Singular or plural?

Bill Palmer w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET
Tue Dec 29 20:14:04 UTC 2009

In a story reporting the location of prior chief executives at times of national crisis (occasioned by the recent attempt to bomb a NWA flight), CBS reported, "President Reagan was on vacation when the Marine barracks in Beirut were bombed in 1983".  I would have used "was".  But I don't really know which is appropriate.

Bill Palmer

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