Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sauce for the Gaffer

He should borrow a line from Mr. Koch, my 7th grade math teacher, who used to follow up some verbal slip with, "My tongue got caught in my eye teeth and I couldn't see what I was saying."

So it seems Obama is gaffe-prone. Well, anyone who talks non-stop during his waking hours and has his every word recorded, parsed, and pounced on is going to have his share of them. Like any aspirant to the White House. And any occupant thereof. Like the current one. I think this is the right take on it. But obviously some Obama-haters will make the predictable hay of it. And what's to stop them? The same sort of verbal bungling got Reagan and Bush pegged as "dunces" by their enemies. Will there be books published of "Stupid Obama Quotes"? Like the chickenhawk meme, it comes home to roost. Some people just never seem to get that.

Also, I don't know anything about Obama's forebears or when and where they served, but it's possible he's confused because the British and American armies that overran the western German concentration camps and transit points did get a full dose of Auschwitz: though none of these were death camps, the Nazis had evacuated many of the inmates from the death camps as the Soviets approached, and they ended up in their miserable emaciated state in the hands of the western Allies at Dachau and other places. That's how, for instance, Anne Frank ended up at Bergen-Belsen.

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