On Memorial Day, Barack Obama gave a speech that contained this:
“I had a uncle who was one of the, who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps and the story in our family was is that when he came home, he just went up into the attic and he didn’t leave the house for six months. 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.”
Well, it turns out that the story wasn’t entirely accurate–Obama’s great uncle actually helped liberate Buchenwald. It was an innocent enough mistake, the kind of flaw that gets built into generations-old family stories and passed down from generation to generation.
Of course, that didn’t stop the Right-Wing Noise Machine from jumping all over this, pretending that a minor misstatement somehow means that Obama isn’t fit to be President. Come on–one of Barack Obama’s close family members liberated a Nazi concentration camp–what does it matter which family member liberated which Nazi death camp?
The Republicans are desperate–the dirt they’re throwing at Obama isn’t sticking, so they’re shopping around their new talking point: that Obama is gaffe-prone. Go to any of the major right-wing blogs and I guarantee you’ll find a post from the past few days that puts the words “Obama” and “gaffe” together in the same sentence.
Now, these are the same Republicans who have spent the last eight years backing a President who has made so many gaffes that you can buy calendars with a different Bush gaffe for each day of the year.
These are the same Republicans who just nominated John McCain, who freely admits he doesn’t know anything about economics (despite the fact that the economy is America’s #1 issue); who called his wife a ‘cunt’ in front of a group of reporters; who repeatedly confuses Sunnis and Shiites; who sang a song about bombing Iran. The Republicans just nominated that guy to be their Presidential candidate, yet they’re stupid enough to talk about other people’s gaffes?
Look, guys–if you want to criticize Obama’s policies or his ideas, go right ahead. But when you’re just shopping around your latest idiotic talking point, you might as well just save your breath.
UPDATE: John Cole has more. Cole’s blog, Balloon Juice, has been added to the blogroll.