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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

During the current pandemonium about Manti Te'o and his “virtual” girlfriend, let's cut him some slack. After all, our re-elected president, in his book “Dreams from My Father,” admitted that its references to his college girlfriend were not based on one girl, but portrayed a “composite” girlfriend. In the book's introduction, Obama said that “some of the characters that appear are composites of people I've known ... .”

Te'o was duped by someone on the Internet, whereas Obama did the duping of his readers by stealthily alerting them that some of the characters were composites — a euphemism for just making them up. I have more sympathy for a victim than I do for a conniver.

John Newell

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