Either Groupon is transcending the boundaries of ironic humor by pretending not to know that Alexander Hamilton — the handsomest face on all U.S. currency, in my humble opinion (#cheekbones) — or the company really thinks the first Secretary of the Treasury was a prez: It’s touting a deal that “features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents.”
On the one hand, Groupon often goes for the batty kind of humor that’s been part of its company’s email deals since the beginning. But this press release just seems so earnest that we can’t help but think maybe someone at the company needs a refresher course in U.S. history via a quick web search:
President Hamilton is best known for the fiscal sensibilities that led him to author economic policies, establish a national bank and control taxes. Customers can honor our money-minded commander-in-chief and find deals by searching Groupon.com for local deals all through President’s Day weekend.
And it gets even better! Through the magic of Twitter we came across an apparent reply from Groupon addressing the apparent confusion (thanks, Chris!):
Ah yes, “opinions.” Those are exactly like historical facts. Marketing.
If this isn’t a “crazy like a fox” stunt to get us to write about Groupon, then we’re seriously concerned. And so should you be — it’s probably not the best idea to give your banking information to someone who thinks Hamilton was a president.
You can follow MBQ on Twitter if you like hearing how hot she thinks Alexander Hamilton is every time she gets a $10 bill in change: @marybethquirk