder-in-Chief,' President Obama has worked with Clinton to make buildings in our country more efficient—announcing a $4 billion investment in energy efficiency upgrades for commercial buildings."

-- In 2002, President George W. Bush’s State of the Union was the first to be live broadcast on the Internet. In 2011 and 2012, President Obama’s State of the Union speeches were available in a live-stream version that featured infographics, charts and data side-by-side in real time with the president’s speech.

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