ABC’s Jake Tapper on Auschwitz and Buchenwald

I like Jake’s blog. I like Jake’s coverage, but his blog is, well, a real blog. He actually writes what he thinks. His take on the “which camp did Obama’s uncle liberate” flap is moving and well put.

No matter where you stand, I guess I just don’t particularly care to see Concentration Camp survivors on the same page as cartoon Pinnochios, as whoever does graphics for the Washington Post’s great fact-checker Michael Dobbs has done HERE.

And do we really need the headline “Where In the World Is Auschwitz?” This isn’t a joke.

I am certainly part of the media world that pounces on politicians when they screw-up. As such, I’m often guilty as charged when it comes to not seeing the forest for the trees. In this instance, the forest is the deliberate extermination of 12 million people. And the sacrifices of the brave Americans who risked and gave their lives to save those people victimized by Nazi barbarism. Not to mention our fighting men and women through the generations who have had to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a conversation about which prompted Obama to mention his great uncle.

Obama deserved to be called out for his mistake. But it’s also worth noting that despite all the talk about Obama’s problems with the Jewish community, he’s never mentioned before that his great uncle helped liberate a concentration camp until it came up in North Las Vegas in a conversation about PTSD.

I hadn’t thought of that. It’s an excellent point. Obama refused to use his family history to help himself. He only brought it up when he wanted to help others.


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