U.S. President by Lie

Everybody lies, sometimes. Guess which U.S. President uttered each untruthful statement.
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I did not have sexual relations with that woman
Bill Clinton
The Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most
lethal weapons ever devised
George W. Bush
And Mexico is paying for the wall, by the way
Donald Trump
You're not going to get Covid if you have these vaccinations
Joe Biden
If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan
Barack Obama
We did not, repeat, did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages, nor will we
Ronald Reagan
I have previously stated, and I repeat now, that the United States intends
no military intervention in Cuba
John F. Kennedy
Just put "____ _____, Plains, Georgia" on the envelope, and I’ll get it.
I open every letter myself and read them all.
Jimmy Carter
We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home
to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves
Lyndon B. Johnson
Read my lips: no new taxes
George H. W. Bush
Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars
Franklin D. Roosevelt
When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal
Richard Nixon
The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base
Harry S. Truman
I'm as strong as a bull moose
Theodore Roosevelt
Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory
and shed American blood upon the American soil
James K. Polk
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Level ∞
Jan 5, 2022
I would have loved to incorporate more earlier Presidents, but before TV and radio we only have their written statements to go on. Let me know if you have any quotes from earlier Presidents which are a clear and direct lie!
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Level 92
Jan 5, 2022
There is a typo on "Teddy" Roosevelt.
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Level ∞
Jan 5, 2022
Fixed
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Level 67
Jan 5, 2022
No one ever said you would never get covid with a vaccine. What has been said since day one is that vaccines prevent serious cases, hospitalizations and death. That continues to be true.
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Level 76
Jan 5, 2022
Maybe more of a gaffe than a lie, but Biden actually said it. Here's the link.
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Level ∞
Jan 5, 2022
All of these are direct quotations.
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Level 90
Jan 5, 2022
He said it. He lied. Trump lied. Obama lied. Johnson lied. Nixon lied. Enough of this - well, he’s from my party so it’s just a gaffe. If it’s a gaffe of that magnitude and it’s not a lie, then it’s indicative of a serious mental deficiency. Take your choice.
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Level 74
Jan 5, 2022
being incorrect is not the same thing as lying
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Level 90
Jan 5, 2022
As I noted, take your choice.
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Level 80
Jan 5, 2022
It's not a matter of choice, but analysis. Not every wrong statement is a lie. (and I'm not claiming anything about Biden or others)
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Level 90
Jan 5, 2022
Biden made an incorrect statement about a fundamental aspect of the COVID vaccination program that any conscious 12-year-old would know is untrue, given a year of constant news about the situation. Either he deliberately lied or he's ignorant/stupid/senile. Take your choice.

If you are going to give Biden the benefit of the doubt every time he opens his mouth and says a totally untrue thing, then I would like to see evidence that you granted Trump the same leeway. We know the answer to that.

Trump was/is an incorrigible liar since he obviously is not stupid. Biden is either a liar or stupid. Which is it - no more excuses.

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Level 76
Jan 6, 2022
He can't be of my party because I'm not American.

I assume that what Biden usually says is that vaccinations reduce the probability of infections and severe courses, and that what he said in the video is a stupid mistake. All politicians make these mistakes, whether one finds these politicians stupid or not.

I don't want to be too pedantic about the title though and as far as I'm concerned, the quote can stay on the quiz. The instructions mention untruthful statements, after all.

