Obama’s Great-Uncle: he’s using Buchenwald for political reasons

Obama’s Great-Uncle: he’s using Buchenwald for political reasons

Obama’s great-uncle Charles Payne has confirmed what we all already suspected: that Obama had no interest in his part in the liberation of Buchenwald until he had to use it for political reasons.

Barack Obama’s great uncle offered some blunt language as to why his nephew is visiting the memorial at the former Buchenwald concentration camp next week during his trip to Europe and the Middle East.

“This is a trip that he chose, not because of me I’m sure, but for political reasons,” Charles Payne told the German magazine Spiegel. “Perhaps his visit also has something to do with improving his standing with (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel. She gave him a hard time during his campaign and also afterwards.”

… Payne, 84, is no stranger to Americans: The Obama campaign used his WWII experiences last year to burnish the candidate’s all-American upbringing. But Obama made a gaffe when he said his great uncle liberated Auschwitz. In fact, Payne was part of the force that liberated Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, in April 1945.

Payne told Spiegel that he was shocked to see his war experience, especially his “liberation” of a concentration camp, used in campaign commercials. He said he had never spoken with his nephew about the matter, nor did Obama ever express any interest in Payne’s experience.

“I was quite surprised when the whole thing came up and Barack talked about my war experiences in Nazi Germany,” Payne said. “We had never talked about that before.”

… “I am unable to tell you what I was thinking then. That was a long time ago, and as I told you, until Barack misspoke, I hadn’t thought about any of this for a very, very long time,” Payne said.

“They were the enemy, evil incarnate, and we were the good guys coming to save the world. We were all for the war. We all wanted to be in it. That doesn’t mean we enjoyed being in it, though,” he said. He then described his experiences in Europe.

… Payne said he doesn’t like to think about it, and hadn’t for a long time until Obama’s gaffe caused all the harsh memories of that time to come back in force.

“You know, I am unable to tell you what I was thinking then,” Payne said. “That was a long time ago, and as I told you, until Barack misspoke, I hadn’t thought about any of this for a very, very long time. In fact, I guess I prefer not to think about it. I can assure you I was horrified by the lengths to which men will go to mistreat other men. This was, to me, almost unbelievable. There was more: There were sheds full of dead bodies that had been stripped and thrown in and then stacked up on top of each other. I don’t know how many, but many high and the whole length of the room. They sprinkled lime to keep the smell down. That’s about the extent that I remember actually seeing.

“I am puzzled by intelligent people who stand by and allow their country to be taken over and run by extreme radical types,” Payne said. “I’m still somewhat puzzled by that. And I am fully aware that it could happen and has almost happened in this country. You know, I lived through the McCarthy era in the 1950s, when it was getting dangerously close to that sort of thing.”

How unsurprising. I wouldn’t imagine that Obama would ever be interested in someone who has led a far more courageous and inspiring life than his own, and would only care when it was most advantageous to himself. He’s an opportunistic, narcissistic socialist. Why would he care about about his great-uncle’s experience, or about how discussing it on national TV might make his great-uncle feel?

Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit

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  • slamdunk says:

    Interesting article and post–I don’t think Mr. Payne will be speaking (without prep) to media outlets again any time soon.

  • Bobv says:

    Sounds like a pretty decent guy. Honest, pro-american, humble. Those genes must not have been passed on.

    I wonder how the left will try to destroy him?

    He said he was for the war, and thought the other side was evil. So warmongering nationalist?

    He’s a typical white person and saying something less than glowing in praise for obama. So clearly a virulent racist.

    He claimed barack misspoke, when we all know the One would never do such a thing. So his is quite obviously lying to make the president look bad, probably bribed by the republicans.

    I hate to say it but if this guy stays in the limelight for any length of time he’s going to be ripped to shreds for his disloyalty (dissent was only patriotic from 2001-2008, and possibly again from 2012-onward).

  • Mat says:

    That’s assuming that this stuff will actually get out to most of the American people, which I suspect will not. The left won’t need to attack Payne or muzzle him. The Obama chroniclers, err, I meant news media won’t publish it and like everything else, will fall into the ash bin of history. Oh, don’t get me wrong. Someday, the truths will come out, but it’ll be too late to do anything about it then. Assuming people want to.

  • JerryT says:

    Atta way Cassy. Go get ’em. 🙂

  • mj says:

    This is the guy which President Obama believed, a short time ago, had helped liberate Auschwitz. Hey, Buchenwald, Auschwitz, what’s the difference?

  • Mark says:

    How interesting…his uncle was part of the liberation force and he is slowly but surely enslaving us and future generations.

  • Rick says:

    I thought that when Barry told the story about Auschwitz, he was referring to a deceased uncle. He has no idea of the importance of that event to his uncle. To use it for personal gain like he did, without even asking first, and then getting the facts wrong…frickin D-bag.

  • ModDem says:

    Why is your hatred for Obama so personal? Can you get past that a bit? It will help you make better arguments. Please….

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