Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cheney Liberated Auschwitz?

From James Taranto:

By now you've heard about this slip-up from Barack Obama:

"I had an uncle who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps. The story in our family was that when he came home, he just went up into the attic and he didn't leave the house for six months," Obama said.
Obama's campaign later issued a statement saying it was his great-uncle, not his uncle, who participated in liberating the Buchanwald concentration camp, not the Auschwitz death camp. The latter was liberated by the Soviet army.

But what caught our attention was the bit about the attic. Compare to this CNN report from November:

"Obama: Cheney is 'a crazy uncle in the attic"

Obama was referencing the recent revelation by the Vice President's wife, Lynne Cheney, that he [Obama] and the Vice President are distantly related.

"For the first time in a long time, the name George Bush will not appear on the ballot," he told the crowd of about 500 people at Converse College in Spartanburg.

"The name Dick Cheney, my cousin, will not appear on the ballot," Obama said. "We had been trying to hide that cousin thing for a long time. Everybody's got a black sheep in the family. A crazy uncle in the attic."

And where was Barack Obama when crazy old Dick Cheney was liberating Auschwitz? Let's just say he had other priorities. - Source: Wall Street Journal

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