I think it is a perfect example of what many on the Left believe. If it sounds good they just say it, and in their world it becomes true. It is called gilding the lily.
i.e. Algore didn't invent the Internet, but he was a fan of technology and did push funding for its deployment. Hillary thinks of herself as a special heroic person, so she decides she was named after a special heroic person. Hussein did have a struggle, but that struggle isn't heroic enough, so now he thinks of himself as the child of the civil rights struggle rather than the child of two people who loved each other.
My problem with all of this is not that these are just "lies," but lies that indicate that the person feels they are unique and should lead because they are unique. What this means is that they should be treated differently than those they lead. What that means is that they think they are above the herd. And that means they don't have to follow any one's wishes but theirs. And that is dangerous. Damn dangerous for a democracy.
By Paul R. Hollrah
Tuning in to C-Span recently, I found myself listening to a speech by
Barrack Hussein Obama, Jr. He was standing in the pulpit of a black church
Selma, Alabama, and as I studied the body language of the dozen or so black
ministers standing behind the senator, I couldn't help but be reminded of
little head-bobbing dolls that people used to place in the rear windows of
their 1957 Chevrolets. If their reactions are any indication, the new
"Schlickmeister" of the Democrat Party is actually a pretty accomplished
However, as he spoke, I found my b.s. alarm going off, repeatedly. But I
couldn't quite figure out why until I actually read excerpts of his speech
several days later. Here's part of what he said:
"...something happened back here in Selma, Alabama. Something happened in
Birmingham that sent out what Bobby Kennedy called, "ripples of hope all
around the world." Something happened when a bunch of women decided they
going to walk instead of ride the bus after a long day of doing somebody
else's laundry, looking after somebody else's children.
"When (black) men who had PhD's decided 'that's enough' and 'we're going to
stand up for our dignity,' that sent a shout across oceans so that my
grandfather began to imagine something different for his son. His son, who
grew up herding goats in a small village in Africa could suddenly set his
sights a little higher and believe that maybe a black man in this world had
"So the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an airlift. We're going to go
Africa and start bringing young Africans over to this country and give them
scholarships to study so they can learn what a wonderful country America is.
"This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to
this country. He met this woman whose great great-great-great- grandfather
had owned slaves; but she had a good idea there was some craziness going on
because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that, (in)
the world as it has been, it might not be possible for us to get together
have a child. There was something stirring across the country because of
happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a
bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. Was born. So don't tell me
I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don't tell me I'm not coming home to
Okay, so what's wrong with that? It all sounds good. But is it?
Obama told his audience that, because some folks had the courage to "march
across a bridge" in Selma, Alabama, his mother, a white woman from Kansas,
and his father, a black Muslim from Africa, took heart. It gave them the
courage to get married and have a child. The problem with that
characterization is that Barrack Obama, Jr., was born on August 4, 1961,
while the first of three marches across that bridge in Selma didn't occur
until March 7, 1965, at least five years after Obama's parents met.
Obama went on to tell his audience that the Kennedy's, 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, Barrack 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 this
African grandfather heard words that ''sent a shout across oceans,''
inspiring him to send his goat-herder son to America, it was not a Democrat
Jack Kennedy he heard, nor his brother Bobby, it was a Republican President,
Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Obama's speech is reminiscent of Al Gore's claim of having invented the
Internet, Hillary Clinton's claim of having been named after the first man
climb Mt. Everest, even though she was born five years and seven months
before Sir Edmund climbed the mountain, and John Kerry's imaginary trip to
As one of my black friends, Eddie Huff, has said, "We need to ask some very
serious questions of the senator from Illinois. It's not enough to be black,
it's not enough to be articulate, and it's not enough to be eloquent and a
media darling. The only question will be how deaf an ear, or how blind an
eye, will people turn in order to turn a frog into a prince."