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GLENN: Do we have the audio of Barack Obama and the speech that he gave on Memorial Day. And then he started answering some questions and as we told you yesterday, he talked about his uncle? Was it his uncle or was it his grandfather that he originally said helped liberate the Auschwitz death camp. As we told you yesterday, got kind of a problem with that one because Auschwitz was in Poland and the Soviets liberated the -- you know, yesterday for a while I thought, you know, an Obama family member could have been fighting for the red army. I'm not sure, but it could have happened. You would think that a guy who is Harvard educated and Columbia educated would know that Auschwitz was liberated by the red army, but apparently, apparently not.
Now, they came out yesterday afternoon with a statement. I don't know. Has anybody seen the media coverage on this one? I love it. Only the GOP is worried about this. I think, I think anybody who is arguing that this says nothing is wrong. I think anyone who says, "Oh, see, he's lying; he's got all the..." is also wrong. And as it turns out, his great-uncle went and liberated a smaller camp associated with Buchenwald. That is, you know, another concentration camp. I don't know about you, but concentration camps, I mean, Auschwitz is the king of concentration camps. No doubt about it. When you think of concentration camp, you think it's definitely Auschwitz. You think that's got to be the worst of all of the concentration camps. However, they're all pretty bad, you know? They all pretty much are places I don't want to walk into, especially if you didn't know what was coming, and that is exactly what Barack Obama's great-uncle did. He walked in, as part of his crew, his troops -- see if I have the -- it will 89th infantry division. It was the unit that was among those who liberated the camp. His great-uncle's name was Charlie Payne. I wouldn't want to walk into that and I can't imagine that you got over it. I can't imagine that you could ever, ever forget it.
Now, here's what it does say, that Barack Obama didn't remember that it was his great-uncle. Go ahead. Play the audio, please.
SENATOR OBAMA: I had a uncle who was one of the -- who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps, and the story in our family was that when he came home, he just went up into the attic and he didn't leave the house for six months, all right? Now, obviously something had really affected him deeply, but at that time there just weren't the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain.
GLENN: Okay. The story is that he went up into his attic and didn't leave the house for six months, and obviously something affected him deeply. Mr. Obama, is what you got out of the stories of the Nazi concentration camp in your family, is what you got out of that story that there should be government funding for our soldiers? Is that really the main message that you got? Because I grew up in a family that went through the Great Depression and anybody who did, I have to tell you my wife says, why do you save the bacon fat? "What?" Why do you do this? Why do you -- I cover the bacon fat and I put it in the refrigerator because I don't use it like my grandmother used to. She used to keep it up over the stove. She would keep all of the fat that she would -- I got that from my grandparents. It was drilled into my head. Why do you think I am such a freak on watching the economy, making sure that you're prepared, making sure that I'm prepared. I'm getting that from my grandparents. Don't ever be so arrogant that you think it can't happen to you because that's what the country thought back in 1929, and we lived through the Great Depression, I mean over and over and over again. The Great Depression made an impact on me because of my grandparents. I learned lessons because of the Great Depression, and anybody who is my age, if you are 45 years old or older, you know it, too.
So are you telling me, Mr. Obama, that the lesson in your family that you learned from somebody who walked, was one of the first to walk into a concentration camp and liberate these people is we should have more funding to be able to heal our soldiers and their mental wounds? You know what, if you are a longtime listener to this program, you know what a big supporter I am of the troops. I have two relatives currently serving. I worry about them, we pray for them twice a day. I mean, they are always on my mind. You know that I raise money for the USO. You know I do everything I can to make sure that we have the right facilities. I have personally sent over reinforced helmets to soldiers I don't even know because my nephew said, lost a helmet, had to get one, it's not as good. I send it over. Somebody else needed a helmet; I sent it over. I care. And I want to make sure, because the reason why I care, the reason why I say let's not destroy our troops, the first reason -- and you know this if you were listening after September 11th, I worked with a guy who was a Vietnam vet and it did amazing things to him and turned him upside down. I want to make sure we treat our troops with respect. I want to make sure that we treat what they do with respect when they come back here, and I want to make sure that they have the best healthcare and medical care and mental healthcare. But with all of that being said, I'm sorry. I don't compare what our troops have done today and what they have experienced, the horror of war, which I hope I never know myself, but I just don't believe it to be the same as walking into a death camp. I can't believe that that's the same kind of thing. But maybe it's just me. Maybe it's just me that sees, wait a minute, you had a great-uncle. The first group of Americans to walk in and witness a death camp. He lived in the attic for six months, and the message you get from that is, A, more government money to take care of our troops, which, okay. Really? And B, the other message you got is we should sit down and talk to Ahmadinejad.
Now, by the way, he's now saying, no, he won't talk to President Tom. He'll talk to the real leaders of Iran. The real leaders are crazy nut job clerics! They all say that Jews need to be run into the sea. I think, just like my lard sandwich conversations with my grandparents, just like saving the bacon fat over the stove, I can't stop doing it, I can't stop thinking about it because of what was drilled into my head. I would think that if you had a great-uncle that liberated one of the death camps, one of the lessons that you would get is you do not appease dictators. Two, you listen to people and take people at their word when they say they are going to wipe somebody off the face of the Earth, you take them at their word because they meant it. And three, gee, I think I've heard of people trying to run the Jews into the sea before. Oh, yeah, it was a story of my great-uncle. They weren't running them into the sea. They were pushing them into ovens. But in the meantime somehow or another you have that experience an yet you have an advisor that's currently talking to Hamas. I'm telling you something does not smell right. Something is not right. Maybe I'm taking it all out of whack. Maybe I've got it all wrong. Maybe I'm reading too much into it. I don't think so.
I have to tell you I think that there are too many things out here that people are just not paying attention to.