Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Marshall McLuhan Was Not Available, So Newsweek Covers For Obama

Good help is hard to find.

Starting off his remarks at a university graduation in Moscow, Obama said:

I don’t know if anybody else will meet their future wife or husband in class like I did, but I’m sure you’re all going to have wonderful careers.

Mark Hemingway writes that this is just not true: Obama did not meet his wife in class at Harvard. Actually, she graduated in 1988 and he graduated in 1991. Instead of meeting in Harvard, they met later in Chicago in 1989--when he was a summer associate in a law firm there and she was his mentor.

But Newsweek comes to the rescue:

Was what Obama said wrong? Technically no, considering Obama was still going to school when he met his wife. But for those keeping close watch on Obama trivia—ie, the White House press corps—the statement did seem a wee bit off.

Hemingway responds:

Come again? The statement is just wrong. There is no "technical" justification for it having any veracity that I can tell — "in class" is quite specific. Next time you husbands embarass your wife publicly by not remembering a significant relationship detail, I bet you wish a major media organization would step in and spin it for you. Alas, you'll have no such luck. [emphasis added]

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