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May 27th, 2008
09:04 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/27/08

A political gaffe from Barack Obama. Yesterday he said this: "I had an uncle who was one of the - who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps." Today, we know this is not exactly true. What did he mean to say? How big of a deal is this? We'll find out from the best political team on television.

Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan has a new book coming out and it has some serious charges like allegations that President Bush relied on "propaganda" to sell the war and Karl Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, "had at best misled" Scott McClellan about their roles in identifying CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Out on the campaign trail this weekend both McCain and Obama spent quite a bit of time talking about Iraq. How do their views compare to those on the ground? We'll have a reality check for you.

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  1. Gerry

    Now the Scott McClellan book is a huge issue, I look forward to hearing how John McCain answers that one

    May 27, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  2. Daleen L

    It would have been nice to have the people around President Bush and the White House to stand up a long time ago and let the American people know how incompetent the federal government is. Maybe McLellan should take some of the blame for the mess this country is in.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  3. Sharon in Toronto

    Obama immediately qualified his statement by adding that it was a family story. All families have stories. I've told my own about three uncles who served in the Canadian armed forces in WW11. Obama's mistake was in reminiscing about his own families story without having the FBI the CIA and various departments within Homeland Security verify his "story". Give the man a break.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, Ohio

    It may not be a big story, but you have to admit the name Auschwitz carries a lot more weight than Buchenwald.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  5. Catherine

    How quickly the RNC forgot about when McCain misspoke about the Shiite and Sunni. Give me a break RNC!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  6. Larry

    I think if you were Jewish then the names are not just words, as Obama likes to point out himself. Perhaps he needs to go and visit those camps.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  7. Stacy

    Propaganda to drum up support for the war? No! In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  8. kathy in ohio

    why is obama so confused on the facts of his family history, 1. he said he was concieved in selma, then he said his father was brought here by JFK, this just goes on and on, he just never get his facts straight

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  9. Tracey - Boston

    Tricked by Libby and Rove? Really?? NO!!! Can't be

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  10. David in Denver

    Bush is certainly NOT a victim – he IS THE PRESIDENT.

    How can HE be a victim after what they did to Plame and forced her out of her job?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  11. Kathy, Chicago

    A big duh to McClellen.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  12. Kim

    My grandfather was in a concentration camp and I couldn't tell you right now in which of them without looking it up....

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  13. Ellie B

    How many times have we all said things that are wrong,none of us are perfect just a mistake Obama made.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  14. Chuck in Alabama

    These quotes from this book just prove the belief that "W" has never been his own man. He's always taken "direction" from his father and his father's cronies.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  15. lori

    That's right, it's just "family oral history" and we should just move on. Except that Obama's entire campaign is built upon the "fable" of his family's history. This goes to the root of all the "feeling" he expresses in describing his background. It's all as phony as his Auschwitz story.

    At least McCain doesn't have to embellish his "heroics" with personal lies.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I guess if the best Obama can do to build up his military credentials is to talk about a great uncle.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  17. Saera El Paso, TX

    i've gotten Auschwitz and Buchenwald confused to....
    i was reading Night by Eli Weisel for school

    not that big a deal for Obama, i think

    May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  18. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Sorry David but Obama did not lie about his uncle, he got the name of the camp wrong

    May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  19. Tracey - Boston

    Why is Scott McClellan just now talking about this?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  20. Christine

    I am going to take my momma's advice – do not argue politics or religion – you can never win because everyone has an opinion and that opinion is not wrong because it does not agree with you.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  21. Claire

    This Mcclellan book sounds interesting. None of accustions surprise me. Bush has been the worst president in modern history.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar

    Oh boy! I have heard first time Obama's mistake speech so sad for me.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Brent

    Wow...the RNC is pathetically grasping at straws here. Their candidate has had to be repeatedly reminded of the differences between Sunni and Shia and who Iran supports in Iraq. Seems to be a bit more of a serious error that naming the wrong camp.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Jolene

    Evening bloggers! If the candidates didn't make blunders, this politcal season would be boring. Glad to see that they are all equally making mistakes.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Alan The Woodlands, TX

    Obama mispoke about which concentration camp his relative liberated. So what? What if I said George W. Bush went AWOL from the Arkansas national guard unit during the Vietnam war? Oh yeah, it was Alabama, like that makes a difference.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  26. Lauren

    I think that this is just as bad as the Bosnia story. McCain will only use this against Obama in the general election if he gets the nomination. I firmly believe that Clinton would be the stronger candidate agains McCain in November.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Hi Anderson and everyone!

