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Is it Possible to Be President and Not Lie to Americans?

Who's a liar, liar pants-on-fire? Neither candidate apparently, according to answers given to Katie Couric as part of her "Presidential Questions" series. Couric asked last night, "Describe a situation when you think it's appropriate to lie to the American people." Here's what the candidates had to say:

Obama said of his truthiness policy, "You can put together a hypothetical where there is a national security emergency that is imminent, and you don't want to provide, for example, the location of our troops. You don't have to lie in those situations, you simply say, 'we're not answering questions.' I don't think it's appropriate to lie." He goes on to say he wants to change the "fudging" and the soft lies culture in Washington. Do you think the above description counts in this category?

McCain says he can't think of any real or logical scenario where he would feel compelled to lie to the American people, and when probed on the national security hypothetical, he says, "But if you deceive the American people and you want their support and you want them to beat back this national security challenge and you don't tell them the truth about it, then I think they become disillusioned. That's happened in the past." Hmm. I wonder how far "past?" It sounds so familiar. . .

The segment did reveal one critical detail — to see what it is,


The follow up question is about movies, and the candidates do have one crucial thing in common: their favorite movies both star Marlon Brando. Want to see Obama do a Marlon Brando impersonation? Check out 4:24.

Both candidates seemed firm on their respective "no fibbing" policies — but do you buy it? Do you think it's possible to be president and not stretch the truth?

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