Grapevine: Presidential name-dropping?

Obama info being linked to predecessor bios on W.H. website


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Family History

Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's self-proclaimed Native American ancestry is in question tonight.

The Boston Globe issued a correction today saying neither the paper nor a prominent genealogical society has seen the 1894 marriage license that is purported to list Warren's great-great-great grandmother as a Cherokee.

Warren claims she is 1/32 Native American.

The question of her ancestry has been an issue in her campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Brown.

Warren has acknowledged listing herself as a minority in some instances in the past while other times declining to identify herself as anything other than white.

Politico reports tonight of a 1997 Fordham Law Review piece describing Warren as Harvard Law School's first woman of color.

It's not clear whose description that is, the author's or a Harvard Law news director interviewed for the piece.

Warren's campaign says the story is old and she is proud of her Native American heritage.


Critics are saying President Obama is shoehorning himself into the limelight by adding an Obama administration shout-out underneath most of the presidential biographies going back to Calvin Coolidge on the WhiteHouse.gov website.

With the exception of Gerald Ford, a "did you know?" section appears underneath each bio. It touts an accomplishment or factoid from the current Obama administration.

For example, underneath Ronald Reagan's bio, you find -- quote -- "In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code...Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule."

The hashtag "Obama in history" made its way around Twitter today.

And National Review joked -- quote -- "In the 12th Century B.C., Moses the Lawgiver delivered the Ten Commandments to the Israelites.

President Obama the Lawgiver has added significantly to them."

A White House official tells Fox, it is a common practice to add links at the bottom of each page to encourage people to browse more pages on the site.


Finally, a fifth grade teacher at a Georgia elementary school has apologized to parents for forcing students to sign a pledge prior to getting their yearbooks, vowing not to scribble, draw pictures, or use unfamiliar acronyms when signing them.

The Atlanta Journal constitution pointed out the irony considering the fifth graders class T-shirts say see you later spelled in text shorthand.