Barack Obama won in 2008 because of the financial meltdown, the war in Iraq, the opportunity to make a statement about racial equality, and his personality.
Four years later, the only thing going for him might be his personality, but reports of Obama ego unbound are hurting him. Some current blowback: One of Obama's aides, perhaps obeying instructions, inserted mentions of the boss into official White House bios of former presidents. Here are a few of the examples pulled together by Investor's Business Daily:
- "On Feb. 22, 1924, Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. … President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls."
- "President Herbert Hoover signed the bill founding the Department of Veterans Affairs July 21, 1930. President Obama is committed to making sure that the VA, the second-largest cabinet department, serves the needs of all veterans. …"
- 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."
- "President Truman wrote that government has 'an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.' … 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."
We also learn that John F. Kennedy began the Peace Corps, but "President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation," and that "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."
Etc., etc., regarding 20th century presidents. Meanwhile, President Obama seems intent on showing that he's brighter than his 19th century predecessors, yet even The Washington Post called him out with a headline, "Obama's whopper about Rutherford B. Hayes and the telephone." (Obama asserted that Hayes-backward-looking Republican-thought phones useless, but Hayes tried out one in 1877 and called it "wonderful.")
One result of this hate crime against Hayes is an internet meme showing a photo of Hayes with the words, "Wouldn't insert himself into Obama's biography." Others have come up with "In 1877 telephones were the future and windmills were the past," or "Balanced four annual budgets. Didn't borrow a trillion per year."
Many more are at Quickmeme. One is sharp but oversimplified: "His election was close because Democrats didn't let blacks vote." Another is sharp and personally pointed: "Rode a horse in battle swinging a sharp sword and dodging musket balls. Obama: Can't ride a bike on a quiet Sunday afternoon without mom jeans and a safety helmet."
And the beating goes on.