Ryan Owns His Boston Marathon Statements, Unlike A Certain Unrepentant Liar We Know (With A 16 Year Author’s Bio That Claims Kenyan Birth)

I’m prepared to say that it was a lie. Sure it was an embellishment, but it wasn’t the truth.

It says a lot about a media culture that they can dig for days to find a Republican VP candidate’s time for the Boston Marathon, yet after 4 years, we still don’t know whether or not Obama applied for college as a foreign born student nor have we been able to read any of the papers he wrote while in law school (since he published nothing).

We also still have no realistic explanation of the authors bio, do we?

But still, Ryan owns what he said:

Republican Paul Ryan now says he didn’t run a marathon in less than three hours as he claimed in a nationally broadcast interview.

The vice presidential hopeful acknowledged Saturday he had misstated his marathon time by more than an hour. He released a statement correcting the record after Runner’s World magazine found evidence he had completed one marathon, in 1990, and finished in just over four hours.

Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt last month he had run a ‘‘two hour and fifty-something’’ marathon. That’s a pace of less than 7 minutes per mile for the 26.2 mile course — extremely fast for recreational runners.

Ryan said he should have rounded his marathon time to four hours, not three.

I thought that the left respected admitting to mistakes – seems like they really, really wanted Bush to do so – even when he didn’t…but maybe that only goes for Democrats where mistakes and lies are celebrated.

21 thoughts on “Ryan Owns His Boston Marathon Statements, Unlike A Certain Unrepentant Liar We Know (With A 16 Year Author’s Bio That Claims Kenyan Birth)

  1. I tell you, I was just having this conversation with G., and I don’t think he was intentionally lying. I honestly can’t remember what the hello I was wearin yesterday, so I can see where my facts would be incorrect from 20 odd years ago.

  2. But kells, if your dress was a prize-winner, you’d remember it.

    Utah, it was Runner’s World that busted Ryan, because marathoners were suspicious about Ryan’s lack of specificity concerning his time, as runners know their personal best times by heart, and discuss them freely and often. I last ran a timed race in my junior year of high school. The coach told me that he would give me a “B” if i could run a mile in less than six minutes, and I did, in 5:46 seconds. a sucky time for personal best, but I remember it.

    Both Kerry and Ryan seem guilty of, at the very least, embellishing their records. However, if it doesn’t turn out that Ryan misspoke more than once on this subject, I will give him the benefit of the doubt, as the New Yorker has done :

    Was it just a flat lie? There’s one very strong argument that it wasn’t: how the campaign responded. When I first contacted them and asked about the race, a spokesman immediately wrote back, “Sure—it was the Grandma’s marathon in Duluth, MN as a junior in college, back in 1991 to the best of his recollection.”
    If the campaign had known that he was close to getting busted for a fib, that’s not how they would have responded. They would have dodged the question, immediately apologized, or tried to mislead. “He can’t really remember; it was some race near Minnesota when he was in his early twenties” would have been a more logical response for a campaign in danger.

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/09/does-it-matter-if-paul-ryan-misstated-his-marathon-time.html#ixzz25JXkuVvE

    • I agree, g. People, seemingly men in particular, don’t forget “best times”, “number of games won”, “no hitters”, “state final scores”, “military records or medals awarded”, etc. Nor do they mysteriously where they were born. Why politicians believe they have to embellish these facts, facts that can be easily checked, is beyond me. When they are caught, they are called liars, not embellishers.

      Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
      A little of the glory of, well time slips away
      And leaves you with nothing mister but
      Boring stories of glory days . . .

      Glory days well they’ll pass you by
      Glory days in the wink of a young girl’s eye
      Glory days, glory days

    • And yet, I wonder if you recall what I wore last night, my little chickadee..

      I can’t for the life of me remember what I wore in a show 20 years ago. I can only recall you passing out after your first stage kiss with me………………..amateur!! ( As I recall, I used neither my teeth nor my tongue.) Perhaps you remember a different scenario of that event. I will now be forced to call you a liar as I recall the kiss as if it happened just yesteday! (You shouldn’t have eaten that garlic before the show!)

