Running for the president in his mid-forties, Barack Obama has a lot in common with the last Democrat to win the White House, Bill Clinton. Both are smart, charismatic men who graduated from top law schools and have wowed their party faithful with their eloquence and visions of hope. Both men assembled crack political teams for their campaigns and drew favorable coverage from the media. Heck, they even have the same star sign, Leo, both born in August (Obama on the 4th, Clinton the 19th).
And it seems these two men have something else in common, a quality they share with another recent Democratic nominee, Al Gore. They both love to invent stories about their past (or that of their family) to better able to appeal to the audience they are addressing. The likely Democratic nominee “told a Selma [Alabama] audience that the 1965 March on Selma resulted in his conception.” This guy really is amazing, being conceived three-and-one-half years after he was born.
Yesterday, he did it again:
I had an uncle who was one of the — who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps. And the story in our family was is that when he came home, he just went up into the attic and he didn’t leave the house for six months.
Guess with Hillary’s campaign fading, the Democrats still want a candidate with access to that old Clinton magic which includes an ability to rewrite one’s past to fit the current campaign narrative.