Lies My Presidents Told Me

The fine art of political prevarication is nothing less than ordinary, everyday lying writ large

Three great presidential lies: I am not a crook. I will never lie to you. I did not have sexual relations with that woman.

All first person. All simple declarative sentences. All uttered knowing the statement was false.

That's what a lie is.

In 1960, when the Russians shot down Gary Powers' U2 spy plane, it was the Secretary of State, not President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who claimed a weather-research plane had gone off course. "So intense was the desire to not have the President lie," says presidential historian Michael Beschloss, "to not break the bond of trust with the American...

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