While all Americans should respect the noble fight made by African Americans and their supporters in Selma 50 years ago to secure their voting rights, Obama went one step further and lied about it way back in 2008. His likely motivation for doing so is so that he could seem more connected to the historical and emotional event than his competitor at the time, Hillary Clinton.
Here’s a a transcript of his claim from the speech:
“This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country. He met this woman whose great great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves; but she had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that, (in) the world as it has been, it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child. 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.”
It sounds like it worked, since he bear Hillary for the nomination and then went on to win, but there’s just one problem with his claim – it isn’t true. It can’t possibly be true because Obama was born four years before Selma.
Oh well, who cares about the truth when you got an election to run?