Paul Ryan marathon claim: Would you fib about your PB?

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    Sep 03, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    US vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has admitted exaggerating the time he achieved in a marathon. But is it possible to forget the time you clocked in such a gruelling event?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19462506
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 03, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    Clearly a slow news day at the BBC icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 03, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    The man is a compulsive liar and charlatan.

    Symptomatic, no?
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    Sep 03, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    "Interviewer.: I’ve just gotta ask, what’s your personal best?
    Paul Ryan.: Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fifty-something.

    Interviewer: Holy smokes. All right, now you go down to Miami University…
    Paul Ryan: I was fast when I was younger, yeah.


    What’s striking about the exchange is how he responds to Hewitt’s “Holy smokes.” A four-hour marathon, for a twenty-year-old, is not something that elicits a “holy smokes.” It’s entirely average; in fact, for the race that Ryan ran, it was below average.

    In the marathon in question, he finished in nineteen hundred and ninetieth place, out of just thirty-two hundred and seventy-seven male runners. (A 2:55 would have had him at a hundred and thirtieth.) But Hewitt’s reaction didn’t set off any alarm. Instead, Ryan could tell that he had just impressed his host, and he reinforced it, saying “I was fast when I was younger, yeah.”


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    LYING ABOUT A RUNNING TIME.............IS NO BIG DEAL in itself.

    But PAUL RYAN ...........LIES ABOUT EVERYTHING (just review his convention speech)

    BTW, Paul Ryan's actual marathon time was FOUR HOURS AND ONE MINUTE, 25 SECONDS

    ........PRETTY FAR OFF FROM THE 2:55 HE CLAIMED.
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    Sep 03, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    Why would anyone fib about Peanut Butter?
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    Sep 04, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    Balancing saidPaul Ryan's actual marathon time was FOUR HOURS AND ONE MINUTE, 25 SECONDS

    ........PRETTY FAR OFF FROM THE 2:55 HE CLAIMED.

    Well, um, maybe he meant 255 minutes, not 2:55. (:

    Good thing I'm not planning to be VP, cause some people might be shocked when they discover that my "4 minute mile" was actually 4:59.7

    But see? That was decades ago and I still remember it!
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    Sep 04, 2012 6:34 AM GMT
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    Balancing saidPaul Ryan's actual marathon time was FOUR HOURS AND ONE MINUTE, 25 SECONDS

    ........PRETTY FAR OFF FROM THE 2:55 HE CLAIMED.

    Well, um, maybe he meant 255 minutes, not 2:55. (:

    Good thing I'm not planning to be VP, cause some people might be shocked when they discover that my "4 minute mile" was actually 4:59.7

    But see? That was decades ago and I still remember it!





    Great point.
    And that's the bottom line.
    If you run a marathon in less than 3 hours - you remember it for the rest of your life.
    It's a big deal accomplishment.

    Ryan didn't forget.
    He lied about his time to try to make himself make himself look good.

    It's also the only marathon he ever ran in.
    http://www.salon.com/2012/09/02/paul_ryans_marathon_lie/
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    Sep 04, 2012 11:50 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidClearly a slow news day at the BBC icon_rolleyes.gif

    It's not a slow news day. The man lied. When Gore embellished, the Repubs were all over him as if it were a moral failing. Then the same holds here.

    I just don't understand why they lie like that. Did he really think anybody gives a crap about his marathon PB?
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    Sep 04, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
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    CuriousJockAZ saidClearly a slow news day at the BBC icon_rolleyes.gif

    It's not a slow news day. The man lied. When Gore embellished, the Repubs were all over him as if it were a moral failing. Then the same holds here.

    I just don't understand why they lie like that. Did he really think anybody gives a crap about his marathon PB?

    Yeah, and Gore's "embellishment" was mostly a bad choice of words. Instead of saying he "invented" the Internet, which means the technology, he should have said he helped to "enable" the Internet to come into being legislatively, through his work on a US Senate committee.

    But to say you ran a marathon under 3 hours, when it was actually over 4 hours, if a flat-out factual lie. Coming from a US Vice-Presidential candidate who's trying to create a youthful, athletic image for himself, these lies do indeed become newsworthy.

    Coupled with his other lies, like factories that Obama caused to close when Bush was actually the one in the White House, Ryan reveals himself as a serial liar. So that every lie he tells merits special scrutiny, as more proof of his unfitness for the second highest office in the land.
  • DalTX

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    Sep 04, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    He'd lie about what time it is.
    Not only is he the posterboy for hypocrisy he's a pathological liar.
    Way to go Willard!
  • rnch

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    Sep 04, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    Lies are all the GOP/TEAbaggers have going for them this year.




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    Sep 04, 2012 3:06 PM GMT
    "every lie he tells merits special scrutiny, as more proof of his unfitness "

    QFT

    It is the reflexive nature of it that is a big red flag to me.
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    Sep 04, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    Caslon20000 said
    CuriousJockAZ saidClearly a slow news day at the BBC icon_rolleyes.gif

    It's not a slow news day. The man lied. When Gore embellished, the Repubs were all over him as if it were a moral failing. Then the same holds here.

    I just don't understand why they lie like that. Did he really think anybody gives a crap about his marathon PB?


    Well said Cas, I would agree.. there hasn't been a "slow news day" for some time and won't be for the rest of the year.

    I wondered about the comment myself... along with the "misstep" about condemning the stimulus and claiming he didn't ask for any of the money.
    Confronted with the facts.. well...

    At least he is more engaging on issues than the Palin woman.. who is now nearly forgotten!