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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Importantly, Obama touts the average donation as being exactly $54.94 in order to pretend that he is backed almost exclusively by average Americans. Unfortunately for him, even the average American has a calculator handy. So let's see if Obama's math holds up.
Now, since I wasn't certain if they used the "Total Donors" or "Total Cumulative Donors" to figure out the $54.94, I'm going to assume Total Donors first. And obviously, the way to get an average donation would be dividing the total monetary number by the total number of donors. To quote the dictionary (for arithmetic mean), "The value obtained by dividing the sum of a set of quantities by the number of quantities in the set. For example, if there are three test scores 70, 83, and 90, the arithmetic mean of the scores is their sum (243) divided by the number of scores (3), or 81."
Let's see, $60,000,000 divided by 572,000 is... $104.90. Woah, that is way, way off from the President's "math." Well, maybe he means that "Total Cumulative Donors" number. That's a lot bigger. Let's see, $60,000,000 divided by 2,200,000 is... $27.27. Okay then.
Um... maybe he used that "New Donors" number? Maybe? $60,000,000 divided by 147,000 is... $408.16. Well, it's official: the Obama Campaign can't do math that you learned when you were about 10.
...And these are the people handling our economy.