When a new president takes the oath of office, he gets to change things up from his predecessor. He gets to pick his own cabinet members and other advisors, he redecorates the Oval Office and his family’s living quarters, and in modern times, he gets to redesign the White House website to suit his tastes.
Part of this President’s website redesign apparently included Obama inserting himself into the biography of every president since Calvin Coolidge (except Gerald Ford, for some reason). At the end of each section on a particular president in the last 100ish years, there’s now a “Did You Know” section relating some achievement of that predecessor to the current president.
Here’s an example:
In 2002, President George W. Bush’s State of the Union was the first to be live broadcast on the Internet. In 2011 and 2012, President Obama’s State of the Union speeches were available in an enhanced live stream version.
(This featured infographics, charts and data side-by-side in real time with the President’s speech.)
Right. Because why mention the war on terror and how President Obama continued President’s Bush’s pursuit of Osama bin Laden to the very end? The Internet is what’s important!
Because conservatives on Twitter love to poke fun of Obama’s shortcomings, the hashtag game #ObamaInHistory was born. Here are some of the best:
@politicalmath: Albert Einstein discovered relativity. But it was Obama who discovered it's political applications. #ObamaInHistory
@BethanyShondark On August 21, 1959 Hawaii became a state of the union so Obama would be eligible to be President. #ObamaInHistory
@DinaFraioli In 1985, Barack Obama finds himself transported back to November 5, 1955 without the plutonium needed for the return trip!! #ObamaInHistory
@LachlanMarkay Prometheus brought fire down from the mountaintop. Obama capped its carbon emissions. #ObamaInHistory
@JonahNRO General Eisenhower invaded Europe. Historians rank this as almost as audacious as Pres. Obama's Bin Laden raid. #ObamaInHistory
@ExJon #ObamaInHistory Abe Lincoln lived in the wilderness, eating locusts & honey. He cried, "make straight the path for the coming of The One!"
@bradcundiff George Washington cut down the cherry tree but Obama was there to catch it. #ObamaInHistory
Seriously, Mr. President … we get that your presidency is historic and all … but it’s the not the culmination of everyone else’s accomplishments. Please check your ego at the door.
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