Just when you worried that the wells of self-parody would one day go dry, Team Obama delivers. Now it is Obama In History, with little adendums to each Presidential biography (ex Ford) going back to Coolidge. You don't really want to be reading about, for example, Harry Truman when you could be reading about a truly important figure?
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.
And you might like Ike, but honestly...
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) after learning from a study that American youth were less fit than European youth. Today the Council is still going strong—with Olympians and professional athletes on board—working in conjunction with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiativeto help promote healthier lifestyles.
I was sort of expecting something pithier. Maybe:
As Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces Generl Eisenhower led Allied troops into battle against Nazi Germany. Later, Barack Obama led a team of concerned neighbors that removed a lot of the asbestos from Altgeld Gardens.
That is sort of off-topic. How about...
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) after learning from a study that American youth were less fit than European youth. Today, Barack Obama looks wicked buff in a bathing suit and has finally quit smoking, probably.
I may not really have found the spirit. Let's help with the Gerald Ford entry, or any other great achievements that help put Obama in a soft, flattering light (I have dibs on Mariano's 600th save...).
And what about the ladies? What sort of a war on women is the White House waging that none of the First Lady bios have been updated to reflect Michelle's many contributions to our health, happiness and hilarity? What kind of role modeling is this? How do Sasha and Malia sob themselves to sleep at ight knowing their mom is overlooked and underappreciated?
UNEXPECTED: I love the punchy, pithy Richard Nixon entry:
Richard Nixon vetoed the War Powers Act. Barack Oabma ignored it.
Oh, I wish. Well, I would love it if it were the entry...