Posted by: dkobalt88 | March 30, 2008

Selma-gate: Obama’s Selma Speech a Fraud Full of “Untruths”

Washington Post on Selma-gate: Obama tales “untrue or grossly oversimplified”

The Washington Post is the only mainstream media outlet with the integrity to nationally expose the story about the exaggerations, tall tales, and outright lies in a speech Obama gave last year commemorating the watershed Selma marches, flatly calling some of Obama’s assertions “untrue or grossly oversimplified.”

That’s putting it mildly.

Selma-gate Untruth #1: Obama claimed that the Kennedys financed his father’s immigration to America in 1959, saying “So the Kennedy’s decided we’re going to do an air lift. We’re going to go to Africa and start bringing young Africans over to this country and give them scholarships to study so they can learn what a wonderful country America is. This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country.”

This is demonstrably false, as the Obama campaign subsequently confirmed. In fact, the Kennedys did not finance the 1959 air lift nor was the program even their brainchild. The truth is that they were approached by the program to help fund the 1960 air lift, for which Richard Nixon also helped secure financing.

Did Obama misremember the dates, or did he deliberately mislead the audience in Selma in order to forge a Kennedy connection that just wasn’t there?

There was no need for Obama to lie, as Harry Belafonte, Jackie Robinson, and Sidney Poiter are among the big names who helped finance his dad’s 1959 immigration. But I guess a tall tale playing up a Kennedy connection was more attractive.

Note, he spread this deception more than once, having also apparently used the false story in an earlier speech at American University.

Selma-gate Untruth #2: Obama exaggerated his Selma connection, falsely implying that his parents married because of events there: “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama.”

This is an easily debunked falsehood. The violent stirrings that “happened in Selma, Alabama” happened in 1965. Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961. It is therefore impossible that his parents “got together” “because of what happened in Selma.”

As a Clinton campaign memo notes, when the New York Times called him on this lie, Obama’s tepid response was “I meant the whole Civil Rights movement.”

If that’s the truth about what he meant, why didn’t he just…tell the truth? Or did he, again, deliberately mislead the audience to forge a connection that simply was not there?

Selma-gate Untruth #3: Obama misled about his origins, claiming “You see, my Grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya. Grew up in a small village and all his life, that’s all he was — a cook and a house boy.”

The problem? This isn’t true. As others have pointed out, in Obama’s own bestseller, Dreams of My Father, he had described his grandfather as “a prominent farmer, an elder of the tribe, a medicine man with healing powers.”

So which is it? Did Obama lie in his book or at Selma? Was his grandfather a lowly servant, or a prominent elder? Or if he was somehow both, why did Obama deceive and not tell the whole truth?


One has to wonder whether the press, so suddenly concerned last week with Hillary Clinton’s memories, will be as eager to castigate Obama for his lies and exaggerations. Since he is getting a free pass for constantly changing his story about Rezko and lying about taking oil company money, you can bet the mainstream media will try to forget Selma-gate.



  1. […] 1969.  He was living with his mother and step father Lolo Soetero in Jakarta Indonesia in 1969.  This is much like the made up stories he stated during the campaign about the Selma Alabama bombings.  Ask yourself, why does our President consistently lie about his American childhood […]

  2. For God sake Barack Obama was not even born and he is relating the story that was told to him by a relative.

    meanwhile Hilary just lies and lies without blinking an eye. Hilary is a straight-face lliar. l do not trust her.

    Barack Obama will be our next president and he will be an excellent president.

    Hilary is a multi-Millioniara, a Liar, a cheat. l am one voter who is not buying into her lies!!!

  3. Let me see: there were two African air lifts 1959 and 1960. Kennedy financed the 1960 but not the 1959 while Barack Obama Sr came in 1959. Barack Obama Jr. said that Kennedy’s helped his father come to the US. He should have said “people LIKE Kennedy’s helped his father to come to the US”. Big lie, big big lie. Compare it to landing YOURSELF (not your father) under the sniper’s fire and remembering it wrong, “misspeaking”.

    Selma. Selma is a symbol. Do you know what a symbol is? The Obama Sr.-Dunham relationship was portrayed at about that same time (or a little later, let’s not split hairs) by Stanley Kramer in “Guess who’s coming to dinner?”

  4. Keep digging deeper. Maybe you will find that he didn’t do his homework in 3rd grade when he told his teacher that he did. Did you really take the time to create a web site that starts off with a lie. I know you want HRC to win but stop spreading garbage. If you feel that strong just go and vote for her. It’s that simple.

  5. I have figured what Obama tactics and morals are.He sits in Wrights church for 20 years but disagrees with Wright.His surrogates ask Clinton to quit but he wants HRC to continue.He associates with shady charectars like Rezko but is not in league with him.His God father in the Illinois senate is a man from a sleazy background but he has nothing to do with it.
    My God can this be really true?Here is the biggest oppurtunist I have ever seen and gullible Americans are lapping it up.God save the World.

  6. Obama is not just a dishonest politician, he’s a con-artist. It’s shocking how many people have been conned by this man. Then again, all one has to do is look at the past 2 elections to realize how naive people can be.

  7. You have got to be kidding. First, Sen Obama has not called for Clinton to get out of the race or to stop the voting of the 10 states remaining. Also, MI and FL will be resolved. I agree that not seating them at the convention would be a huge mistage, but that it not going happen. It will be resolved, but please remember the state brought this onto themselves. They broke the rules. I also agree that the rules are stupid. I am in Texas and loved being a part of the process for the first time in a long time. I agree with MI and FL that NH and other states have way too much influence over the presidential nominee selection and this needs to be changed, but I have digressed. Back to this article: these “lies” that you point to are ridiculous. Hillary lied about getting shot at in Bosnia. She is the one that declared this to be one of her five signature moments that highlighted this supposed experience that she has and it was a complete lie. These “lies” from Barack are meaningless. He had the judgement to stand up to George Bush and this stupid stupid war and for all the right reasons. Hillary did not. That is a fact.

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