As reported at Contentions, Obama has edited the biographies of every one of his predecessors (except Gerald Ford) since Silent Cal Coolidge. These bios are those served up at the official White House website.
The editing adds Obama’s name and alleged accomplishments to what ought to be the stand-alone bios of our past presidents. Here’s the entry for Harry “Give-em-Hell” Truman:
In a 1946 letter to the National Urban League, President Truman wrote that the government has “an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected.” He 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. (emphasis added)
Reasonable people may disagree about whether Obama’s “accomplishments” are actual accomplishments. But why add them to what ought to be stand-alone biographies of past presidents? At best it diminishes Obama, who suffers by comparison with most past presidents. At worst it reveals an ego beyond measure.
Obama’s accomplishments, those that survive constitutional muster and those that might actually have some benefit, should stand on their own.
With Obama, it’s always and forever all about him. The one word that comes to mind? Creepy.