I’ve been publishing April Fool posts here for the last couple years. Last year, it was the Invisible Girlfriend spin-off, Intangible Lawyer. The year before that, it was the joint announcement by Westlaw and LexisNexis that they were opening their databases to free public access.

So, no, yesterday’s guest post from Barack Obama was not real. Yes, I tried to make it sound real enough that it would cause some readers to pause and wonder. But I also tried to seed into it reasons to doubt its authenticity. What I did not foresee was that people would not get the joke. Turned out, however, that several readers thought it was real.

For that, I apologize. I aim to make this blog a trusted source of information. I hope I haven’t led anyone to question what I publish here the rest of the year.

It could have been worse. At least I’m not Google.


  • I am among those who loved it and particularly appreciated the balance between convincing and slightly beyond believability.

  • Steve Gethin

    Obama is a joke, any day of the year.

  • David Harvey

    It doesn’t get away from the fact that the message was just as important and significant and wouldn’t it be great if there were a National Legal Technology Day. Great April Fool but with an underlying serious message