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  • Morning Bell: President Me

    Reflecting on his two terms in office, President George W. Bush said in 2010, “You realize you’re not it. You’re a part of something bigger than yourself.”

    This is a sentiment President Barack Obama did not inherit from his predecessor. Over the past month we have witnessed several displays of arrogant power emanating from our White House, emphasizing fealty to a person over the integrity of an American institution. Some are more serious than others.

    First, this week it was discovered that White House staff had edited the biographies of many past presidents on whitehouse.gov to include a bullet point or two inserting President Obama into each historical narrative.

    For example, while President Calvin Coolidge had been the first president to make a public radio address, President Obama is on LinkedIn; and while Social Security was introduced by President Roosevelt, under President Obama it still exists. But in a far more egregious example, they incorrectly added to President Ronald Reagan’s biography:

    “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 the same with the Buffett Rule.”

    This is not only a complete fabrication of what President Reagan said (even The Washington Post‘s ‘fact checker’ gave this familiar line two Pinocchios) but it is also a glaring example of the President putting himself ahead of the sacred institution he is sworn to protect for the nation as well as his predecessors and successors.

    Heritage Distinguished Fellow Ed Meese who served as President Reagan’s Attorney General said: “They should not use the biographies of past presidents as campaign vehicles. What they have done is to spoil the integrity of the historical narrative. At the very least, the Reagan biography should be restored to the accurate version provided by the White House Historical Association. I’m sure those associated with other past presidents would feel the same.”

    This is not the first time the Obama White House has engaged in this behavior. In March 2009, they were caught editing President Bush’s biography to soften his listed accomplishments. They quickly reversed course. In the Bush Administration, biographies were directly supplied by the White House Historical Association without addendums or qualifiers.

    Former White House Internet Director David Almacy explained to The Heritage Foundation that under Bush, this editing practice would have been unthinkable, saying: “It was our intent to preserve the history of the White House as an institution as well as those who served as president from a non-partisan historical perspective.” Almacy added: “It was ingrained in Bush Administration staffers from day one that our time in service to our nation was a privilege and that we must separate political promotion from the institution as a whole.”

    Affirming that culture, President Bush told a group of departing staffers in 2009: “Laura and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for serving with us. I’ve had two great chiefs of staff, Andy and Josh. Their task was to assemble, and I would say this objectively, the finest group of people to serve our country, all of whom are here not to serve me, not to serve Republicans, but to serve the United States of America.”

    This bipartisan approach evades the current White House. On April 20, President Obama’s campaign team released a Nixonian enemies list of Republican donors on their “Truth Team” website. This wasn’t about transparency, but intimidation. After each donor name, the Obama team highlighted why they felt the person was “less than reputable.” Essentially the person had either succeeded in a business field that was counter to the President’s worldview (i.e. oil production) or they made business decisions like outsourcing.

    Prominent donors are often thrust into the spotlight in political campaigns, but this example was extraordinary and unprecedented. The writing was on the wall: If you give to an opposing cause, we will unleash a grassroots effort to destroy your personal reputation. This message delivered on behalf of the most powerful man in the nation has real implications. If the IRS were to audit one of these individuals, how could they not wonder if their political contribution was the root cause?

    Following up on the story, the Wall Street Journal‘s Kimberly Strassel found that a week after this list was released, a political opposition researcher was found to be digging through divorce records of one of the men named. The target, Frank VanderSloot, told Strassel: “When I first learned that President Obama’s campaign had singled me out on his ‘enemies list,’ I knew it was like taping a target on my back…[but] the public beatings and false accusations that followed are no deterrent. These tactics will not work in America.”

    Between the biographical trickery and their enemies list, President Obama’s team has engaged in tactics that put their boss above his predecessors and dangerously above his opponents. This is indeed a culture that emanates from the top.

    Just last week President Obama told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an interview: “When I think about — those soldiers or airmen or marines or — sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf…” My behalf.

    Then there was also the consistent use of the pronoun “I” to describe the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. And the time, President Obama told 60 Minutes that he was our fourth greatest president ever, saying: “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history.”

    Finally, President Obama insinuated yesterday that if you don’t support his policies, it’s not due to philosophical differences, but because of his name. Answering a question on The View about tight polls, he said: “When your name is Barack Obama, it’s always going to be tight. Barack Hussein Obama.”

    Any person selected to the highest office in the land is bound to indulge a small degree of narcissism. But when it permeates the entire attitude and culture of the executive branch, it begins to become a problem. No president is larger than the presidency.

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    64 Responses to Morning Bell: President Me

    1. Green Ann says:

      Yeah, he thinks he is the American dream president — they should spend time enforcing illegal immigration rules including his own relatives, trying to convince congress to listen to him (but who can blame them not) and getting people back to work. So sick of this man and his personal agendas.

