Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Imperfect Candidate

Barack Obama is not the perfect candidate. But he presented a vision early on which has been seized by a majority of onlookers that he is the perfect deliverer of a message. The message has taken hold of a majority of Democratic Party Primary voters that has placed Obama ahead in the popular vote (including whatever the final tallies of a few caucus states), ahead in committed delegates, and ahead in superdelegates.

When Barack Obama misstated the concentration camp which his great Uncle helped to liberate, the error was immediately twisted by the Republican National committee as something far more than it is.

the other two candidates should be saying Shame on You RNC. Obama's great Uncle served and served his country - the United States of America - well. Let it go.

Obama's mistaken mention of the camp on Monday quickly generated Internet chatter, ranging from puzzlement to outrage. The Republican Party demanded an explanation.

"It was Soviet troops that liberated Auschwitz, so unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, there's no way Obama's statement yesterday can be true," said Alex Conant, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

There's more to the quote in the ad, however, it's left out of the RNC homepage site.

Isn't that suspicious?

May 27, 2008, 5:57 pm
Obama Errs in Citing Auschwitz
Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race from Las Vegas, Nev.

Barack Obama’s dubious claim is inconsistent with world history and demands an explanation. It was Soviet troops that liberated Auschwitz, so unless his uncle was serving in the Red Army, there’s no way Obama’s statement yesterday can be true. Obama’s frequent exaggerations and outright distortions raise questions about his judgment and his readiness to lead as commander in chief,” said RNC Press Secretary Alex Conant.

Seriously, the RNC tagged Obamas misstatement an exaggeration and a distortion, and those, the RNC portrays are frequent which raises questions about Obama's judgment and raeadiness to lead as

commander in chief.

Can you believe the RNC's gall to equate a mistatement about a historical fact as reason one isn't readied to lead as commander in chief.

What about George W. Bush who on the morning of September 11, 2001 was told a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center before he entered a second grade classroom for a reading practice demonstration in Florida.

He's interrupted while listening to the childrean read and he's told we later learn:

a second plane struck the World Trade Center

America is under attack

Yet, President George Bush says nothing (as he's told to do from the back of the room moments later on a message on a large notecard displayed by one of his advisors. This according to Bill Sammon)

Bush continues allowing children to read while people in the World Trade Center towers are jumping out of windows to escape flames from a burning building.

Now Bush has been told America is under attack, yet he remains seated when in that instant of being told America is under attack he becomes in actuality Commander-in Chief.

Now if the RNC is using misstatements of historical events as a basis on which to judge someone's readiness to be Commander-in-Chief, they need look no further than John McCain's misstatements about Iraq, Iran, Shiite, Sunni and Hillary Clinton's misstatement about a trip to Bosnia where she claimed she and her daughter came under direct sniper fire.

If the RNC had any ethical standards, they'd immediately retract their remarks and pull the ad.

Net the Truth Online

Obama mistaken on name of Nazi death camp
By CHRISTOPHER WILLS, Associated Press Writer
Wed May 28, 2:07 AM ET

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Barack Obama campaign said Tuesday the candidate mistakenly referred to the wrong Nazi death camp when relating the story of a great-uncle who helped liberate the camps in World War II.

The Democratic presidential candidate said the story is accurate except that the camp was Buchenwald, not Auschwitz.

"Senator Obama's family is proud of the service of his grandfather and uncles in World War II — especially the fact that his great-uncle was a part of liberating one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald," campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. "Yesterday he mistakenly referred to Auschwitz instead of Buchenwald in telling of his personal experience of a soldier in his family who served heroically."

Aides said Tuesday that his grandmother's brother, Charlie Payne, helped liberate a Buchenwald sub-camp in April 1945 as part of the 89th Infantry Division.

In a meeting Monday with veterans, Obama discussed the importance of improving treatment for soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress. To illustrate his point, he talked about his own family...

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