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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,

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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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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Wow.
telewyo telewyo 7 years
Is it just me or does McCain's movie choice seem carefully chosen to portray his own character in a certain light while Obama is actually telling you which movies he just personally likes.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 7 years
Short answer: no.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
TS haha! I almost typed torg but I caught myself! So true about when candidates lie! :)
geebers geebers 7 years
Katie sucks - I don't really get why she is so famous. Anyway -I think that omission of something is a lie because it misleads people. However, it is really almost impossible for any President to truly not lie if that is the case. Sometimes you have to omit things in order to avoid causing panic.
stephley stephley 7 years
Katie is such a hard hitting journalist. :sick:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Well it is a given that any administration will be selective about the timing of information if they didn't need to be we wouldn't make stamps that read confidential and have closed door meetings. However, it is what they choose to omit upon the time of disclosure that could come back to shoot them in the foot.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Thats alright! I still think of cab as...haha I mean I still think of haus as cab.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
lol TORG (I'm not going quietly)
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
McCain has admitted to not knowing much about the economy but boy he can sure tell you about his favorite movie. Rehearsed much??
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
:ROTFL: True Song. It's only possible when you don't count lies of omission as lies, I think. I can't really think of a scenario where a President would have to tell a baldfaced lie to the American people for an ethical reason.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Well, she did ask when it's okay for the president to lie, not when it's okay for a candidate to lie, because we all know the answer that is, "When I'm behind in the polls."
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that in the minds of the president - they are just telling us what they think that we should hear or what they think that we want to hear - and in their heads it's not necessarily lying. it's just sculpting what we know. if you go to any other country and watch the news, you get such a full picture that's so much less biased that i would consider that to be the TRUTH - yet we don't get anything close to that - and not that it's lying persay - it's still not the truth. i don't know if we'll ever get to a point when we don't get lied to about something, but i think that it's partly becuase people don't always know the facts or the whole story before something is reported on and they tell us what they know in the hopes that it'll spur discussion
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Floppy! I love your av! I love Jim too!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Well, they have both already approved ads with lies, how does that fit in to this? :?
amybdk amybdk 7 years
(that's) WHAT SHE SAID! (I'm in agreement with hausfrau)
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 7 years
Is it just me or does the video not work?
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I guess it depends on if you qualify "not mentioning" as a lie. I know my parents always did! It didn't get me out of trouble even once! If you do qualify not mentioning as a lie, then its impossible for the President not to lie.
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