Of course presidents lie
These presidents told massive lies but deceit is vital for presidential power, historians say. Even "Honest Abe" lied.
November 25th, 2013
05:50 AM ET
9 years ago

Of course presidents lie

(CNN) - "I cannot tell a lie."

That's the signature line from a classic American story. When the nation's first president was asked as a boy if he had chopped down his father's cherry tree, he didn't say "I can neither confirm nor deny those reports," or "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."


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  1. Evergreen

    What does a boy cutting down a cherry tree have to do with a President's response to questions? Was Washington asked if he had ever had to lie when leading his troops or as President?

    November 25, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Bigdoglv

    So CNN, now it's OK to lie to the American people because the rest did it? That water must be getting very heavy now.

    November 25, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. ST

    To me I do not take them as lies. I understand all of them (presidents) believed of what they said was true, but due to circumstances , things changed and they were forced not to stand on what they said right from the beginning.

    November 25, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Lie is not new to any one–all lie. At least that lie is not severe.

    November 25, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. S.B. Stein

    They are human like the rest of us. We just hope that they are more honest than the rest of us since they are our leaders.

    November 25, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. SheepInWolfClothing

    This is the first on to do it Habitually

    Thank goodness the veil of "most transparent administration in all time" is being lifted. This guy has lied to the American public all of the time. He has put the economy in the toilet, wasted billions of dollars funneled to his friends all of now bankrupt companies, gave the fattest web page development contract to his wife's college friend, error after error after error. The pattern is now past incompetence and clearly malicious destruction of the American ways to force in socialism. WAKE UP AMERICA The great divider is only willing to negatiate with our terroirst nataionl threats like Iran, Syria, but will not even have a discussion with the political party that represent half of this great country. How about that America, our president would rather yield and collaborate with dictators of Muslim countries than work with the country that made him possible……hmmmm

    November 25, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Some lies are worst than others. Such as "WMD." That lie costed us LIVES!!!!

    November 25, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. rs

    What about the GOP's lies? Remember their faux outrage over the Gettysburg address "scandal" last week? Funny, the ONLY President to so honor that speech in the way they accuse Mr. Obama of shying away from was one William Howard Taft.
    So, it isn't that Mr. Obama is the only President ever to avoid the pitfalls of stepping into Mr. Lincoln's shoes- it is in fact nearly ALL Presidents since Lincoln have avoided "celebrating" that speech.

    Presidents may lie, but the GOP lives in alternative reality.

    November 25, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |