The latest "gotcha moment" comes once again from VP candidate Paul Ryan. He was quoted recently with saying that he finished the Chicago Marathon in 3 hours and 11 minutes. Then later he walked that number back a little saying he actually ran 3:12. Some fact checkers took a look at the official results and determined that Mr. Ryan actually completed the marathon in a little more than 4 hours. While I can understand a memory lapse in the 22 years since he ran the race, he should have known which hour block he finished in.
For instance, I am trying to improve my 5k pace. I recently broke through the 30 minute mark and considered that a huge personal accomplishment. I write all of my times down and will probably have them handy 22 years from now. I would think that Mr. Ryan would have written his finish time down from the Chicago Marathon as this is a big event in someone's life. Even if he didn't, the numbers man would know within a 15-30 minute margin of error the time that he finished said marathon.
Bottom line: If you are going to brag about an accomplishment and use exact numbers, in this day and age, your numbers had better be correct. Especially if you're known as t