July 22, 2024

Hankering for History

Hanker: To have a strong, often restless desire, in this case for–you guessed it–history!

Obama on the Moon #ObamainHistory

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Obama Rewriting History

I came across an informational article today on USA Today, by Richard Wolf. This article, which is definitely worth checking out, shows that President Obama’s staff has edited the biographies of former presidents on the Whitehouse.gov website, dating back as early Calvin Coolidge, to include Obama in their history.

On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).   President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.

The picture that correlates with this article is of President Barack Obama, on the moon with Neil Armstrong, as part of the original moon landing. Just so there is no real confusion of what actually happened on July 21st, 1969, I will cover the basics of the first man on the moon.

Obama Rewriting History

On July 16th, 1969, The United States of America–currently under the direction of Richard Nixon, well before Barack Obama’s time–launched Apollo 11. As many worked tirelessly to accomplish this great feat for America, the two most notable and worthy of recognition are Neil Armstrong and  Buzz Aldrin. With Armstrong piloting the aircraft and Aldrin monitoring altitudes, velocity data, and complex computer systems, they safely landed the small, lunar module Eagle on the moon. With only about twenty-five seconds of fuel left, they successfully landed the spacecraft on the moon on July 20th.  On July 20th, at 10:39 pm EDT, Armstrong opened the hatch granting him access to this new–untouched by man–surface. Seventeen minutes later, Armstrong was placing his feet on the surface of the moon. With these words from Armstrong, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”, the rest is all history.

As the picture of Obama is quite humorous, the addition of Obama’s names in the biographies on these former presidents seems to be in bad taste. As written materials slowly disappear and all history is recorded on digital media, I fully expect to see history re-written.

12 thoughts on “Obama on the Moon #ObamainHistory

  1. After reading your blog, I went to the WH history of Calvin Coolidge. You have twisted the truth somewhat by saying the WH included Obama in the history. I hope your readers will go to the site and see that at the end, completely separate from the history, there is an FYI about the FCC. There is NO photo of Obama on the moon as you imply. We don’t need “historians” who twist the truth to fit their political views.

    1. Forgive me if there was any confusion as to what I was alluding to. 1) You cannot disagree with the statements that I made. I stated that the biographies of the former United States Presidents had been edited to add Obama. There can be no argument that at some recent point, the pre-existing biographies on the WH website were altered to add facts (whether FYIs or not) regarding our current president. 2) My sentence was as follows: “The picture that correlates with this article is of President Barack Obama, on the moon with Neil Armstrong, as part of the original moon landing.” If you go to the article that I mentioned earlier, not the WH website (which was just a source from the article), you will clearly see that the picture does indeed exists. 3) My political views have nothing to do with the underlying message. My concern, as a “historian”, is that with the continuous advancement in technology, paper will become less frequent in use, and all history will be recorded on websites that are easily manipulatable.

      1. No point in arguing – or pointing out facts – to things like myrahmcilvain. They’re incapable of understanding anything beyond keeping the “First Black President” in office for another term – no matter what harm it does to the nation.

        It useless to explain history to that sort of creature. To them history is just another tool to use to further their aims and they’re more than willing to rape it for their purposes.

      2. “Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” _Michelle Obama 12-16-09

        He is changing our history as fast as he can rewrite it, just like she said. People just didn’t really believe her anymore than they believed what he said. They both told us that they were going to essentially destroy the republic, in multiple speeches and clips. Halfway there.

  2. Thanks for the like on my blog and hope to see you again. I don’t want to think about what myrahmcilvain would say about my blog.

  3. Thanks for reading my history blog, and I enjoyed this piece. I just commented on the White House bio flap in a newsletter I edit. But a historical note on this post–the moon landing and the walk both took place on 7/20/69, using eastern standard time. NASA has a timeline that has the walk early on the 21st, but that’s using Greenwich Mean Time, which of course is four/five hours ahead, depending on the time of year.

    1. That makes sense since, to the best of my knowlege, NASA has always used UTC and GMT is normally quite close to that.

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