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Level 73
Jan 6, 2022
But he has said this more than once. He has also said multiple times that vaccinated people can't spread covid, as recently as December.
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
False equivalencies are just as dangerous as blind partisanship.
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
Also, French, your idea of what is "obvious" ... referenced above ... is obviously false... which casts doubt on most of what you say.
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Level 70
Jan 11, 2022
I believe that Biden was being deliberately misleading with his language. No matter whether he did it for the greater good or whatever, that pretty well fits the definition of a lie. As others mentioned, and as the quiz also subtly points out, all modern presidents have done it. Bush knew there weren't WMD in Iraq, but he believed that Iraq was a threat to democracy (which he was wrong about), so he deliberately misled the public for a cause he thought was sincere. Obama thought the ACA was the greater good for society, so he deliberately promised things he wasn't sure would get traction in congress, just so that there'd be enough public support to get the thing rolled through. Et cetera. None of those are on par with, say, a kid lying to a teacher about punching little Billy or cussing under the bleachers, but they are deliberately misleading statements in order to manipulate people into supporting an idea or taking a certain action, which is a lie.
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Level 59
Jan 16, 2022
I agree... except I'd say they're all much worse than lying to a teacher about punching Billy. They all harm a lot more people. How many people heard Biden say that you can't spread the virus if you're vaccinated, or that you can't catch COVID, and immediately thought "well I guess it's something else then. I'm off to visit Grandma."
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Level 56
Jan 12, 2022
Biden lies, but in his mental state, I doubt he even knows what he is saying. He also lied a lot about fracking in different states. Google that montage. His statement about not raising taxes on the middle class is a big stretch too, and constant flip-flopping over the years on many issues. He also dropped out of another earlier presidential run due to being caught in lying about being top of the class in college and plagiarizing speeches. President Brandon is simply a puppet of the globalists and the staff organizers like Ron Klain, etc. They don't even want him to talk or take questions.
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Level 88
Jan 5, 2022
Disagree with the Polk quote.

The US was claiming the land to the Rio Grande was part of Texas and thus property of the United States after Texas joined the US. This was in dispute with Mexico, but to say they weren't on US soil when the soldiers were shot kind of ignores the whole point of the war. We claimed it was part of Texas, but Mexico did not. What Polk and the majority of Congress believed was that they were on US soil when shot.

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Level 70
Jan 11, 2022
It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. ;)
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Level 45
Jan 12, 2022
It is well documented that the US took the most aggressive interpretation of what constituted Texas' territory in order to incite a war that would allow the US to take the western territories.

Saying Polk's statement was "true" reinforces the idea that the victor writes history. But, no one should kid themselves that it was "true" at the time Polk made this statement.

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Level 77
Jan 13, 2022
Saying "this is ours" despite having no good justification for it being so and then saying Mexico "invaded" your country when they entered disputed territory they had much more of a legitimate claim to is not a lie is big stretch my man.
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Level 58
Jan 21, 2022
Santa Anna gave that land north of the Rio Grande in the Treaty of Velasco. Since Texas claimed itself to be an independent nation with its border at the Rio Grande when the US absorbed Texas as a state, the US adopted those boundaries. So yes, the US should and would have thought that was American land.
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Level 76
Jan 5, 2022
Great idea for a quiz. Any chance of a UK/European version? E.g. Johnson re Brexit saving money for NHS or Blair re Iraqi WMD? On the request for lies from former presidents what about Washington? As it is believed that there was no cherry tree surely his statement that he cut it down is a lie.
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Level 67
Jan 11, 2022
Could be a whole quiz just for Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. He's not even telling the truth about his name!
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Level 70
Jan 5, 2022
I figured out Jimmy Carter's quote the hard way. I'm a big fan of him, and in 12th grade my AP Comparative Government teacher had us do a project where we sent letters to famous people about global issues, so I sent mine to him. I was really hoping to get a response from him, and when a letter came back from the Carter Center I was ecstatic! Then I opened and... it was just from some employee at the Carter Center, not Mr. President himself.

No hard feelings though; I just guess he's too busy building houses for the homeless to have time to respond to fan mail :)

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Level 52
Jan 5, 2022
"I cannot tell a lie."

