Despite what we may think or expect out of the highest ranking and most respected people in the country, they are still human beings. For example, you might think that a doctor should be all prim and proper and perform with diligence and care. Do not be fooled. Even doctors do surgery after hangovers and copious amounts of drugs.
Pilots fly drunk all the time. Cops arrest the wrong people. Teachers are taking advantage of their students. Every single day crappy and unexpected things happen around us. And even the highest ranking of people get into error filled situations. And how do they react? Many times, with lies. Here are six of the biggest Presidential lies (I can’t imagine how many more “covered” Presidential lies there must be).
Harry Truman in 1945
“The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, in so far as possible, the killing of civilians.” Though Hiroshima was the headquarters of a number of military units, it was mostly a civilian city. In fact, Hiroshima was rated a low military priority by the U.S. Army; that’s why it hadn’t been bombed yet. 140,000 people, almost all civilians, died as a result of the bombing
*Nothing ever came of it or happened to Truman
John F. Kennedy in 1961
“I have previously stated and I repeat now that the United States intends no military intervention in Cuba.” Not only was the Bay of Pigs invasion organized and funded by the CIA, but Americans flew combat missions as well. One day after Kennedy made the above statement, an American pilot was shot down on a bombing mission over Cuba. Castro recovered the pilot’s bodies and kept it — frozen — for the next 18 years as proof.
Don’t get me wrong, Kennedy was a great guy, but he still more than likely cheated on his wife and certainly bent the truth from time to time.
Richard Nixon in 1974
“I am not a crook.” His famous quote about the denial of his Watergate involvement. Countless documents and transcripts proved otherwise and Nixon was impeached. This is perhaps one of the most famous lies in the history of America.
Ronald Reagan in 1986
“We did not — repeat — did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages — nor will we.” Reagan approved the sale of over 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iran in return for promises to release the American hostages there. Money from the sale of those weapons went to support the Contras’ war in Nicaragua.
Bill Clinton in 1998
Speaking after a White House presentation on child care, he told the nation, “I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” We all know Clinton tapped that more than once..
George Bush at WMD
“Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
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