A presidential chameleon re-writes White House history: Obama and LBJ’s credibility gap.
Ahhhh, the remarkable life of Barack Obama.
As told by — Barack Obama.
Who can forget the moment when he first ate a dog? His startling confession that he had pushed a girl? Or his confession of how he would get through the day: “Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it…”
America’s first drug-abusing president. What a memory. One would think that dipping back some 50 years ago to Mitt Romney’s alleged and unproven behavior in …yes, high school…would now seem to be less than a stellar idea to Team Obama and their supporters in the media.
Now there is the artful admission of a “composite” girlfriend. A girlfriend who never actually existed but was written about anyway.
But perhaps nothing is as revealing of Obama World as the re-constituted official White House biographies of presidential predecessors — inserting the 44th president into the historical narrative of every president from 30th president Calvin Coolidge on forward, with the inexplicable exception of number 38, Gerald Ford.
There they were.
Barack Obama and Calvin Coolidge — compatriots in communication. Coolidge, you see, first established the Federal Radio Commission (now the FCC). While his pal Barack “became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.”
Who can forget the memorable duo that was Herbert Hoover and Barack and their work on behalf of the nation’s veterans? As the official White House biography of Hoover notes:
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 and provides a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life, and has directed his Administration to modernize the way health care is delivered and benefits are administered for our nation’s veterans.
Then there are those incomparable moments with Dwight D. Eisenhower and Michelle Obama. Ike, you see, “established the President’s Council on Youth Fitness on July 16, 1956” and “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 initiative to help promote healthier lifestyles.” One can only imagine the conversation between friends Michelle and Ike over Ike’s dietary problems resulting from his heart attack and stroke, not to mention Ike and Barack commiserating over their smoking habits. Ike was telling Barack about chain smoking up a storm planning D-Day and the invasion of Europe. Barack countered by explaining to Ike how his smoking helped him cope with the stress of community organizing.
And on and on this Obama stream of consciousness goes. His relationship with Jack and Lyndon, Harry and Franklin and even Dick Nixon — the latter having set up the President’s Export Council. Obama is so pleased that his friend Dick approves heartily of “President Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s exports by 2014’s end.”
Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?
Did you ever see Woody Allen’s 1983 film Zelig? The story of a man named Leonard Zelig who was known as the “human chameleon”?
Allen plays Zelig, a character who has what we might now call an uncannily Obama-esque ability — in Zelig’s case an ability to materialize a connection with just about anybody famous and unknown in the 1920s and 1930s. Through the wonders of Hollywood, there is Woody/Zelig in a photo with Obama’s buddies Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. There is Zelig as an Indian. In this clip from the film there is Zelig at the beginning being hailed in a New York ticker tape parade — identical to the one given Charles Lindbergh. A bit later in the clip there is Zelig in a Yankee uniform waiting to follow Babe Ruth — at bat.
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H/T to National Review Online