A Kiss is Just a Kiss [Updated]
a lie is just a lie
By streiff Posted in 2008 | Obamafiles — Comments (25) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
What is the difference between a gaffe and full-bore-in-your-face lie? I'd submit "at least six years."
We've grown used to the utterly pathological disregard for the truth of the Clintons. All of them. From her story of being named for Sir Edmund Hillary to her purported attempt to join the Marines to her using Sinbad and Chelsea as human shields to protect herself from sniper fire in Tuzla we've all come to expect Hillary -- and Bill -- to lie to us. Not for any particular reason. They are professionals. They lie just to stay in practice.
Now we're seeing the same behavior on the part of Barack Obama.
At first, his claim to have misspoken about the Feats of Arms of his great uncle liberating Auschwitz. It was an easy enough mistake to make. One death camp is pretty much like another, I guess. And it was in one of them foreign countries. I mean who can really tell one group of foreigners from another?
So if we accept, out of curiosity and naiveté, that someone in his family was involved in the liberation of some part of some death camp how do we explain that the person has stopped being his grandfather and now is his great uncle?
Is any part of this story true?
The notorious right wing site TalkLeft reports:
In West Virginia a few weeks ago, Obama said his grandfather enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, which was December, 1941. [Charleston Gazette (West Virginia) April 8, 2008, Tuesday, available on Lexis.com]
"My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain.
Here is the WWII Kansas Veterans Index. His grandfather, Stanley A. Dunham, enlisted in the Army on June 18 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.
I'd also point out that Treblinka was never "liberated."