The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Obama Says He Was Born “Because of What Happened in Selma”... Four Years After He Was Born


Senator, Senator… you seem like such a decent guy. Why go all Al Gore on us?

“There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born,” Obama said.

Obama was born in 1961, four years before the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. But spokesman Bill Burton said Obama was “speaking metaphorically about the civil rights movement as a whole.”

I don’t get it. Obama’s life story, as is, is one of the most varied and interesting biographies of a presidential candidate in several cycles. Why does he succumb to the temptation to make his life story match his rhetorical need at any given moment? It’s like putting Nixon in office on Christmas 1968.

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


Sign up for free NRO e-mails today:

Subscribe to National Review