CONSERVATIVE bloggers are absolutely boiling over Barack Obama's claim that his uncle was part of the American force that liberated Auschwitz:
I had a 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 is that when he came home, he just went up into the attic and he didn’t leave the house for six months, right. Now obviously something had really affected him deeply but at that time there just weren’t the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain.
As many have pointed out, it was, of course, the Red Army that liberated Auschwitz. Moreover, Mr Obama's mother was an only child. An RNC spokesman quickly damned Mr Obama's "frequent exaggerations and outright distortions". A blogger at Michelle Malkin's site suggested he was "spinning Clintonesque lies about Auschwitz to sell his government programs". RedState ran with the headline "Obama Lies About Holocaust for Political Gain".
And they're absolutely right: It was, in fact, Mr Obama's maternal great-uncle who served in World War II, and the camp he liberated, as a member of the 89th Infantry Division, was Buchenwald. Try to contain your outrage.
This does, however, put a different spin on Mr Obama's response to learning that he is distantly related to Dick Cheney: "We had been trying to hide that cousin thing for a long time. Everybody's got a black sheep in the family. A crazy uncle in the attic."