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The Top Ten Lies a President Must Tell

The nomination of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan gives us an excellent opportunity to ruminate on the topic of presidential misspeaking.

Kagan continues to troll the halls of the Senate office buildings making “courtesy calls”  to various senators, eliciting positive noises even from some Republicans like Maine moderates Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. This can only juice bellyachers on the left who fret that because Kagan lacks a “paper trail” she may screw them once she’s on the court and pull weird shit like overturning Roe v. Wade.

Let’s be clear about one thing: Elena Kagan is going to vote so hard to sustain Roe that she’s going to knock the pacemakers out of half the Justices on the Court.

Kagan is fully known by all the Clintonista’s who worked intimately with her during the last Democratic administration and who now serve their new master, Obama. Several were recently corralled by Obama’s spin machine to correctly disabuse everyone of the notion that she might be a centrist.

And no one in their right mind believes Obama would ever appoint someone to the Supreme Court who might for a nanosecond think about overturning Roe v. Wade. Which brings us squarely to the topic at hand.

When any president nominates a Supreme Court Justice, his ideological opponents ritually demand that he declare there be no “litmus test” for the selection. And then he ritually pretends that there is none. Liberals, it appears, get greater psychic gratification out of this hollow exercise than conservatives, parading around their false assurance like cleanly carved scalp.

To his credit, Obama seems a little uncomfortable saying something he knows CANNOT POSSIBLY BE TRUE, stammering that he won’t have a litmus test but then making absolutely clear that he will.


Lying is an important part of what makes any politician successful. When they get to be president, politicians must continue lying to stay on top, keep fit, and have a successful presidency. Obama’s statement leads the following list of the Top Ten Lies a President Must Tell:

1. “I have no litmus test for my Supreme Court nominee.”

2. “I have a plan to balance the budget.”

3. “I have a plan for peace in the Middle East.”

4. “Mr. Prime Minister, the United States deeply values its relations with the Republic of Cameroon.”

5. “I haven’t formally decided yet whether to run for reelection” (first term only).

6. “I wouldn’t mind being a one-term president if it means doing what’s right” (first term only).

7. “This is not about me, it’s about the American people.”

8. “I’m pleased to welcome the Republican (or Democratic) leadership to the White House.”

9. “I support a strong dollar.”

10. “Politics has nothing to do with this.”

2 Responses to The Top Ten Lies a President Must Tell

  1. #7 reminds me of when Dick Gephardt, in Iowa in 2004, creepily and unconvincingly, started saying that his run wasn’t about him, he didn’t want to be president, he was an instrument for the people, etc. It was a little too messianic for my taste, and presumably for many of those who caucused, considering the results.

    Also, I’m a fan of Obama, but clearly his insistence that the health care reform that was passed wouldn’t enlarge the deficit was not true. I don’t think any intelligent person believed that, regardless of all the slick number-crunching that was trotted out.

    • Wasn’t aware of Gephardt. I guess he fancied himself a real populist. I agree with your second point, I don’t think people were fooled.