OK, this is what I don’t get about this story:
The White House confirmed on Thursday that President Obama had met his uncle, Onyango Obama, who was granted legal residency to the country this week — reversing a previous statement.
The White House had previously told The Boston Globe that the president had never met his uncle, after Onyango — referred to as Omar — was arrested in 2011 for drunk driving.
But White House press secretary Jay Carney revised that statement on Thursday, saying the press office had not actually asked the president about his relationship with his uncle before talking to the Globe in 2011.
…no, not the bit about why the press office is only asking the President about this now. No, that’s perfectly explicable as just being a flat-out lie. What I don’t get is why the White House decided to lie about his relationship with his uncle from the start. It was easily provable, the truth wasn’t going to cost Obama the election, and was eventually going to blow up in the administration’s hand… so why didn’t they take the hit at the time?