With no re-election to worry about and no Hillary Clinton around to steal his thunder, President Obama must have felt free Saturday to speak in Selma, Ala., without fabricating stories about his ties to the civil rights movement.
But that didn’t mean Obama escaped his dishonest past. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin reminded the world Saturday of a speech Obama delivered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2007, when the then-senator was in the early stages of a presidential run and trying to make sure his African American bona fides were well recorded.
Because of the Selma march, “a young man named Barack Obama” was given the opportunity to come “over to this country,” where “he met this woman whose great-great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves,” the senator said just weeks before announcing his bid for the presidency, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “So they got together, and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Ala. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Ala.”
When you watch the 2007 speech, below, note Obama’s newly acquired Southern accent. Where’d that come from?
There’s only one problem: Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, almost four years before the Selma march.
Malkin reminded her audience of that discrepancy, tweeting:
That time Obama lied & said 1965 Selma march inspired his parents to conceive him…even though he was born in 1961. http://t.co/RTgqRfwN9Z
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 7, 2015
Malkin’s tweet prompted an avalanche of replies, including one reminiscent of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech:
@michellemalkin That was a wet dream
— James Arcangeli (@JamesRowbutts) March 7, 2015
@michellemalkin Dont you know our Omnipotent leader can alter time & space as easily as the constitution? Silly girl.
— dovorah (@dovorah001) March 8, 2015
— Patrick Arnold (@PatrickArnold6) March 8, 2015
He also claimed in the 2007 speech that President John Kennedy gave Obama’s father — and others like him — the opportunity to immigrate to the United States. But Kennedy had been assassinated by the time all those folks marched on Selma, and Obama had been conceived before Kennedy was inaugurated.
But the most important difference between Saturday’s speech and the one he delivered in 2007 is that he’s not running for office now. In 2007, Obama and his biggest political adversary, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, were delivering dueling speeches in trying to take over the Selma stage.
Obama’s ties to Selma and Kennedy — although woven from the fabric of his own imagination — topped anything Clinton could have said at the event, and that’s all that mattered to him.
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