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

by Jim Geraghty

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.

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