- George Washington

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Level ∞
Jan 5, 2022
He never actually said that, though.
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Level 68
Jan 6, 2022
You're lying.
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Level 56
Jan 6, 2022
No, it’s on famous misquotes quiz
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Level 57
Jan 11, 2022
Do we know for certain that he didn't say it, though?
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Level 83
Jan 5, 2022
So FDR was promising to only fight on American soil? If so, I'm glad he broke that promise.
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Level 77
Jan 6, 2022
I also wouldn't consider it a lie considering that Japan attacked and Germany declared war on the US, no longer making WW2 a 'foreign war'. A better example would be Wilson saying that the US would not join WW1.
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Level 70
Jan 11, 2022
Japan certainly attacked, but the gravity of their attack is a little overrepresented by popular history. Hawaii was like American Samoa at the time. Hawaii had been its own country for a very long time, then was annexed by the USA and remained a territory for economic reasons (so that labour laws from the USA proper would not need to be applied). Military bases were set up there as a matter of strategic convenience (as they are), and, although there were a couple of movements for statehood, they were not backed by any wealthy nor politically powerful people, so, in 1941, no one realistically expected Hawaii to ever become a state. It wasn't until the late 1950's, with the rise in prominence of the working class, that the workers on sugar plantations were able to unite behind the idea of statehood for better rights, that Hawaii became a state. No other island nation under US protection has become a US state.
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Level 67
Jan 11, 2022
I mean it was still an attack on American soil. Like imagine what would happen if someone attacked Puerto Rico or something like that.
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Level 70
Jan 11, 2022
@bostjan The attack on Pearl Harbor killed over two thousand American soldiers, I suppose that is why Americans felt they were attacked as a country, regardless whether they were very attached to Hawaii or not. They didn't even lose Hawaii in the attack after all.
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Level 69
Jan 11, 2022
I mean they deliberately framed the attack as an invasion of "Pearl Harbor", despite the Philippines, Guam, Malaysia and other territories being attacked basically simultaneously in an explicit effort to get Americans to actually feel they were attacked as a country, rather than it just being some vague attack on Asian territories.

The government and military probably knew they were going to end up at war with Japan eventually anyways, and the Japanese certainly knew it.

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Level 70
Jan 12, 2022
@Badeghut @tourwoorden - I'm not saying that the attack was small potatoes, I'm just pointing out that the attack on Pearl Harbor is not the grand Japanese invasion of the USA that modern pop culture makes it out to be. We were building a very strong military presence in the Pacific at the time in order to threaten the Japanese. As soon as the USSR signed a non-aggression treaty with Japan, the USA was supplying weapons to China so that they could beat the Japanese. The Japanese were definitely the bad guys, but the USA didn't just sit peacefully on the sidelines; the escalation into WWII was fairly steady from the outset. We like to put a pin in the Pearl Harbor attack as the "event" that triggered everything, in retrospect, but that's extremely oversimplified and kind of misses basically the entire mindset of the era.
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Level 43
Jan 18, 2022
I agree, it isn't a foreign war if Japan attacked US soil
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2022
@Bostjan: You’re forgetting Japan also attacked the Philippines in force on the same day (along with many other places). The Philippines, which was a US territory, was considered absolutely vital to American military power. There was no way for the US to simply shrug off the Japanese attacks on Hawaii, the Philippines, and throughout the Pacific.
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Level 70
Jan 12, 2022
There's only so much space to write. I think it all goes along with the same point I was trying to make.
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Level 86
Jan 5, 2022
Is the Nixon one really a lie? Or just being wrong?
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Level 87
Jan 6, 2022
It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. ;-)
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Level ∞
Jan 6, 2022
Yes, it's a lie. Laws apply to everyone, including the President.
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Level 85
Jan 7, 2022
Nixon thought otherwise. And as George Costanza once said, "It's not a lie if you believe it!" (Great quiz, by the bye.)
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Level 76
Jan 11, 2022
Surely a lie is always a lie. If you believe a statement that is false then you don't lie yourself but the statement is a lie nonetheless
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Level 85
Jan 11, 2022
What makes an untrue statement a lie is the intent to deceive. So not all untrue statements are lies. That said, I'm not really arguing the point in this particular case because I don't entirely believe Nixon believed what he was saying. Bad faith greatly complicates and subtilizes the action of lying.
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Level 54
Jan 11, 2022
Seems like we need a definition for the term "lie" :D

My definition would be:

If someone says something that he knows is wrong with the intent to deceive someone, it is a lie.

If he believes in what he says, it's not al lie, but a mistake.

If it is meant as a joke or just sarcasm, it's just that.

