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Guest Column

White House website gone wild

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We'll never know what Ronald Reagan would have done with WhiteHouse.gov, the official website of the White House.

But I know my father wouldn't be abusing it the way Barack Obama is.

WhiteHouse.gov is owned and operated by the federal government, but the incumbent gets to run it and design it to his own political tastes.

Like nearly anything the federal government touches, the White House website is a decent idea gone bad.

It should be a handy place where the average over-taxed citizen or liberal newsman can find the latest news and information about the outrageous doings of the current president and his administration. But it's become just another political tool -- a permanent campaign ad for the incumbent.

You know how newly elected mayors rush out and get their names painted on all the city benches and trashcans? WhiteHouse.gov is the same principle on a federal level, done virtually.

The Obama regime's WhiteHouse.gov contains all the basic stuff -- the president's schedule, recent photo ops, proclamations, executive orders, his latest appearance on "The View," plus his detailed positions on dozens of domestic and international issues.

Give it credit. The site is a slick, partisan and effective propaganda weapon. President Obama's name and photo are plastered on every page.

And it's riddled with Obama-aggrandizing whoppers like "The President overcame furious lobbying by big banks to pass the most far-reaching reform of Wall Street in history, which will prevent the excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis...."

Though it's all politics and spin, WhiteHouse.gov is impressively comprehensive. The only thing missing, besides the transcripts of what the president whispers to his donors on Wall Street, is his list of favorite golf courses. It must be somewhere. Maybe under "Lavish Vacations."

But let's get serious. Presidents have had their own White House websites to puff themselves up since 1994. But under the stewardship of the Narcissist in Chief, WhiteHouse.gov has reached a new low.

It has stooped to misrepresenting history to make it look like some previous presidents, including Ronald Reagan, would support President Obama's big-government ideas or policies.

On the website, under "The White House" menu, are brief, non-partisan biographies of every president. Tagged on to the end of almost every bio since Coolidge is a little feature called "Did you know?"

For instance, the tag for FDR reads, "Did you know? On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations."

Fair enough, considering Obama's new New Deal policies.

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