This is hardly a shock about any politician, but revelations of dishonesty
hurt some more than others. Announce that Bill Clinton has been
speaking falsely, and it hits the ears with as much force as the news that birds
fly, fish swim and dogs lick their own nether regions.
But Obama was supposed to be different. He was a "lightworker," an ocean
tamer and cynicism slayer. In short, he was supposed to be too good to be true
-- and it turns out he was.
That's one obvious conclusion to be drawn from the all-too-delayed vetting of
the president's biography, most notably in David Maraniss'
aptly titled new book, "Barack Obama: The Story," but also at newsoutlets such
as National Review Online and Big Journalism.
Obama claims his maternal grandfather fought in Patton's army and liberated Nazi
death camps. He says his paternal grandfather was tortured by the British
imperialists in Kenya. He's claimed his Indonesian
stepgrandfather was killed by the Dutch while fighting for independence. None of
that is true.