Major Error in Cory Booker's "Groping" Story - But Why?

On Thursday I wrote about Sen. Cory Booker’s 1992 column in The Stanford Daily in which he admitted to touching a female friend’s breasts (after having hand swatted away on the first attempt) and “rolling around on the bed” with her on New Year’s Eve 1984, then finding out later that she was drunk and didn’t like him as more than a friend.


In that narrative, he said:

With the “Top Gun” slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast. After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my “mark.”

One of our incredible commenters, Diamondback, pointed out what should be an extremely obvious factual error in Booker’s narrative. As someone who, as a 14-year-old girl swooning over Tom Cruise, hauled her cookies to the local movie theater approximately 587 times to watch Top Gun the summer it was released, I’m embarrassed to admit that I missed it. Top Gun was released in 1986, so there’s no way he could have had a Top Gun slogan ringing in his head as he tried to reach second base.

How could he make such an error? Was his memory already unreliable, just a short eight years after the incident?

Or, did he fabricate the story? To my thinking, there are two reasons to fabricate such as story. He needed an anecdote to go along with his story of awakening to feminism. Either nothing of the sort happened and he took creative license with his memoirs, or something worse happened, and he toned it down.


Either way, I think Sen. Booker needs to answer for this obvious discrepancy before he dares demand anything of Brett Kavanaugh.

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