Cory Booker is famous for being an early and enthusiastic adopter of Twitter. So it's only natural that Booker, who is likely to be the next senator from New Jersey, would express himself in the way the site is infamous for: the false modesty of the humblebrag.
Objectively speaking, Booker has much to be proud about in his life: he graduated from Stanford and Yale Law School, received a Rhodes scholarship, became mayor of Newark, has a large audience of devoted followers on Twitter, and is a rising and prominent Democratic politician. Despite all this, Booker ruffled some feathers this morning in a profile in The Washington Post with a series humblebrags — or the not-so-subtle attempts at self-deprecating comments on something of particular pride — and ostentatious word choices. As the piece's author Jason Horowitz writes, "Some people drop names; Booker drops past exploits." And there are plenty of them.
Those exploits are sometimes told through overly-casual humblebrags, though. For example:
- "When I had the incident with the fire," refers to when he rushed into a building building to save a woman inside.
- “I am a geek nerd who happened to have a temporary period of jockiness,” explains his football career at Stanford.
- Horowitz says Booker "lets slip" a college story in which he talked down a potentially suicidal jumper "in front of the entire campus." You see, Booker wasn't talking about it himself, but everyone else was, so he's only saying that they were talking about.