THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: The Truth Must Out

One of the many reasons evasion of the truth is not a good idea in the presidency these days is that it does not work.

Duplicity lay at the heart of both our modern political tragedies—Viet Nam and Watergate. It came in many forms. There was Richard Nixon's audacious attempt to fool 70 million television viewers about his role in the political scandal, and there was Lyndon Johnson's budgetary sleight of hand to disguise $10 billion in war costs. In between there were fibs and fudges, convenient losses of memory, tampering with records, feigned confusion and phony definitions of words...

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