Obama draws sus­pi­cion with Korean con­test

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SEOUL | That maven of so­cial me­dia, Pres­i­dent Obama, brought his act to Korea this week and got ac­cused of dis­guis­ing him­self as a phony sup­porter in an on­line con­test.

In ad­vance of Mr. Obama’s visit, the U.S. Em­bassy here spon­sored a com­pe­ti­tion called Ask Pres­i­dent Obama. The three win­ning ques­tions from Kore­ans re­ceived writ­ten re­sponses from Mr. Obama.

But the pres­i­dent noted in a nu­clear-pol­icy speech Mon­day at Hankuk Univer­sity that some­body who posted com­ments in the con­test ac­cused him of post­ing pos­i­tive re­marks about him­self us­ing a fake name.

“One of you . . . this is true . . . asked this ques­tion: ‘Have you posted, your­self, a sup­port­ive opin­ion on a web­site un­der a dis­guised name, pre­tend­ing you are one of the sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Obama?’ ” Mr. Obama said to laugh­ter from the


Both sides agreed Mon­day that the in­ti­mate video made by for­mer Sen. John Ed­wards’ mis­tress, Rielle Hunter, should not be shown to ju­rors.

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