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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
The former attorney general agreed with Nixon and would call this not a lie but Constitutional interpretation. Of course... well... if I describe the former attorney general or anyone in that administration accurately there's an extremely high chance I'm going to get censored so... yeah. whatever.
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Level 68
Jan 21, 2022
His best lie was "I am not a crook"

But I am not american and I don't really care.

good Quiz thou. Every country deserves.obe of these.

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Level 72
Jan 5, 2022
Really? You're counting the Bull Moose quip as a lie? Really? Claiming to have nothing to do with Panama declaring independence from Colombia might qualify as an actual lie. Certainly not the Bull Moose joke.
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Level ∞
Jan 6, 2022
Fund the quote about Panama and I'll change it! I know he lied about it, but I can't find a direct quotation.
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Level 41
Jan 11, 2022
He did have asthma
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Level 76
Jan 6, 2022
Lincoln could possibly be added to the list for the at best misinformation and at worst a lie in there somewhere: https://time.com/5896683/lincoln-civil-war-misinformation/
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Level ∞
Jan 6, 2022
I see that you found the same article I did when searching. There's no quotations that I can find which contain a lie.
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Level 76
Jan 6, 2022
I haven't bought the book :) also tricky one because the author wasn't trying to present an unbiased account of events, there was a clear focus on the theme of the book as per the title.
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2022
Lincoln also lied when he wrote an op ed to Horace Greeley to publish for his Herald Tribune in August 1862 saying that he hadn’t decided to free the slaves yet, when we know from a cabinet meeting he had one month earlier in July that he decided to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and have it become law if the South did not surrender before January 1st, 1863. In fact, he’d only decided to wait to issue the preliminary Emancipation because his Secretary of State, William H. Seward, convinced him to wait for a military victory. That would come in September at Antietam. One month after the op-ed.

I’m not judging him for this artful lie - he is my favorite and, I believe, the best president - just saying he wasn’t entirely honest when he acted as if his mind wasn’t made up yet when we know it was. He also lied again when he said he didn’t know there was a Confederate peace mission sent by Jefferson Davis in the winter of 1865, using artful language like, ‘As far as I know.’

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Level 78
Jan 6, 2022
Love this quiz. America is as religious as ever, some of us have just swapped political parties for our churches.
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Level 90
Jan 7, 2022
I was actually having a conversation about this with a lawyer friend of mine a couple months ago. He was making the argument that the elephant and donkey should be classified as religions, and once that happens they could be stripped of a lot of their power and funding, since the anti-establishment clause would force their fundraising to be removed from IRS tax returns. It was a fun rabbit-hole to go down, even if it's not likely.
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Level 35
Jan 6, 2022
Actually impressive how they manage to get away with this stuff.... How do they do it???
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Level 56
Jan 12, 2022
A complicit media helps many of them, and they work for the bankers, Fed Reserve, CFR, Trilateral Commission, Vatican, globalists, and Israel. If you cross too many of those cabals, you can't even be president, and most are related to royals or elites. JFK was the last serious president who tried to cross the deep state elites, and you see how that went. None of them are ever held accountable for anything. The president is just the tip of the iceberg, being pressured or rewarded by the families who actually control most levers of power.
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Level 69
Jan 6, 2022
McKinley has a few things that you could include. One thing that would be appropriate is, "...there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them...". This is humorously stupid and untrue since the Philippines were already extremely Christian, making the justification of Christianizing this poor heathen nation a total lie. And since it's about taking over the Philippines, it's a good hint to who would be the answer.
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2022
McKinley was also anti-war/imperialism, basing it on his nightmarish experiences serving in the Civil War, until it was advantageous for America to fight the Spanish-American War and to take possession of places like Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Then he was Mr. Imperialist.
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Level 69
Jan 11, 2022
He actually dragged his feet in his opponents’ point of view. American public sentiment was more sympathy for Cuba than anything else, and I bet that’s why McKinley wanted war with Spain. I bet he was left with a bitter taste in his mouth from taking their colonies instead of giving them independence.
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Level 60
Jan 6, 2022
Mrs. Clinton said she was always a Yankee fan. Oh, guess I missed the qualifyer.
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Level 73
Jan 7, 2022
I'm not convinced Teddy Roosevelt's quote is actually a lie
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2022
Did they ever have a wrestling match to decide once and for all?
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Level 66
Jan 8, 2022
Good quiz. I suggest changing the title from "lie" to "untruth", as "lie" suggests that the speaker knew it was false when they said it.
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Level 66
Jan 11, 2022
I must have missed it when a Bull Moose bested Teddy in a bout
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Level 57
Jan 11, 2022
Great quiz!
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Level 76
Jan 11, 2022
How about Washington's quote 'it is impossible to govern the world without God'. A number of European countries have been doing so pretty well for quite a while now.
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2022
Well I think Washington would say that God is still there though? His Deity that is.
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Level 76
Jan 11, 2022
Well, my appendix is still there but I could hardly be said to need it to live, but I take your point.
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Level 59
Jan 11, 2022
Ah this is such a refreshing quiz. Reminds me that all politics is a bit of a sham so all the party tribalism is even stupider. Short live all presidents LOL
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Level 50
Jan 11, 2022
Amen to that! I'm laughing hardcore at everything here
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Level 43
Jan 11, 2022
Only missed the one by T. Roosevelt.

