The comments and emails have been coming in. They all want to know what did I make of Obama's statement that his "uncle" [great uncle] helped liberate Auschwitz.
The fact is that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviets.
This is typical family lore where one camp is substituted for another. Had Obama thought about it he probably would have known the story has a historical mistake.
Turns out he meant Ohrdruf, one of the Buchenwald sub-camps. [He apologized for his mistake.]
The RNC has pounced. You can almost hear it licking its chops. It should save its energy. This is a matter of historical ignorance not anything diabolical.
Fact is that most Jews -- including those who are strongly identified -- would get it wrong. Witness the number of people who fell -- and continue to fall -- for the apples over the fence story. [Which I hear is being made into a movie.... fiction I hope.] That is a far more dangerous distortion.
I would say to them, before you beat up on Obama, make sure all the stories you tell are true.