So presidential hopeful Mitt “The Hair” Romney has gotten himself in a little hot water over having said, “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”
According to First Read, Romney defended his comment by saying,
Admitting that he didn’t see the march with his own eyes, he said, “I ‘saw’ him in the figurative sense.”
“The reference of seeing my father lead in civil rights,” he said, “and seeing my father march with Martin Luther King is in the sense of this figurative awareness of and recognition of his leadership.”
“I’ve tried to be as accurate as I can be,” he continued, smiling firmly. “If you look at the literature or look at the dictionary, the term ‘saw’ includes being aware of — in the sense I’ve described.”
As if this story weren’t exciting enough for word nerds, here’s Romney coming to his own defense (in a transcript from CBS):
He added, “You know, I’m an English literature major as well. When we say, ‘I saw the Patriots win the World Series,’ it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there — excuse me, the Super Bowl.”
So obviously, the lesson we can all learn here is that the next time someone asks you what you plan to do with your English lit major, you can say run for president of the United States.