Just listen to this speech, in his pulpit dialect. It was riveting, and almost mystical. Except it just wasn't true.
Here he tells the audience that Kennedy airlifted his Dad over to study with a scholarship. You have to listen to the speech, because he's just really selling it. But if you on the right side, and you can't handle the rhetorical flourishes, here's the transcript:
"It worried the folks in the White House who said, 'You know, we're battling communism. How are we going to win hearts and minds all across the world if right here in our own country, John, we're not observing the ideals set forth in our Constitution? We might be accused of being hypocrites. This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country. He met this woman whose great-great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves. But she had a good idea there was some craziness going on, because they looked at each other, and they decided that we know that (in) the world as it has been it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child."
So here's the manifest, of those airlifted over. Barack Obama Sr? Missing in action.
But it still was a hell of a story, by the storyteller in chief!
Memorandum for Senator Kennedy is here.