    2. Norm says:

      When are the American people going to wake up to who the real Obama is. This guy is a slap in the face to all of those who fought an gave their lives for freedom an a better America

    3. okiejim says:

      Surely even the great unwashed can see through the latest aggrandizement attempts of this administration..On the other hand, who even goes to whitehouse.gov for anything?

    4. Lloyd Scallan says:

      "Over the past month? Is that a joke or the words of someone who just came out of a comma? This narcissists has been at this game for years now, even before his was elected through fraud and a fawning, despicable media. This is exacty what he is! A liar, deceiver, and a person that has no moral values. He has and will continue to use anyone or anything to get get his socialist agenda passed the American people. Yet, despite what he is, their are still those voters that will support him because of the color of his skin (about 98% of black voters just because his is "half black", and those that share his ideology.

      • Joseph J. Baum says:

        You are totally correct Mr. Scallan. This president is the epitome of amorality. He knows no boundaries, and there is nothing that he will not do to advance himself. When these eggregious narcisitic behaviors are pointed out to his supporters, they shrug their shoulders and close their minds. It is almost as if they are sticking fingers in their ears and going "la, la, la, la". As has been pointed out before, the real tragedy of this situation is the sycophantic media, the institutions of higher learning, and the brain dead voters. That a cipher, a cretin, an evil poseur such as obama could be elected to the Presidency of the United States of America is clear indication that we are sliding toward oblivion.

    5. Curt Krehbiel says:

      "Any person selected to the highest office in the land is bound to indulge a small degree of narcissism. But when it permeates the entire attitude and culture of the executive branch, it begins to become a problem. No president is larger than the presidency."

      To the contrary, term limits notwithstanding, our narcissistic president views his reign to be as durable and lasting as his ego.

    6. Vicki Albers says:

      Obama knows no lows!

    7. brian conway says:

      You know, the guy, considered any way humanly possible, is simply a disgrace! He is totally removed from the American way, conscience, traditions or legality. He has no understanding of how things work in a democratic republic, nor of seperation of powers. He must be stopped. His goal is the destruction or the reduction of our country to a third world like mediocre existence.

    8. P.D. Higgs says:

      President Calvin Coolidge said, "It is a great advantage to a President, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man."

    9. Cecelia P. says:

      Can anyone say "Kim Jong II"?

    10. stephen says:

      Revisionist history, say it ain't so! This has got to be a first.

    11. David Wells says:

      Well done, Mr. Cooper! We know this to be true because we have been experiencing this piece by piece, day by day since we have heard of this guy! It's not only all too often; all too much; but all too depressing at the thought of having to experience more of it! Thanks for putting some science to my experience!

    12. Larry Ray says:

      White House history rewriting.
      Really?

    13. Todd says:

      Nothing is bigger than this president – just ask him, he will tell you just how great he is. Why do people still support him?

    14. To quote from the end of this article… "Any person selected to the highest office in the land is bound to indulge a small degree of narcissism. But when it permeates the entire attitude and culture of the executive branch, it begins to become a problem." Wake up people. This guy is bad news.

    15. toledofan says:

      I just hope that the hair on the back of everyones elses necks stands up when they hear about stuff like 'president me', and that in November they vote this guy out by a landslide. What we've seen happen, hopefully it'll be the last time, that a politcal party puts together such an anti-American agenda and susrvives. The Democrats need to be really held to task for what they have allowed to happen.

    16. cmp001 says:

      Any person selected to the highest office in the land is bound to indulge a small degree of narcissism. But when it permeates the entire attitude and culture of the executive branch, it begins to become a problem. No president is larger than the presidency. <~~ I totally agree with this statement.

    17. Steve Wilson says:

      We knew he was a narcissistic ideological blowhard when he was given the POTUS.

    18. rayr says:

      "No president is larger than the presidency." If anyone thinks for a minute that this man doesn't think that he is LARGER than the presidency is either blind or just completely foolish.

    19. jOE says:

      WHERE IS THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP???? SILENT AS USUAL FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS.

      • Denise says:

        My thoughts, exactly. Do we need a "Bush" review? However, I agree no President is greater than Presidency and should have been absolutely no rewriting of any history. Every President should desire to maintain his integrity before God and those he serves.

    20. Jeanne Stotler says:

      When he first started to run in 2007, I listened to him and noticed right away his narsitic, egotistic attitude, then I started to hear about his past, which has a huge gap in it. I am primarily a Republican BUT I do listen to all candidates before I vote. How anyone, with a grain of sense, could have voted for a man who hid his past and lied from day one, I don't know. This is a man I do not trust and bears watching, we are in danger of his executive orders ruining what is left of our Republic. And Yes this is a Republic, just say the Pledge of Allegiange, it says'And for the Republic for which it stands".

