Everybody exaggerates sometimes. It's human nature. Everybody has a wee bit of Tommy Flanagan in him or her from time to time, whether it's a padded resume or the "not quite the truth" age people use on certain Internet "dating" sites.
So while I don't see the occasional exaggeration as a major deal, in politics or otherwise, it becomes a little more of a big deal IF the mistruth is, say, something on which you have based your entire presidential campaign: That you and only you have the experience to be president, and you say your opponent lacks this relevant experience.
With this in mind, experience this:
SIDENOTE: Sunday night before I went to bed, I scanned the news channels, and three of the stations were still talking about Rev. Wright, including playing sound bytes from his speech out of context. Didn't Obama already put this issue to rest? Apparently not, and this is worrisome. Here is the full speech in context. Decide for yourself, and keep hope alive.
Methinks the media have a wee bit o' Tommy Flanagan in them when in comes to their Rev. Wright coverage, and for me this is the far greater sin than exaggerating about being under bullet fire.