Dayton's press secretary deletes regrettable tweet about Abe Lincoln and blown minds

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Yesterday, Matt Swenson, Gov. Mark Dayton's press secretary, was in the midst of tweeting about his pleasant, touristy day in our nation's capital when he offered up a regrettable combination of words to describe what he felt while in the presence of Abraham Lincoln's hat.

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Swenson tweeted out a photo of the hat, along with this caption: "Still blows my mind."

Swenson was speaking figuratively, of course, whereas Lincoln literally had his mind blown by John Wilkes Booth in D.C. Ford's Theatre back in 1865.

The guv's communication pro quickly deleted the tweet, but a copy of it was preserved in the Twitter fossil record (the tweet at the bottom of this screengrab was accompanied by the photo in the middle of the row below it):

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Jeff Kolb

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flyingmonkeyair
flyingmonkeyair

This is an actual article? You guys are sucking more and more online, with non content like this beginning to dominate.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

I always get a little teary eyed when Frosty the Snowman melts.

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

remidial people can't seem to wrap their minds around this one

Gail Stonemark
Gail Stonemark

"Whoops"? Seriously? People can't tell the literal from a figurative expression which has been around for years? My response would not be any mention of "political correctness" ( a term I really hate), but: give people a little credit for having brains and "picky, picky, picky". So please tell me this whole thing is an elaborate (but lame) joke.

Dan Hendrickson
Dan Hendrickson

And imagine if he had composed that tweet while in the john or sitting in a booth. I'm not certain the sun would have risen tomorrow. Although the sun is resilient.... Anyway, I digress.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

OH MY GOD. To Matt Swenson, most of us Minnesotans did not slide down the slippery slope and you should not be ashamed to have that tweet up. We are not that petty, bored or judgmental. I have never seen this in person, but when I do, I bet I will be so moved that I will not think of what stupid correlations, a few mindless trolls will come up with when I try to explain what I feel about it. Stop making stupid people famous, and by stupid people I mean the idiots that made this man feel bad for innocently and respectfully explaining how he knew best.

Brendan Scherer
Brendan Scherer

Of course. In today's hyper politically correct society, everything can be read into and torn apart at a later date

Katsi Duzynski
Katsi Duzynski

PEOPLE have said worse, and nothing has been made of their comments. As likely done before Twitter, and not gone round the world in seconds as does seem to happen. Oh well, 'foot' must be made appetizing nowadays it seems. :/

Eric Koscak
Eric Koscak

Why would anyone on the planet try to make this a thing?

Melissa Niederkorn
Melissa Niederkorn

Seriously? Has this how lame out society has become? Afraid people will read into a simple expression like that? Stop the train, I want off.

Paul Gerold
Paul Gerold

Even though a Press Secretary has one job, something like that is completely forgivable.

Sharon B Browning
Sharon B Browning

Oh. My. Gosh. Is this what passes as "news" nowadays? Move on - absolutely nothing to see here.

nolanmorice
nolanmorice

Slow clap, City Pages. Do you really post everything a silly watchdog group sends you?

Brian Steidl
Brian Steidl

wow that is a case. Of Reading WAY to much into it .

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Actually, it was in a car; he hadn't noticed that the light had changed...

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