If you???ve been hearing rumors that Barack Obama ???honored??? Neil Armstrong???s passing with a photo of himself looking up at the Moon, it???s absolutely true. Here???s the image, from the official Obama for America Tumblr site:
This is accompanied by a short statement from the President: ???Neil???s spirit of discovery lives on in all the men and women who have devoted their lives to exploring the unknown – including those who are ensuring that we reach higher and go further in space. That legacy will endure – sparked by a man who taught us the enormous power of one small step.???
???Those who are ensuring that we reach higher and go further into space???? That most certainly is not you, champ. The space program died under Obama, and his chosen path ensures America will never again be able to afford one. (To be fair, we won???t be able to afford anything other than entitlement spending and interest on the national debt in a little over 10 years, unless we change course away from Obama???s policies.) Or was this line of Obama???s statement meant as a salute to the Russians and Chinese, the new leaders in space exploration?
Blogger SooperMexican did some digging, and found the photo of Obama gazing heroically into space isn???t even new ??? it???s a stock photo from April.
This is just plain bizarre. If a Republican president (or his excessively worshipful staff) used a photo of himself to commemorate the passing of an American hero like Armstrong, the media would be interviewing psychologists to discuss his personality disorders. A picture of Obama shaking hands with Armstrong, if such exists, would have been acceptable; a photo of just Neil Armstrong, and perhaps the other men from his historic mission, would have been better.
Hopefully Obama will have the restraint not to write himself into Neil Armstrong???s biography, the way he???s been inserted into the bios of previous Presidents on the White House website. By the way, those ugly blobs of political graffiti are back at WhiteHouse.gov. They were briefly removed when they became controversial, but they weren???t gone for long. As of right now, almost every presidential biography from Calvin Coolidge forward includes a ???Did you know???? insert that scribbles Barack Obama into their life stories, including this howler for Ronald Reagan: ???In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.???