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Editorial: Stick to the facts if you want to be president

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)  |  Jae C. Hong~AP

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) | Jae C. Hong~AP

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Updated: July 23, 2012 7:53AM



Listen up, kids. If you’re thinking of running for president someday — or even vice president — get your family story straight now and never fudge a fact.

In this day of instant fact-checking, every last tall tale and embellishment is sure to come out.

Case in point: Barack Obama. In his memoir, the president says his step-grandfather was killed fighting Dutch troops during Indonesia’s struggle for independence. Turns out, a new biography reports, the poor fellow just fell off a chair while hanging drapes.

Did Obama make up this tale of derring-do? Not likely. Unless he was hoping to run for president of Indonesia some day. More likely he was passing along one of those dressed-up tales every family has.

Then there’s Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who wants to be Mitt Romney’s vice president. Rubio says his parents were run out of Cuba by Fidel Castro, making them political refugees. That’s a glorious badge of victimhood in Florida.

But, as the Washington Post reports, Rubio’s folks moved to Florida two years before Castro took power, just looking for a better life.

Well, OK, Rubio says now, but they had planned to go back so they’re still refugees.

True enough, in a way, but that glorious badge has lost a little shine.

Stick to the facts, you youngsters out there.



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