I recently wrote the following:
…even if the story were originally true, there's no way that Obama was president when it happened.
And then I stared at it, trying to figure out if the second phrase implied that it had happened. I thought about other ways to phrase it, …when it would've happened, etc, but everything felt more cumbersome than the original. Does the second phrase belie the subjunctive and make it sound as if the story is true? If so, how could I phrase it better?