“You know, when I go down to south Texas and find out that veterans are having to drive two, three hours just to get into a V.A. facility because there’s no V.A. hospital down along the border areas, when you go down to Puerto Rico and find out that veterans there are not getting the same services as veterans in the 50 states, then you know we’re betraying what I think is a solemn pact that we make with our veterans. My father served in World War II. And when he came home, he got the services that he needed. And that includes, by the way, post-traumatic stress disorder. So many young people are coming back with mental health issues and because we don’t deal with them as effectively and as swiftly as we should, that’s why we’ve got homeless populations among veterans that are astronomically higher than the regular population and that’s something that we cannot accept and I’m going to need your help to make sure that we fight to make sure every veteran gets the services that they need.”
June 28, 2008
When I first saw the video I was suspicious that someone had doctored the voice track and put these words in Obama’s mouth.
Barack Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was born in Kenya in 1936. He turned 9 a few months before the Japanese surrendered. Obama’s stepfather, Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo was born in Indonesia in 1935; he was 10 when the war ended. It appeared that, like so much anti-Obama propaganda, it was a fake. So, I did a little research and found the CNN transcript of Obama’s statement. It’s real and it is an outrage that Obama should be allowed to get away with shit like this. Dan Quayle misspells “potatoe” and the press goes wild. Obama perpetrates a bald-faced lie and nobody says anything. Note also that he speaks about “post-traumatic stress disorder” which was not even a diagnosis until sometime in the 70’s. The closest analog to PTSD in WWII was “shell shock.” The VA began treating PTSD sometime during, or just after, the Viet Nam war.
Our press was quick to jump on the verbal gaffes of George Bush and the pratfalls of Gerald Ford. Yet they let this fabrication stand without question.
If you’re skeptical, you can read the transcript at CNN.