This video shows the most infamous political lies by U.S. presidents Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama.
Lying has become the norm for American presidents, but what happens when the falsehoods are perpetrated by the Oval Office? As is evidenced by the past few presidents, nothing happens to them.
Eric Alterman’s ‘When Presidents Lie‘ is a compelling historical examination of four post World War II presidential lies whose consequences were greater than could ever have been predicted. FDR told the American people that peace was secure in Europe, setting the stage for McCarthyism and the cold war. John F. Kennedy’s firm stance during the Cuban missile crisis masked his secret deal with the Soviet Union. Misrepresented aggression at the Gulf of Tonkin by the North Vietnamese gave LBJ the power to start a war. And Ronald Reagan’s Central American wars ended in the humiliation of the Iran-contra scandal and helped lead to George W. Bush’s “Post-Truth” Presidency.
What makes Presidents and others under the public microscope believe they can lie to the population of an entire country and get away with it? The answer is simple, because they can, and do get away with it!
“You’ve got to believe I’m innocent. If you don’t, take my job.” Richard M. Nixon.
“There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.” Gerald R. Ford.
“No new taxes.” George H.W. Bush.
“Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.” George W. Bush.
If past presidents are remembered for their signature achievements, Obama will be remembered for his signature lie:
“If you like your health care plan, blah, blah, blah.”
On the government pillaging of the AP journalist office phone records: “I didn’t know.”
On the IRS acts of persecution on the Tea Party: “I didn’t know.”
On the Fast and Furious ATF gun running scandal: “I didn’t know.”
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