Don’t Know Much about History

I’ve often wondered how anyone as obviously ignorant as Barack Obama can be so arrogant. But I’m starting to think that his ignorance actually enables his arrogance. He simply doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.

“I had an uncle who was … part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps,” Sen. Obama said on Memorial Day.

But, as Republicans quickly pointed out, Americans didn’t liberate Auschwitz; the Soviets did.

If this were an isolated slip of the tongue, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But it fits a larger pattern of Sen. Obama’s ignorance, ignorance of history, ignorance of geography, ignorance of what his own pastor was saying for 20 years.

And the fact that the story made it into Sen. Obama’s Memorial Day talking points betrays ignorance on the part of his staff as well; whoever wrote his remarks, whoever edited them, whoever vetted them, whoever cleared them didn’t catch the error, and didn’t perform the basic fact-checking expected of a newspaper intern. Such careless ignorance bodes ill for a potential Obama administration.

Either ignorance or arrogance in a president is dangerous. Jimmy Carter was ignorant; Bill Clinton was arrogant. Barack Obama combines the worst of both.

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Know Much about History

  1. In addition, Obama’s mother was an only child. It was Obama’s GREAT-uncle who served in WWII.

    Obama may not know that Poland is EAST of Germany, either.

    Riley, I was thinking the whole “I see dead people” thing too. 😉

  2. Hillary is still dodging sniper fire and sees snipers all around Obama these days….better candidate? Riiiiiiiiggghhtt.

    They’re the same.

  3. I believe Obama’s misstatement stems simply from a level of indifference among his staff and himself to the details of history. Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen: they’re all the same, right? Just funny-sounding names in a dusty book, completely interchangeable.

    Or so they think, since these are places and events from 60+ years ago. They believe history is irrelevant, which is part of the “Change” mantra: why learn about and understand the past if all you want to do is erase it and start over?

    It’s the classic junior high school approach to history: “Why do we hafta learn this stuff? We’re never gonna use it!”

    Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to vote for liberals.

  4. Don’t forget this quote by Obama during that speech, too.

    “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.” (emphasis added.)

    Obama sees dead people…

  5. OBAMA’s Auschwitz Mistake:
    NBC’article of Domenico Montanaro is not realistic. Read it very interesting.

    How can you think that “The right-wing blogs have been abuzz over Obama’s comments yesterday, at a town hall in New Mexico, that his uncle had helped liberate concentration camps, and was among the “first American troops” at AUSCHWITZ!!!!!.”

    IT SHOWS Obama has LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ON WORLD ISSUES and he follows what he is being told. I am not at all from the “right wing”; and I feel offended that a person who is running for President of the United States has no idea of what he is talking about on world issues.

    By Charles Krauthammer WASHINGTON POST
    Friday, May 23, 2008; Page A17
    It will prove to you that it is not Obama’s first time in MAKING MISTAKES. Plus he mumbles a lot during most of his speeches; he sounds like he is not sure of himself.

    I believe HILLARY CLINTON is a better candidate for the Democratic Party vis-a-vis McCain, more prepared, more experienced.

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