Great quiz, also very much non-partisan.

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Level 51
Jan 11, 2022
What specifically is wrong with Teddy Roosevelt's?
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
QM doesn't understand what a simile is.
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Level 61
Jan 11, 2022
Great quiz. Some of these, though, are less lies, I would say, than broken promises (e.g. the FDR & HW Bush quotes). And, seriously, how can there be a quiz of lies by US presidents and not have "“I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” ?!
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
Hard to pick out just one lie for someone who issues literally dozens if not hundreds a day.
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
Easy. Some of these were reaching, to call them "lies," though.

The Biden quote is basically true. It's like saying "don't buy a lottery ticket. You're not going to win." Is this true for the large majority of people hearing it? Yes. For everyone? Maybe not. Does that make it a "lie." Not my any reasonable definition of the word.

In the case of the Obama and Bush Sr. quotes, I think they were probably intended to be true, but, later, political realities set in beyond their direct control.

In Nixon's case, I don't think he was lying in this particular instance so much as expressing his own psychopathy. A better one for him might have been "I am not a crook."

and finally in the case of Teddy Roosevelt... that was more boast than lie, obviously... and... I'm not sure that one wasn't also true.

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Level 70
Jan 11, 2022
The Biden one is not true. "You're not going to get covid if you have these vaccinations." At the time he said that, it was already well known in the scientific community that immunity wore off within weeks or maybe months. It was also popular knowledge that the vaccine (as any vaccine is) was not quite 100% effective. It was also very widely known among the medical and scientific communities that SARS-CoV-2 was very rapidly mutating, and that the first identified mutations were in the spike proteins, meaning that the virus was almost certain to mutate its way around the vaccine. If someone like you or I said that, it'd be one thing, but the president, who has millions of dollars per year worth of medical and scientific advisors has no such excuse. He clearly said what he said to get people to take their vaccines, and, at the time, it was not even known that vaccines would be as effective as they are at long term severe symptom prevention. That's why it's a misleading statement.
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
Maybe try rereading what I already wrote. Not even close to being a lie. Not 100% accurate? Sure. Those are different things. I would evaluate this statement as mostly true. Non-partisan fact-checkers Politifact rank it as "half true".
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Level 78
Jan 11, 2022
"nonpartisan". Lol
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Level 67
Jan 11, 2022
PolitiFact is nonpartisan. That's the whole point of it.
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Level 70
Jan 12, 2022
Yeah, I read what you wrote. You are saying that the untrue statement was actually true, which is incorrect. I suggest you do a little research. I don't care what political pundits say about anything vaguely scientific, regardless of how partisan or not they are. A covid vaccine never was believed by the medical community, nor the scientific community (both of which advise Biden) to be 100% protection against covid, which is what Biden claimed. It's not some sort of loophole or technicality, it's flat out about what he intended when he said what he said and how untruthful he understood it to be at the time he said it. Maybe there's some wiggle room in his intent, but there's a ton of evidence that points strongly to his intent being to manipulate.
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2022
