The Republican National Committee observes that Obama’s Memorial Day speech featured a really big problem with historical fact.
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 didnâ€™t leave the house for six months. Right, now, obviously, something had really affected him deeply. But at that time, there just werenâ€™t the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain.â€
As Wikipedia explains: Aushwitz was liberated by the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army on January 27 1945.
But, his making mistakes on these kinds of details was understandable, after all, as he notes at the very opening of his Memorial Day speech, on Monday Obama was seeing dead people, so he was naturally a bit agitated.
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.