by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
One wouldn’t think that the president of the United States would feel an urge to engage in name-dropping. But as Seth Mandel writes on Commentary magazine’s “Contentions” blog, Barack Obama appears to enjoy associations with his predecessors in the Oval Office — including presidents who’ve been dead for decades and those with whom the 44th president would disagree on almost every major issue.
The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagan’s official biography on www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Reagan’s tax reform advocacy with his “Buffett Rule” gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasn’t—it turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to the biographical sketches of every single U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (except, for some reason, Gerald Ford). Here are a few examples:
Follow the link to see examples of President Obama’s links to LBJ, FDR, and Ronald Reagan.