Any person or organisation who does not self-identify as having an allegiance to a political party can call themselves non-partisan. No fact-checker is going to declare an allegiance to a political party if they want to be believed, and this does not make an arbitrary ranking system that uses such subjective descriptors as "half-true" any more objective.
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Level 70
Jan 11, 2022
The Bush Sr. one is certainly a lie. Take the context into account: "And I'm the one who will not raise taxes. My opponent now says he'll raise them as a last resort, or a third resort. But when a politician talks like that, you know that's one resort he'll be checking into. My opponent won't rule out raising taxes. But I will. And the Congress will push me to raise taxes and I'll say no. And they'll push, and I'll say no, and they'll push again, and I'll say, to them, Read my lips: no new taxes." He's saying that, under no circumstances whatsoever, he will not allow congress to raise taxes, period. By the end of his first year in office, the federal deficit was growing historically, and he was given the choice to either allow congress to raise taxes or to cut the defense budget (this was also after the Cold War had ended); Bush Sr. decided to raise taxes. In order to justify the large defense budget, the Iraq war was started. The whole entire thing was a huge lie.
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
Again. Try re-reading what I already wrote. A year after he made this statement, he caved. But at the time he made it, he meant it. To my mind, a broken promise also is not a lie, if at the time you made the promise you meant it earnestly. He obviously had no plans to invade Iraq in 1988, 2 years before Iraq had invaded Kuwait.
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Level 70
Jan 12, 2022
He rose taxes before Iraq invaded Kuwait, though. Look, if I gave a speech, during which I stated emphatically, that I would never ever eat an animal, and then, at my next meal, I couldn't find anything to eat except for a stick of beef jerky, and I ate the beef jerky, it would fully prove that I had grossly misrepresented my commitment to my promise. That's essentially what Bush did. At the very first budget negotiation after his inauguration, he put tax hikes on the table with only a little hesitation. Considering the quote I provided, that is pretty darn clear that he was misrepresenting his commitment to his promise. Again, this is really not some sort of thing I'm trying to weasel an argument out of- it's a clear popular understanding.
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Level 70
Jan 11, 2022
The Obama one is only a little nuanced. He said the quote. He reiterated that point hundreds of times in documented interviews not only before the law was passed, but also after. Once it was concretely proven to be less than true, Obama's big lie was that he tried to retroactively correct the statement: "What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed." Except, what he said that he said was well documented to be nothing like what he had actually said. It would be like the Bush Sr. case above, except, if Bush Sr. came back in 1991 and said "What I actually said was that I wasn't going to raise taxes unless we had to cut defense budgets." That's not just a lie, but it's deliberately and unsuccessfully trying to gaslight the public, which, from the position of assessing someone's character, is far worse. But, in Obama's case, he had to mislead the public in order to drum up support for the legislation in order to get it rolled through.
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2022
That's not what gaslighting is.

But, yes, after the Affordable Care Act was eventually signed into law, Obama said some less than perfectly straightforward things to try and make himself look better. However, in regards to the original statement quoted in the quiz above, I believe he meant it to be truthful same as the example with Bush above.

Bush Sr. broke a promise. Obama tried to cover his ass. I don't think that either action retroactively makes the statement they made in the past a lie. In both cases reasonable people could disagree with my interpretation... it's not as cut and dry as the fact that Biden wasn't lying. Inferring that to be a lie is unreasonable.