    21. Clearhead says:

      A method of more than just 'considerable' conservational energy savings is suggested by American citizens:
      Remove, by force if necessary, all first person pronouns from mr. obama's teleprompterized rhetoric. This will (1) reduce his speechwriter's work time by approximately 75%, (2) provide much more air time for MEANINGFUL broadcast, such as 'commercials', and (3) perhaps capture enough of citizens' interest that we won't fall asleep from sheer boredom, since the length of his 'speeches' will be less than 4 minutes.

    22. TightWadDad says:

      Obama is on the Road to self-destruction and he will blame that on Bush also.

    23. Ben C. says:

      Wait a minute – I thought we lived in The USA, not Panem. Is Obama's new last name Snow?

    24. sue says:

      This man is so horrifying, that the only thing that comes to my mind is that there is much power, wealth and corruption backing him.If we have Obama for another 4 years we are going to be a third world country. It is so scary that if I didn't have faith that in the end things will turn out right, although we may have to sacrifice our blood to regain our freedom, I would crumble. Our ancestors escaped to this land for freedom and we have no place to go but to fight this blatant attempt to control and change everything that is right about this country. We need to be a light to the world, but we are facing an evil darkness that is trying to overcome us.

      • sue says:

        I do have some thoughts to share about Bush and would like some feedback. I was very much in favor of Bush due to his uniting us after the 9/11 attack. Later I saw a very informative you-tube about the Skull and Bones Society to which he and his father and Rush Limbaugh belong as active members. The purpose of the society is to prolong crises in order to gain power and wealth. There were many details, one of which is that these active members often promote themselves as Conservatives when they really aren't. I am just bringing that up to hear other's opinions. The man interviewed was the most knowledgeable man about this Yale Society. Quite a few Presidents have been members of that group.

    25. …and by successor I assume you mean predecessor…

    26. Gill O’Teen says:

      In Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting depicting George Washington’s crossing the Delaware, the Patriot seated backwards just in front of the General has a darker skin color than the boat’s other passengers. Might he be one of o’bama’s ancestor’s? http://fineartamerica.com/featured/2-washington-c

    27. Sarasota John says:

      Nothing this President and Administration should be a surprise to anyone. For this President didn't hide his associations, or his views on this country and its Constitution long before he became President. It's all out there all anyone had to do was Google him. But the white guilt about blacks coupled with the masses wanting something for nothing got him elected. Look at history and you will see parallels of Socialist/Marxist ways and look where it got them in the long run. America's best days are behind her and the future looks dark for all unless we quit being stupid and take responsibility for our actions, the cost will be high, but the cost will be yet higher for doing nothing.

    28. Leith N Wood says:

      " Top down, bottom up, inside out." Their way or the highway. Put them on the highway out of Washington in November.

    29. Chris says:

      L'etat, c'est moi!

    30. F.D O'Toole says:

      Just last week President Obama told ABC News' Robin Roberts in an interview: "When I think about — those soldiers or airmen or marines or — sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf…" My behalf.

      Who knew that the troops in Afghanistan were not fighting for their country but rather, fighting for Obama's policies and personhood?

    31. Chrles Stinson says:

      Quote: Laura and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for serving with us. I've had two great chiefs of staff, Andy and Josh. Their task was to assemble, and I would say this objectively, the finest group of people to serve our country, all of whom are here not to serve me, not to serve Republicans, but to serve the United States of America. This is a policy that our present Muslim dictator President should follow and we all would be far better off. Especially future generations. If he is re-elected,there is no question, we will be rated as a third world country. God forbid. Wake up America, we all cannot live off the taxpayer.

    32. Roy Mars says:

      The title of this article says it all.

    33. Tom says:

      The Obama Administration is a sick joke that has been played on The American people.

    34. This article truly shows the disgusting lengths to which this narcissistic president will try to hold onto power.

    35. eyeswideopen6 says:

      It takes a small small person to try to ride on other peoples achievements to try to make themselves important. He never takes the blame for anything, it always someone elses fault. Guess what he is important, he is the GREATEST MISTAKE America could ever had made!! Thank you sheepeople!! We shall all unfortunately remember this mistake for a long time. I pray that we get him out and all of his minions with him in September.

    36. John Grimes says:

      Extreme narcissism… 4th in line to Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln, really? Try 44th or so.. and don't discount Washington and Reagan @ the top of that list.

    37. chopper says:

      in a word…………………………Disgusting.

