Claim: Barack Obama “lied” about his father’s military service during World
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, August 2010]
Please check this video out:
Obama’s father was born in 1936!!!!!
If this doesn’t upset you, nothing will. Impeach now!
Gosh, do you think our President lied? Nah can’t be! Well maybe just this once. So, he says with an absolute straight face – just like he says every other lie – that his father served in World
You know that this is a super sore spot with me and many other vets….this liar will say and do anything. He’s afraid to meet one on one with anyone who opposes him. I am so sick and tired of the lies, back stabbing and socialist ways that I could just scream. I find it harder and harder to keep my Christian attitude with this man. In all my years, I have never seen a person so morally corrupt and out of touch with reality. It amazes me every day when I see he is still in power. How was America so stupid????
THIS PRESIDENT HAS NO MORALS!!! HIS MUSLIM FAITH SAYS IT’S OK TO LIE TO GET WHAT YOU WANT!!! THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS!!! INTERESTING THAT HIS FATHER WAS
Origins: In recent years many American voters have placed a premium on the military service experience of candidates for higher office, and candidates have often responded by making sure to highlight their military experience (or, if they themselves didn’t serve, the military experience of close relatives such as parents, children, or siblings) in their political résumés. This trend has also produced some politically awkward moments when candidates have been caught exaggerating or misstating their military experience or that of their relatives. (In June 2010, for example, Arizona governor Jan Brewer was the subject of controversy when she made a statement that many listeners interpreted to be a claim that her father had been killed in combat during World
The video clip linked above is another claimed example of the latter phenomenon, an excerpt from a NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) conference on 28 June 2008, during which then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, speaking on the importance of the United States’ caring for its veterans, said:
You know, when I go down to south Texas and find out that veterans are having to drive two, three hours just to get into a V.A. facility because there’s no V.A. hospital down along the border areas, when you go down to Puerto Rico and find out that veterans there are not getting the same services as veterans in the
Critics soon seized on this statement as a deliberate falsehood, ignoring the fact that Barack Obama’s complicated family tree encompasses multiple fathers and instead focusing on but one of them and proclaiming that President Obama told a blatant lie despite knowing it would be patently obvious to anyone moderately familiar with his background (or anyone who took the simple expedient of looking up the date of his biological father’s birth).
The list of Barack Obama’s fathers includes Barack Obama, Sr., his biological father; Lolo Soetoro, the Indonesia stepfather with whom Barack Obama lived for four years; and Stanley Armour Dunham, the maternal grandfather with whom Barack Obama lived in Hawaii for eight years. The latter was the person whom Barack Obama cited as the primary paternal influence in his life.
Barack Obama Sr. (born 1936), was a Kenyan who came to America at the age of 23 and attended the University of Hawaii, where he met and married Stanley Ann
Obviously Barack Obama’s biological father could not have served in the U.S. armed forces during World
However, despite the difference in generations, Stanley Dunham was the person who most functioned as a father in Barack Obama’s formative years, as Dunham helped raise and care for Barack from the age of ten onwards in Hawaii while Barack’s stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, remained in Indonesia. Clearly Barack Obama’s mention of a veteran relative who came home from World
Likewise, during an appearance in New Mexico on Memorial Day in 2008, Barack Obama made reference to an uncle of his “who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps.” Critics quickly pointed out that such a circumstance was impossible (primarily because Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet forces, not American troops) and similarly accused Senator Obama of telling a lie. But his misstatement was simply a mistake, not a lie: Barack Obama’s uncle, Charlie Payne, was in fact part of a group of American troops who helped liberate a concentration camp, but that camp was at Buchenwald, not Auschwitz.
Last updated: 26 September 2010
UPI. “Obama Clarifies Family War Story.” 27 May 2008