Obama's intro to his Memorial Day speech in New Mexico:
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.
They've fallen - but they've gotten back up! Well, he was in New Mexico...
For most Americans, Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation's war dead. However, the Obama team has re-imagined the holiday, as made clear in this comment responding to an attack from John McCain:
Obama's camp declined to hit back, with spokesman Bill Burton saying "Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation's veterans, not a day for political posturing."
Well, sure, in the sense that every day is a good day to honor our nation's veterans and active-duty soldiers and no day is a good day for political posturing. That said, it hardly seems fair to ask Obama's team the purpose of Veteran's Day.
I DEPLORE THIS POSTURING: Memorial Day is the day that Obama's good buddy Bill Ayers does not stomp on American flags? And Veteran's Day is the day Americans gather to stage burnings of commemorative draft cards? Things will change under President Barack.
BACK IN REALITY: Not surprisingly, Obama's "I see fallen heroes" gaffe was an ad-lib; Fox has his prepared remarks. What's interesting is that we have seen that Obama is a very ordinary impromptu speaker who normally does a great job delivering prepared remarks; now he has gotten fluff-mouth even with a teleprompter. Yikes!
JUST SAY 'UNCLE': At Ace of Spades HQ the Purple Avenger points out that, in his follow-up Q&A, Obama made up more history. From a CBS News account:
Obama also spoke about his uncle, who was part of the American brigade that helped to liberate Auschwitz.
Referring to an uncle who had been one of the first U.S. troops into Auschwitz, the concentration camp, Obama said: "The story in the family is he came home and just went up in the attic."
As the Purple one notes, Auschwitz is in Poland and was liberated by the Russians. And an alert commenter at CBS wonders, what uncle? Obama's mom was an only child and his dad was Kenyan. My guess - Obama was referring to one of his mother's uncles; presumably his grandfather and grandmother had brothers of service age during WWII. And presumably the uncle in question was involved in the liberation of some other prison camp.
So waddya expect - Obama is supposed to fact-check his grampa's ass? Still, it would be nice if our nation's crack journalists had a whiff of a clue that something was awry with this anecdote. [The WaPo Fact-Checker gets the tape of Obama's comment and awards Three Pinocchios.]
THE HEALING POWER OF LAUGHTER: I am warming to the notion of an Obama Ascendancy - he looks good to provide a laugh a minute, which may well repair my broken soul.
AND SPEAKING OF JUST MAKING STUFF UP: Shorter Matt Yglesias: Obama's foreign policy is really just an ongoing attempt to rationalize whatever extemporaneous toad hopped out of Barack's mouth this week. And that's a good thing!