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For Political Reasons

5:00 PM, May 29, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Obama's uncle Charlie on why the president is heading to a concentration camp in Germany next week:

SPIEGEL: Mr. Payne, early in June your great-nephew, President Barack Obama, will visit the former concentration camp Buchenwald, which you helped liberate at the end of the war. Will he be travelling in your footsteps?

Charles Payne: I don't buy that. I was quite surprised when the whole thing came up and Barack talked about my war experiences in Nazi Germany. We had never talked about that before. This is a trip that he chose, not because of me I'm sure, but for political reasons.