Posted by Curt on 27 May, 2008 at 10:26 am. 11 comments already!

As Mike reported in his post, Obama has stepped into another gaffe. This time about his uncle helping to liberate Auschwitz:

Obama also spoke about his uncle, who was part of the American brigade that helped to liberate Auschwitz. He said the family legend is that, upon returning from war, his uncle spent six months in an attic. “Now obviously, something had really affected him deeply, but at that time there just weren’t the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain,” Obama said. “That’s why this idea of making sure that every single veteran, when they are discharged, are screened for post-traumatic stress disorder and given the mental health services that they need – that’s why it’s so important


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Baldilocks in the Hot Air comments found that his great uncle and grandfather were in the service around that time so maybe he meant his great uncle PLUS a different camp since Auschwitz was not liberated by the US. But either way, its another gaffe to go along with whole smorgasbord of gaffes:

Lots of gaffes with little front page news on them. Hillary’s sniper story gets splashed everywhere. But not Obama’s gaffes. No way can the messiah be blasphemed in such a way. Jim Geraghty:

Dan Quayle gets defined by one foolish moment where his misspells “potato,” and George W. Bush is forever mocked as a dunce for his (admittedly classic) “Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”

If the MSM would either A) be more forgiving of Republican officials who they don’t like or B) be a little tougher on Democratic officials they do like, the world would be a better place. In this case, I don’t think Barack Obama is deliberately lying, or trying to pull a fast one. It sounds like a family “legend” in which the specific horrors of war witnessed by his uncle are mistaken as the years go by. It happens, and Obama only deserves the lightest of metaphorical slaps on the wrist for it. But it would help if his fans in the press actually paid attention to what he says.

Pay attention? Come on…they are too busy fawning over his every “charisma” to actual care what he says.

More here and here.

UPDATE

It was Buchenwald, not Auschwitz.

And the WaPo takes him to task…..about freakin time:

Granted, it is getting late in the campaign. The candidates are tired, and prone to making silly mistakes. Many Americans might have problems distinguishing Buchenwald and Ohrdruf from Auschwitz. But should we not expect more from a Harvard-educated presidential candidate? Is it too much to ask that an aspiring commander-in-chief knows (1) that Auschwitz (like many of the other Nazi death camps) is in Poland, and (2) that the eastern advance of the U.S. Army in World War II stopped on the river Elbe? Let me know what you think.

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