Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Obama admits he was wrong about 'Auschwitz' comment

He meant to say 'Buchenwald.'

Democrat Barack Obama admitted on Tuesday he was wrong to say his uncle helped liberate the Nazis' Auschwitz concentration camp after Republicans said Soviet troops freed the camp.

Obama's campaign said the candidate meant to say that his great-uncle, Charlie Payne, had helped liberate a part of the Buchenwald camp, not Auschwitz.

"Yesterday he mistakenly referred to Auschwitz instead of Buchenwald in telling of his personal experience of a soldier in his family who served heroically," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

Burton said in the statement that Obama's great uncle served in the 89th Infantry Division that entered Germany in 1945 and on April 4 overran Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Obama had made the Auschwitz reference in a Memorial Day speech on Monday.
Well, how about that?

He wasn't "tired." His statement wasn't "taken out of context." It wasn't the Republicans' fault for calling attention to the mistake. The media aren't picking on him because he's black, or tall, or has big ears.

He was just wrong.

How refreshing.

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