  3. I’ll give you a hint about what you wore in that show for I remember it well. The “show” was at the Golden Nugget on US 98. Perhaps you can’t remember because you didn’t wear your outfit for very long . . . Also, I’m not sure you had your teeth in when we shared that sweet kiss, but I certainly remember there was no tongue (thank the Lord). Garlic? I didn’t have any garlic, but I sure remember those “breath mints” you gave me. Maybe that’s why I passed out.

    • I was told they were breath mints, but later was informed that they are some sorta, I don’t know, date rape drug? They were the best breath mints I’ve ever bought! No offense, but I made a pretty penny off our pics, pal Joey. Now do you see why I love garlic?……..and your ex?

  4. Ryan earned my respect if he all he could do was WALK a marathon…..

    Bunch of morons….

    Let me compare, we have on one side, a man who NO ONE knows his background, or accomplishments outside of being a community organizer for a criminal organization, ACORN,

    and on the other side?

    The only thing that can “be dug up” is he under-estimated by less than an hour the amount of time it took to complete a marathon?

    There is a decision to made here? Really?

    YOU MUST BE JOKING ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ?

    • Ryan is an athletic man, for sure, but his athleticism isn’t the question, rather, his dedication to the truth.
      If you don’t know Obama’s background, it is because you are too lazy to read about it.

      Ryan didn’t estimate his time, who do you think you are fooling?

      ACORN? You are desperate! Tell us what crimes they committed and the sentences meted out, and its relevance to the fact that your guy is just as dishonest as you claim the other side to be,

      It’s pretty sad that the chairs aren’t stacked in Tampa yet, and already Ryan’s baggage is weighing down the campaign. There will be more, Tex.

      • Of course there is going to be more, in fact, it’s already started. Read this less-than-flattering article on Ryan’s speech to the Miami-Ohio (his alma mater) football team before they lost yesterday. The article would almost have you believe Ryan was responsible.
        http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/paul-ryan-gives-miami-ohio-pep-talk-thrashing-180942653–ncaaf.html

        As a note, there is one paragraph in the article that I sincerely hope has a typo;

        “After playing some cornhole with an 11-year-old Ohio State fan and flipping burgers while yelling “O-H” (“I-O”), he went into the Miami-Ohio locker room to give the Redhawks one of the most lackluster pep talks ever.”

        After playing some WHAT? i don’t know about Ohio, but in the south you don’t want to be caught “playing some cornhole with an 11-year-old”.

      • Silly boy. If voters give a fat rat’s tiddely-boomp about a Representative bragging on himself in a race from school 22 years ago as opposed to the residing president bragging on himself in the here and now, which numbers do you think are more crucial?

        Um, the numbers Ryan currently presented to the public are kinda crucial, no? Them’s the numbers, pal Joey; CBO made sure he wasn’t bein a braggadocio this time round.

        G., you must know that i tell everyone I’m half mermaid. Is it a lie?

        • Well, yes. you are a liar. Happy?

          Kells, if Ryan lies when he thinks he can get away with it, he is not the sterling-charactered, morally-fibered man we thought he was.

          • And so then it essentially comes down to ones’ intentions, then, in a statement? For instance, is my intention to save you at sea? Is that why I claim to be half mermaid? (Ironically, you don’t have any proof on your claim that I’m not half mermaid. 😉 )
            I do not think his intentions were ill-willed in nature.

            I love to play with you boys. Lovegrove has kept my mind tickin all the live long day today……..

            G., I must stick up for this silly boy, Paul Ryan……he’s from WISCONSIN for cryin out loud! (Had to pull a B. there for dramatic effect…..)

            • nor do I, Kells, they were self-promoting.

              I use logic to determine that you are not any part mermaid, sweetie. As their has never been a confirmed sighting or recovered carcass of a mermaid or merman, and considering the anatomical and genetic improbabilities involved in hybridizing a human/mermaid, I conclude that you should join a carnival and make some real money! Sorry I ever doubted you.

      • “If you don’t know Obama’s background, it is because you are too lazy to read about it.”

        Reading about it doesn’t help either. He writes his book under the guise of “fiction”, if that had been Bush, then he would have been labeled a “liar”.

  5. Ryan’s statement calls to mind an expression (stolen from I can’t remember where) that I’ve often applied to my youthful athletic exploits: “The older I get, the better I used to be.”

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