Of all the “scandals” that have plagued Obama so far I think this is the most “Stewie Griffin head revolving” “You have got to be fucking kidding me” of them all, but it’s unreal how much
1- it’s caught fire in the anti-Obama neighborhoods of the blogosphere
2- how much retcon saidsame bloggers have done to reposition their outrage when the gaffe was explained
3- how much recreational outrage has been expressed by the same people who, if pro-Hillary, weren’t that bothered by the “Hold your fire it’s Sinbad!” sniper stories or, if pro-Bush, the fact he can’t prove he fulfilled his Military Appreciation requirements during Vietnam (though in fairness if somebody can’t remember whether or not he did cocaine how’s he supposed to remember whether he came to Montgomery, AL or not?)
It occurs that some may not know the story. It’s been referenced in a couple of other threads but doesn’t have it’s own yet.
At a Memorial Day speech in New Mexico this week, Obama said
He went on to say that this traumatized his uncle for a long time after he returned home.
Okay, it was pointed out, quite rightly, that this was impossible. Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army, not by American, and Obama’s known relatives are all American, Kenyan, or (half) Indonesian. It’s an error- so Obama is obviously a compulsive liar who hates America.
Or, made a mistake.
Obama’s “lie” caught fire. His, ahem, camp responded with, from him, “My bad… it was Buchenwald, not Auschwitz”. Then this was changed again- technically it was Ohrdruf, a subsidiary labor camp to Buchenwald- more proof Obama is an American hating Muslim (who I bet used to beg his family to “tell me the part about how Uncle found all the dead and dying Jews again! That story tickles me…”).
Okay, there are several possible explanations to the inconcistency. Among them:
1- Obama got this story from his family’s oral tradition and somewhere along the line Buchenwald was changed to Auschwitz in the retelling
2- Obama knew it was Buchenwald/Ohrdruf, but while giving a public speech changed this to Auschwitz since B/O is not as well known but Auschwitz is pretty much universally well known
3- Obama lied about the whole thing in order to boost his appeal with Jewish voters
4- Obama was so strung out on PCP and Horse that he didn’t know what he was saying
Okay, as said this catches fire on the blogosphere. One particular blogoloid seems to be the Meredith Baxter of the little Lifetime Original struggle to bring this to the attention of the masses- I don’t know the policy on linking to blogs so I’ll break the following link just in case
http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/2008/05/the_uncle_seems dot html
When Team Obama releases the “it was Buchenwald” story, other bloggers fan the flames with “OBAMA DOESN’T EVEN HAVE AN UNCLE! HIS MOM WAS AN ONLY CHILD AND HIS DAD WAS KENYAN AND THEY WERE TOO YOUNG TO FIGHT IN WW2!” and then, when it’s released with "It was a great-uncle", one person takes the trouble to go onto Ancestry.com (the genealogy website where census records are viewable), pull up the 1930 households of Obama’s maternal grandparents (who were both children at the time) to find the names of their brothers who’d have been of fighting age, and releases that this too is impossible, because there were no men of any of these names who liberated Buchenwald.
Okey-dokey, Team Obama, while not busy scouring the country side in search of Christian babies for their lord to roast while he’s in between ravishing blonde high school seniors who’ve gone “missing”, mentions “It was his grandmother’s brother Charles”. This causes a couple of folks to say “Nuh-uh! Cause there was no Charles Payne anywhere in the unit that liberated Buchenwald and that’s the Charles Payne who was in the 1930 Census!”
Somewhere along the line it comes out (it becomes blurry) that there was a Charles T. Payne who liberated Ohrdruf, the work camp subsidiary. There are actually anti Obama bloggers and posters who cyberscream “His uncles is Charles W. Payne! That’s what’s in the Census!”, seemingly oblivious to what millions of genealogists would gladly share, which is that Census records are notorious for misspellings and all other manner of (usually minor) errors (e.g. not at all unusual for a person to be 20 years old in 1910, 34 in 1920, and 42 in 1930, and with a different spelling for surname in each one).
The guy at the broken link above finally allows that
“OK, Occam’s Razor would indicate that Barack Obama has a maternal great uncle (i.e., his mother’s mother’s brother), named Charles Payne (middle initial unclear) who served with the 355th Infantry that liberated one of the camps in the Buchenwald complex” and that “[if we ignore] the fact that he calls his great uncle his uncle” the story’s substantively true. Except for Auschwitz- and here he (and several other- I’m not picking on him specifically but he seems to be a leader of this) gets onto his “but seriously folks” special episode of Blossom warm lighting soap box to sing “What Auschwitz Means to Me” dirge, stating that Obama using Auschwitz is a sick and twisted pull at emotions when it’s a place that is known for being hell on Earth, while (direct unedited quote)
Holy fucking coprophilic shit orgy with attendant gnomes and a dead parakeet… Buchenwald is just a little old slave labor camp. Like the ones you see everyday just about… actually, pretty family friendly even probably, and really not so bad if you used a little Feng Shuih and maybe did an accent wall.
He ignores the fact that Auschwitz was “merely a concentration camp” (the death camp was Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was separately contained, and if they can split hairs over uncle/great uncle distinctions and middle initials then I think that’s permissible to point out), and as mentioned I’m only using this dude as example: there are message boards that have hundreds of posts over this.
Must run, to be continued, Jerry Springer “Final Thought” coming at some point when I’m at liberty. Feel free to post meanwhile.