Abuse of Power: Obama editing State Department documents to tout self

Scary, and familiar.  Forget history, forget the limits of the office, forget the constitution, forget truth; it is all about him—a trait shared by the dictators of the world.

Choice excerpts from the Heritage Foundation article:

Morning Bell: Obama Edits Official State Department Documents to Tout Himself

Inserting himself into the biographies of past presidentson the White House website apparently wasn’t enough for President Obama. His State Department is now editing its descriptions of foreign countries into yet another taxpayer-subsidized campaign commercial for the Obama Administration.

The State Department has recently ended its long-running series of Background Notes, which were analytical, objective histories of other countries. In their place, new “Fact Sheets” now tout Obama’s policies and actions toward each nation. No more historical context, no recounting of complex and long-standing issues in the country. Just cut to the chase—that is, the time when the current Administration came to power.

Since President Obama took office, the budget of the State Department has increased from $38.7 billion to $50.2 billion, and thousands have been added to the payroll. Finding that these taxpayer-funded resources are being used to eliminate neutral publications that were highly useful to researchers—only to replace them with lopsided “facts” akin to a campaign commercial—is something the American people deserve to know.

This follows an Administration trend that goes back to 2009. In March of that year, the Administration was caught editing President George W. Bush’s biography to soften his listed accomplishments, and it quickly reversed course. Just a few months ago, it was discovered that White House staff had edited the biographies of many past presidents on whitehouse.gov to include a bullet point or two inserting President Obama into each historical narrative. These remain on the site, including a fabrication they inserted about President Ronald Reagan’s tax policy to make it seem similar to Obama’s.

American officeholders are supposed to take great pains to separate their campaigns from their official duties. Using taxpayer resources to blatantly promote the president’s positions on foreign policy—and even editing the historical record—is an egregious abuse of power.

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2 thoughts on “Abuse of Power: Obama editing State Department documents to tout self”

  1. Reminds me of a certain dying “lider” who had all the Cuban textbooks re-written so that Cuban history started with the revolution in ’59.
    Before that “some things happened.”

    Turns my stomach! Comunistas de mierda.

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