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.
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.