Barack Obama can't remember exactly how he met his wife, Michelle, the mother of his two daughters. But he at least remembers that they did meet, which is the thing that matters, right? So leave him alone!
Obama gave the commencement address at the New Economic School in Moscow earlier today, as one of the stops on his trip to Russia. Warming up the crowd, he ad-libbed this little gem:
I don't know if anybody else will meet their future wife or husband in class like I did, but I'm sure that you're all going to have wonderful careers.
Not true! Politico, ever-vigilant in catching the lies of politicians, fact-checks:
But the truth is that the couple met not "in class" but at a law firm in Chicago, Sidley Austin, in 1989. Obama was a summer associate (essentially a legal intern) there and Robinson was an attorney completing her first year at the firm.
The Politico piece is by Josh Gerstein, a man. Come on, Josh! If you misspoke about how you met your wife, would you want to get all called-out on it? Cut a brother some slack. Now he's going to have to buy her one of those Russian nesting dolls or something to make it up to her. Hasn't Judd Apatow taught us anything?
Oddly, it's the ladies at Newsweek's Gaggle who are rushing to Obama's defense:
The Obamas officially met in Chicago in 1989, when the future president was a summer associate at the Sidley Austin law firm and Michelle was assigned as his mentor. 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.
Exactly! Why get bogged down in all these "official" and "technical" details baby? You can't put a date on love. Can you?