By this point, President Obama's fictional "composite girlfriend" has been roundly mocked by almost everyone. But don't assume that this means Obama didn't ever date anyone - in point of fact, he dated quite a bit, starting at the age of 20 when he was still a student at Occidental. And in an instance of either stalking or successful journalism, the Daily Mail has found the woman involved. Meet Alex McNear:
McNear refused to give any details about her dating experience with Obama and hung up on the Daily Mail when they tried to ask. Yikes. Still, her own life story, even without Obama, is plenty interesting:
Rather than moving into the White House she wed a rather less glamorous compensation prize - a Serbian boxer who once tried to rob $60,000 from a bank.
Miss McNear married Bob Bozic in a ceremony which appalled her mother and brought a former vagrant and one time bookmaker into their upper middle class family.
On the face of it, Miss McNear and Mr Bozic made an extremely unlikely pair, even if her mother Suzanne was fiction editor at Playboy in the 1960s and 70s.
Miss McNear was a literary type from a waspish family who was seduced by Mr Obama's intellectual musings on T.S. Eliot.
Burly Mr Bozic however spent part of his youth struggling to survive on the streets of Toronto having run away from home.
He was so desperate he would spend his nights sleeping in Laundromats or parked cars and spend his days stealing to makes ends meet.
But love found a way, and in 1987 they got married, and stayed together for seven years, but then divorced.
They had a daughter together, Vesna, now 20, an aspiring actress who lives in Manhattan and remain close to this day.
In a frank assessment of his function in Miss McNear's life, Mr Bozic has said she married him to 'separate' herself from her family.
Ms. McNear has since married again, this time to child psychologist Robby Stein - admittedly, a safer partner. Yet apparently her relationship with Obama can't have ended that badly. She did vote for him in 2008.