Skip to comments.Obama Overstates Kennedys' Role in Helping His Father
Posted on 03/30/2008 10:26:28 AM PDT by Kleebo151
Addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Sen. Barack Obama traced his "very existence" to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother.
The Camelot connection has become part of the mythology surrounding Obama's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. After Caroline Kennedy endorsed his candidacy in January, Newsweek commentator Jonathan Alter reported that she had been struck by the extraordinary way in which "history replays itself" and by how "two generations of two families -- separated by distance, culture and wealth -- can intersect in strange and wonderful ways."
It is a touching story -- but the key details are either untrue or grossly oversimplified.
Contrary to Obama's claims in speeches in January at American University and in Selma last year, the Kennedy family did not provide the funding for a September 1959 airlift of 81 Kenyan students to the United States that included Obama's father. According to historical records and interviews with participants, the Kennedys were first approached for support for the program nearly a year later, in July 1960. The family responded with a $100,000 donation, most of which went to pay for a second airlift in September 1960.
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On page A01 of the Sunday paper!
Wow, that’s interesting.
Juan McCain wants to run a “respectful” campaign, so he won’t use the ammunition Democrats hand him...
I still don’t expect this lie to get much coverage. The media is in love with this guy. He gives them thrills up their legs.
John F. Kennedy’s Camelot.
BaracK H. Obama’s Buncha Rot
The minimum prerequisite for being a politician, one must be a liar and a crook.
Other things like cheating on ones spouse, being a sexual pervert, doing drugs, doing bodily harm to ones opponent, etc. are added bonuses for the job.
With all the thrills the dems are getting I sure hope Barry wears a condom.
You mean “It’s not amnesty” McCain?
No bias in THAT paragraph!!! < /s
After bloggers pointed out that the Selma bridge protest occurred four years after Obama's birth, a spokesman explained that the senator was referring to the civil rights movement in general, rather than any one event.
Barry Hussein O. is just as big a liar as Herself, the heinous and wicked.
yes i think you are right.
Oh yes. I almost forgot.
Being a drunk is also a resume booster.
Yes We Can lie to you
Is it just me, or does Barry use the cue-word “folks” whenever he means “white people”?
I had not thought about that. I use it all the time. You are correct.
Maybe I should qualify and clarify that next time by saying folks of all skin tones/shades.
the dems are full of convenient lies.
“I still dont expect this lie to get much coverage. The media is in love with this guy.”
But you posted this from one of the leading Liberal MSM rags the WaPo. That’s major coverage by MSM.
When the hell, are we as a country, going to be able to hold one election in this country WITHOUT having to drag the damn Kennedy name into it??? Crap, these dems bandy that name around like it’s the freakin’ golden ticket and they are at the gates of the Wonka Factory!!
Oh, you mean the polygamous, alcoholic, child deserting father that was obamas hero?
“LOL! I say “folks” too. Maybe we’re using code words without license!!!!”
Man...It’s a wonder the Mods haven’t taken us behind woodshed.
bama went on to tell his audience that the Kennedys -- Jack and Bobby -- decided to do an airlift. They would bring some young Africans over so that they could be educated and learn all about America. His grandfather heard that call and sent his son, Barack Obama, Sr., to America.
The problem with that scenario is that, having been born in August 1961, the future senator was not conceived until sometime in November 1960. So, if his African grandfather heard words that "sent a shout across oceans," inspiring him to send his goat-herder son to America, it was not Democrat Jack Kennedy he heard, or his brother Bobby, it was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Actually, Senior was awarded an American sponsored scholarship in economics to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was selected by a former Kenyan cabinet minister, the late Tom Mboya, who was earmarked as the successor to Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first prime minister.
The presumption was that Senior would return to Africa and use his "Western-honed skills in a new Kenya."
You forgot “MUSLIM.”
I’m wondering when the press is going to report that Obama’s father had multiple wives. If Romney’s dad had been into polygamy, we’d have been reminded every day.
lol, my nerd score is 85.
Yes, but it is only one MSM outlet. I predict it does not become a huge deal.
...and MY television is always WRONG!!
As will his adversary....
All three are Liars, Corrupt, Liberal and unhealthy for the Republic...
Obama adds the "detractor" of also being a black racist with a suspicious Muslim background.
Current description of the black American male. Hussein identifies with that....
You, on the other hand seem to be totally unencumbered by respect for anyone.
The Soviets would add or omit politicians from group photos of Stalin based on whether they currently were in or fell out of favor with the Communist Party.
Obama has been caught employing a Stalinist tactic of historical revisionism.
I don’t know. They both were/are drunks.
As a presidential candidate, “show me” what McCain has done to earn a FReeper’s respect?
the ABC News blog is now running the story.
Tooooo bad the Kennedys didn’t provide money for MaryJo Kopechne and her family to be airlifted out of Teddy’s driving range.
Lew, in Ks.
Also to razzle dazzle the public. I am just so disgusted at the whole thing. All show and no go is the key, and to be able to convince the public into beleiving everything they say. Quite Pathetic really. My God, what will be the future of all of us? In my opinion, it seems the body politic gets worse every cycle.
Obama didn’t mind throwing his grandmother under the bus. A quick trip around liberal blogs will show that they want to throw his father under the bus as well, blaming him for “passing on” an “inaccurate” account to his unsuspecting son.
Anyone wanting to see the speech can look here.
He also says in the speech that his parents got together and had him because of the Selma march. Even though he was born in 1961 and the march happened in 1965.
McCain suffered under Communism while Barack and Hillary espouse it.
“My God, what will be the future of all of us? In my opinion, it seems the body politic gets worse every cycle.”
Yes. It seems to be that way, and I don’t know what we the people can do about it.
But our politicians have always been the garbage of the earth from early on. I wonder at some level if it isn’t the Internet that has finally exposed all of this political filth.
For example, without the Internet, a lot of us would not have known about all the filth that has been exposed in just the past couple of month not to mention the past 16 years.
Just my thoughts.
Obama wants it both ways, has always wanted it both ways. Black and white, Indonesian and American, Muslim and Christian. He loves playing one off the other, using one to hide the other even as the traces of the truth may be assembled to reveal the whole cloth of deception and self-promotion he has been weaving so skillfully since his childhood. No wonder he is a man of change. He IS a changeling, a veritable chameleon, adapting and amending his life story to fit the circumstances.
cue-word “folks code word for crackers.
His lying knows no bounds. He & Clintoon are too peas in a pod. Both are ethically-challenged and morally corrupt.
what a piece of work these dem candidates are.
You would think Obama would like to give credit to generous African-Americans (who were also ground-breakers here) in financing his dad's education, rather than the white elite.
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