Alexander Hamilton was never president, Groupon

“Happy President’s Day to Alexander Hamilton!” is what Groupon said in a nutshell when they offered a promotional $10 off of local deals $40 or higher. Before you Wikipedia it, Alexander Hamilton was never president.

Groupon’s press release begs to differ: “The $10 bill, as everyone knows,” it ironically begins, “features President Alexander Hamilton – undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system.”

Way to be American, Groupon. On the bright side, at least you didn’t get the date wrong for Independence Day (June 4th, duh!). You would think someone at Groupon paid enough attention in history class to realize the error.

Yet we know you know that you know Alexander Hamilton was never president, Groupon.

This “President” Hamilton thing is all a big marketing ploy. No correction has been issued, and Groupon’s responses to the buzz have all been vague and unapologetic. Well, the joke’s on you, Groupon, because your promotional deal is being talked about all over the…oh…right. I guess it worked.

So, it is a scheme – and not just a marketing one – because there are definitely a number of people who think Mr. Hamilton was a U.S. President. Oh well.