No There, There

Not that it matters much but…

Sen. Barack Obama is being labeled by what poses as serious media nowadays for supposedly fabricating a piece of Obama family history because he said the Kennedy clan donated money to bring his father over to the US.

Here is a small part of the the flimsy argument:

WAPO’s Michael Dobbs March 30, 2008

“Contrary to Obama's claims in speeches in January at American University and in Selma last year, the Kennedy family did not provide the funding for a September 1959 airlift of 81 Kenyan students to the United States that included Obama's father. According to historical records and interviews with participants, the Kennedys were first approached for support for the program nearly a year later, in July 1960. The family responded with a $100,000 donation, most of which went to pay for a second airlift in September 1960.”

And a copy cat:

MSNBC”s Mike Murray

“The Washington Post caught Obama in an exaggeration about the Kennedy family role in getting his father to America. It turns out the Kennedys were not involved in any Kenyan airlifts until after Obama's father was safely in Hawaii. What is it about politicians trying too hard to be a part of history? Sometimes, there isn't a destiny; that's ok too.”

In the world of charities and fungible dollars, to try to make a story out of this seems a tad weak.

If the gang that brought Daddy Obama to our shores is like any other chaity they were paying 1959 bills with 1960 money. The Kennedy’s dropped s nice big check on Kenyan students. There was no exaggeration by Obama worth mentioning.

This is a politically motivated cheap shot at best.