Obama's Nonexistent Soccer Game and Internet Conspiracies

by Benjamin Domenech on 11:13 pm April 13, 2010


Some people have a natural affinity for conspiracy theories. The fact that the number of Birthers on the right and 9/11 Truthers on the left is roughly equivalent provides some nice bipartisan symmetry, the yin and yang of whackadoo. Birther idiocy will hopefully evaporate when Obama leaves office, while the Truthers will be with us always, to the end of the age — yet the silliest conspiracy theories have to be those overwhelmingly irrelevant to worldview formation.

Such as stories about whether President Obama ditched his press pool for a nonexistent soccer game.

Sparked by an admittedly odd pool report over the weekend, this little weird rumor expanded based on the fact that Sidwell Friends doesn’t list any soccer games for April 10th, and not at the Fort Reno location (which despite the American Thinker post is no more noticeably crime plagued than any other city park).

But pool ditching is hardly unheard of, especially on a fine spring morning in D.C., and Sidwell does have teams in the DC Stoddert spring soccer league, including those in the Obama daughters’ age ranges. Anyone at that field on Saturday can tell you: POTUS showed.

Update: Tons of people are still talking about this ridiculous issue. Trust me when I say (and now Tom Maguire too): there was a soccer game that morning at Fort Reno, among many scheduled that morning, and POTUS was there.

Just pick up the phone, bloggers, before you go plotting.

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