Obama's girlfriend 'compression'

This whole "compression" thing has me bothered. In response to being caught in a published lie about his past dating life, the President offered a seemingly erudite and acceptable rationalization.  Specifically, Obama has now told biographer David Maraniss that the 'New York girlfriend' was actually a composite character, based off of multiple girlfriends he had both in New York City and in Chicago ... Though Dreams From My Father is an autobiography, and hence non-fiction, Obama makes no mention of this "compression," nor is there any note by the publisher, Broadway Books. In fact, Obama only acknowledged the "compression" after Maraniss learned that Cook had no recollection of some of the events at which Obama said she was present. Ah, "compression," must be just another really smart thing I don't know.  Except, I checked six online dictionaries and Wikipedia for literary devices, and found no such use of the word -- probably just the wrong dictionaries. No matter, even...(Read Full Post)