May 09, 2007
WHY IS OBAMA SO TIRED? "During a campaign speech, Barack Obama overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll by a factor of approximately 1,000, saying 10,000 had died when only 12 did. He later explained that he made a mistake because he was tired."
UPDATE: Eugene Volokh points out that campaigning for President is tiring. Indeed it is. That's a reason not to start early -- as I've mentioned here before, the sooner you start, the sooner you get tired enough to make dumb mistakes. If Obama's tired enough to do that now, what will he be like in a year? I suggested a while back, after an earlier gaffe, that he should get some rest and this would seem to underscore the need.
Of course, being president is tiring too, and one of the arguments for a grueling campaign season is that it weeds out people who don't function well when tired.