One of the right-wing blogosphere’s Obama critics makes a heroic attempt to gin up a mountain out of that mole hill. The back story is that Obama made a speech wherein he was discussing the importance of improving treatment for veterans. To illustrate the point, Obama mentioned a family member who was part of the military operation that liberated a concentration camp. After he returned home, the family stories went, that family member was so traumatized he just stayed in the attic for 6 months.
Unbelievably the Republicans are trying to make hay out of this Holocaust story. For some not quite clear reason, they think it is significant that Obama referred to his “great uncle” as his “uncle;” or that it is important that Obama got the details of a family story wrong in that his great uncle was actually part of the liberation of Buchenwald rather than Auschwitz.
Grasping at straws to assign some sort of significance to Buchenwald versus Auschwitz can lead to some jaw-dropping stupidity. You see, I have now learned that Buchenwald was “merely” a slave labor camp. Sure, sure, I can’t at all see why experiencing this (disturbing picture from Buchenwald) would cause Obama’s great uncle to require treatment.
Look, politics is partly sport. I get that. But, it’s also very relevant to who we are and whether we prosper as a society. So, let’s all take our shots at the opponents of our political candidates of choice. That’s part of the fun. But, for decency’s sake, pick your battles with a modicum of care. We’re supposed to think less of Obama because Buchenwald was a hair lower on the insanely evil scale than Auschwitz? Really? Is this really the sort of ground where Obama’s opponents want to make a stand? Really?