    38. William Isaacson says:

      Is this the first time something like this has happened, or have previous administrations given highlights and discussion of the impact today? It is appauling. I just wonder if this is a first.

    39. My mother was 98 years old when Obama was running for office and was elected President. Her first comment about Obama and almost every day after that until she died at 100 years and three months was,
      "If I can see what he is why can't everybody else"

      • denise says:

        Really? My uncle was a teacher for nearly 40 years and when he passed he said, "This is a great day for America."

    40. John Terry says:

      To be fair, soldiers fight on my behalf too. They are servants of everyone in this country, especially the commander in chief.

    41. Our current president and his administration are so arrogant! Leave history alone and leave the writing of it to the expert historians!

    42. Don Lewis says:

      In the second paragraph, first sentence, of this story we read, "This is a sentiment President Barack Obama did not inherit from his successor."
      No one inherits from their "successor", only from their predecessor!

    43. Mary S says:

      President for Life, right?

    44. allosaur says:

      Boss Obama and his gang are a real PATHETIC piece of work.

    45. Mike says:

      His arrogance almost passes description! May God have mercy on this country before Obama and his cronies destroy it!

    46. Roger S. says:

      I, I, I, me, me, me, my, my, my.

      Followed with thin-skinned petulance when criticized ?
      Then the raised pointy while lecturing us in a loud voice and arrogant tone on HIS understanding of the Constitution? Enemies lists? Illegal appointments? The threat of Congressional bypass by executive order if his wishes be not fulfilled? The hiring of incompetent hacks to fill key positions? Assisting in cover ups? Hiding key parts of his own past which might shed light on who this man really is, how he thinks (or doesn't), what his likeliest future actions could be ? Colluding with our enemies (Medvedev) ?

      This is worse than Narzissism, much worse. At best, it is the behavior of a spoiled brat, maybe even a spoiled brat caught with his hands in the cookie jar once too often. At worst, it is the quintessence of malfeasance in office. Given this record added to his lack of accomplishments, it is a mystery to me why not calls for impeachment abound. Why Not? Oh, I forgot: we would be stuck with Joe Biden! Called racist? — So be it. So what. BHO needs to be a one-termer! However great our past "sins", as a nation we deserve better, much better!

      • Denise Oliver says:

        While I was reading that first paragraph I thought you were referring to Bush. Pardon me. Former President Bush

    47. City Kitty says:

      Excellent analysis, thank you so much!

    48. Bradley Fox says:

      Please read…and check out the bios mentioned here (just follow the links).

    49. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Reagan NEVER did this!

    50. Glen says:

      Reading this made me sad. It also made me angry. It made me sad because of the injustice of it all. Targeting donors of the opposition, rewriting bios of former Presidents, making himself to be so important, and his dishonesty. It made me angry knowing he was never vetted by the MSM. Had he been vetted properly he would certainly have been denied the nomination, of that I am certain.

    51. Richard Carey says:

      The is reaching at its finest. Do people really contribute to the HF for you to do "this?" Keep up the "good" work.

    52. ImNoDhimmi says:

      Narcissistic Personality Disorder was removed from the classification reference of psychiatric illnesses, the DSM, in 2010.
      Coincidence? I don't think so.

    53. Stirling says:

      His Argogance knows no bounds.. It's a "progressive" trait to want to re-write history to show yourself as something your not. Unfortunately it really shows the desperation, and lack of scruples to inject yourself into others business and reputation.

    54. Tepid says:

      Fact: Rather than discuss policies, some blogs like this one prefer to focus on their disdain of Obama, basically because "he is not one of ours".

    55. LifeLetterj says:

      He certainly nows how to wield his personal power. For example, pro-life groups such as the American Life League, vocal critics of Planned Parenthood, are suddenly facing IRS audits. That's what you get for ciriticizing Obama's favorite "heathcare" organization.

    56. thgirbla says:

      THIS is NOT News, THIS has been going on for the past 3+ years !!!
      Waste and Abuse of Taxpayers $$$'s is something that The LIAR in Chief and HIS Family think they are entitled to !!!
      Three things I have that The LIAR in Chief will NEVER get from ME……………………..MY Respect, MY Vote and MY Campaign Contribution !!!
      "NEVER !!!"

    57. ERSmith says:

      At this point, this is beyond arrogance into something for which we need a new word.

    58. mike says:

      @ orlando, egos are the same?… you need your head examined. osama's ego is far beyond that of any president EVER. you say that the line of scrimmage has not moved because of legislators… maybe it hasn't moved because the Repubs are holding off the Dems from pushing our country over the financial cliff… open your eyes and you might be able to see that. thats called the bigger picture. it may look like nothing happening but it is something happening… you just have to see it.

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