Mitt Romney recently displayed an example of what I termed "false memory syndrome" in Hippo Eats Dwarf
. It's the tendency of politicians to have memories of events that never happened to them.
In Romney's case, he recently told an audience how he remembered being at Detroit's Automotive Golden Jubilee, in which his dad served as grandmaster. The problem is, the Golden Jubilee took place on June 1, 1946, nine months before Mitt was born. (link: thestar.com
Other examples of the phenomenon include French president Nicolas Sarkozy claiming he was present in Berlin
in November 1989 and helped knock down the Berlin Wall; Ronald Reagan claiming he witnessed the liberation of the Nazi death camps during World War II -- even though he was never sent to Europe during the war. And Arnold Schwarzenegger saying he was inspired to enter politics after watching the Nixon-Humphrey presidential debate on TV in 1968, even though the debate wasn't televised.