SELF-PARODY WATCH…. “Of Thee I Sing,” a children’s book written by President Obama, was released this week. It was written, apparently, before the president’s inauguration last year, and proceeds will go to a fund helping children of wounded and killed servicemen and women.

As a political matter, the book wouldn’t seem particularly controversial. The book is a letter from a father to his daughters, highlighting 13 legendary American figures, whose greatest qualities Obama sees in today’s youth. The point is to celebrate “the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come.”

Amidst the stories on George Washington, Jackie Robinson, and Georgia O’Keeffe, Obama also noted Sitting Bull, noting, “Sitting Bull was a Sioux medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises. It is fine that we are different, he said, ‘for peace, it is not necessary for eagles to be crows.’ Though he was put in prison, his spirit soared free on the plains, and his wisdom touched the generations.”

Fox News ran a report on the book yesterday. The headline read:

Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General

Seriously. That really was the headline on a report on the president’s children’s book.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.