The Fact Checker is away until August 27. We’re recharging our batteries in preparation for the Republican and Democratic conventions.

But we’ve left behind four one-minute videos that take a closer look at “gaffes” made by President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney. Find out what they really said — without the selective editing.

Why do the campaigns play such games? The answer is that the most politically effective use of such snippets is when they appear to reinforce existing stereotypes about an opposing candidate.

Romney: ‘Corporations are people, my friend.’

Obama: ‘You didn’t build that.’

Romney: ‘I like being able to fire people.’

Obama: ‘Private sector is doing fine.’

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