Obama's Faulty Family History

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: May 27, 2008 1:22 PM
First, Obama was making up stories about his birth to strengthen his ties to the civil rights movement.  Now, it looks like he's revised some family history about his uncle to get closer to the Jewish community he's been having problems with.

Obama told a story about his WWII veteran uncle who allegedly liberated Auschwitz that doesn't appear to be true. He said this while campaigning in New Mexico on Memorial Day. 

According to Obama family lore the uncle spent months in the attic alone upon returning to the US. “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.”

The problem? Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army, not the American brigade.

This is at least the second family whopper Obama has told. (Unless of course, Obama's uncle was a member of the Red Army). If you recall, Obama's birthday family history didn't line up with real history, either. On a campaign trip to commemorate "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama Obama said his parents fell in love and conceived him as a result of “what happened in Selma.”  "There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge," he said. "So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don't tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama."

The problem? Bloody Sunday took place on March 7, 1965. Obama was born on August 4, 1961.