    Wow when the shoe is on the other candidate the tone does change quite a bit.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  28. Jen in Mex.

    Thank you Stacey for keeping it real!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  29. Kim

    Hi everyone, good to be with you on the blog!
    I think the fact that the Republicans need to pounce on Obama's confusing Auschwitz and Buchenwald really shows that they have no substantial case against him and need to resort to things like this.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  30. EJ (USA)

    Hello all ~

    May 27, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Reese

    Only thing he did was get the name of the Concentration camp wrong.
    He didn't make up this convoluted adventure that never occured. No Story here. Nice try RNC. It just makes you look pathetic.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  32. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    This is such a non story.....how many times when telling a story do we get facts wrong....heck some times we call people we know by the wrong name.

    The story was true the name of the consentration camp was mistaken. At least he knows the difference between shia and sunni

    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  33. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    So all the politicians are not completely honest? Tell us something we don't know..

    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  34. Chanel

    I don't think this charge on Senator Obama is going to go anywhere.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  35. Chuck in Alabama

    I dont' care what Obama's family did, I want to hear him say something relevant about issues!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  36. Claire

    Making mountains out of mole hills again with pouncing on Obama's statements. This is only going to get worse on both sides through Nov.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. David in Denver

    I can't believe how dumb Obama is.

    So – if Hillary says ANYTHING wrong – the world pounces on her.

    Obama lies about his uncle and can't get his history straight – and we want this guy for President?

    Has he ever even met the uncle? I doubt it.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Cynthia

    It will be interesting to see what fallout will be from the McClellan book.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Stacy

    What did Obama mean to say? You know what? I don't care anymore. What about Iraq? What about Afghanistan? What about health care? What about education? What about our crumbling infrastructure? What about New Orleans? What about climate change? What about the poor? What about the shrinking middle class? What about Darfur? What about our standing in the world? What about the REAL ISSUES?

    This political coverage is getting ridiculous.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Ariston,FL

    We'll let Obama's gaffe go by. Keeping them honest.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Julian - Hialeah,FL

    Glad at least you Anderson covered Obamas gaffe, if this was Hillary it would be the top headline.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Jen in Mex.

    Hi Anderson, Erica, and blogsters! Looks like some interesting stories breaking!!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Anderson, Erica and Bloggers!
    I am back tonight!!!! I found out that I watch breaking news on Campbell Brown all of Rove, Libby and Bush had leak cia......

    May 27, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Yvonne

    What a wonderful American family heritage Obama has. He�s from a lineage of patriots. His great uncle was a part of US troops liberating Jews from a concentration camp. It really doesn�t matter which concentration camp it was, whether Auschwitz or Buchenwald. When I think of concentrations camps I think of the biggest one, Auschwitz. The RNC did Obama a great favor by showing America that he is from a family who has served this country and is a friend of Jews. I think this sends a positive message to Jewish voters about Obama.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Jana, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson and all fellow bloggers.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Charles

    The essence was true: his relative was amongst the first American troops into a concentration camp. Buchenwald was just as bad as Auschwitz. I do not think any person who was in one of those camps cared about the name of the camp. Only those who cannot relate to that would think the name of a particular camp is an issue.

    And as for Iraq, when will it come out that Bush II was upset that Saddam was after Bush I and the oil companies really wanted access to the oil fields......WMD was the smoke screen. The executive branch has accumulated way too much power and has really drifted from its intended purpose.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Larry

    Wonder if somebody, that was understaff to Scott McClellan will come out with a book on what it was like working for him?

    May 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hello Anderson and Erica, glad to be with you tonight on the blog.

    May 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Hi Anderson, Erica and bloggees

    Hope everyone had a good day 🙂

    May 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Zenta, New York, New York, NY

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, and all!

    May 27, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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