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Level 70
Jan 12, 2022
Attempted gaslighting means attempting to make someone doubt their own mental capacity in order to manipulate them. Maybe I'm making it sound more sinister than what it really is, but to me, that seems like the intent was for him to save face by misrepresenting what he previously said hundreds of times in recorded interviews and speeches as if no one would recall clearly enough. Obama actually lied a lot about a lot of his campaign promises. Yes, I said "lied," because he promised things that any reasonable person would understand that they would not be able to deliver. Maybe we all misunderstood how reasonable and logical he was and he truly thought that he could close Gitmo and the people interned there would magically evaporate. Anyway, the point is, that if you say something you know to be untrue, and your goal is to get people to believe that untrue statement, it is a lie. All three cases were people saying something they ought to have known was untrue to get elected. Lies.
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Level 56
Jan 12, 2022
No, it isn't "basically true". It isn't even close. The vaccines don't keep anyone from catching or spreading Covid. Fauci is also a liar and should be in prison for his role. The entire debacle is criminal on many levels. We helped fund China to create and weaponize viruses that can kill people, and then we aren't really ever going to hold anyone accountable, and probably continue funding such research, and then censor anyone from even addressing it, while destroying the economy, schooling, and peoples' lives. Whether released accidentally or on purpose, we all know that it came from the Wuhan lab, and is being used to further the Great Reset and NWO plans that have been in the works, but now greatly accelerated. Anyone who denies this is living in a dream world. Biden is also clearly a puppet of the people who actually run our country now, and his appearances are comically pathetic. Silver Alert...Silver Alert... I've fallen and I can't get up...
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Level 56
Jan 14, 2022
“We all know it came from a Wuhan lab”

Speak for yourself, that’s obviously a false conspiracy theory.

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Level 69
Aug 17, 2022
You chose the username bozoclown, eh? Fair warning I guess.
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Level 71
Jan 11, 2022
Polk...that one separates the men from the boys.
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Level 57
Jan 11, 2022
Amazingly, I got that one and I'm not American. There's a catchy song by They Might be Giants with the line "Mr James K Polk the 11th President". So if anyone ever asks me who the 11th president of the USA was, I know the answer. Not that it comes up much.
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Level 60
Jan 11, 2022
In that it literally separates people who haven't taken 10th grade US history from people who have?
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Level 53
Jan 11, 2022
You could add Eisenhower saying that the U2 spy plane shot down over Russia was just a weather research aircraft

Also when Lincoln said that "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." in the Gettysburg Address, when the Gettysburg address is literally one of the most famous speeches of all time. (Obviously not a lie, as he didn't know how famous his speech would become, but still)

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Level 28
Jan 12, 2022
Did Eisenhower actually say that? You are right that the CIA cover story was that it was a weather observer gone of course. But is there a quote from Ike saying that for this quiz?
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Level 53
Jan 12, 2022
According to History.com: Officials in the Eisenhower administration believed that little evidence of the plane’s espionage mission had survived the crash, so they responded that the aircraft was merely a weather plane that had accidentally flown off course.

Wikipedia: Eisenhower could admit responsibility for the U-2 flight, and likely ruin any chances for détente at the Paris Summit, or he could continue to deny knowledge and indicate that he did not control his own administration.

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Level 53
Jan 12, 2022
It wasn't just the CIA's cover-up story. His own administration told the Soviets the same thing, before Ike himself had to retract his statement.
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Level 57
Jan 11, 2022
I've always taken issue with Obama's statement being considered a lie. The PPACA didn't directly take away people's coverage. The insurers canceled the policies rather than comply with the law. Obama and Congress only have control over what the law says. It's the insurance companies that screwed people out of coverage. That being said, I suppose the law could have had stricter penalties on canceling coverage but I'm sure if that ever came up it would have been negotiated out of the bill by lobbyists for the insurance companies.
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Level 90
Jan 13, 2022
He lied. If I say that you don't have to change your doctor, but it's going to cost you so much money that it's not feasible to keep her, I'm not responsible for your having to drop your doctor? He and his advisors knew damn well that companies (I was on the health care committee of mine when this was passed) insurance companies, and individuals for that matter would have to change their policies/service providers in order to try to keep the cost of health insurance from skyrocketing beyond control. But of course that made convenient to pass the blame onto those parties instead of admitting that Obamacare caused the situation. This is one of the reasons why this country is slowly coming apart - the sheep won't hold politicians, regardless of political party, responsible for their LIES because they just pass the blame for the consequences of their actions on to other people and the sheep believe them.
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Level 50
Jan 11, 2022
Hats off to you QuizMaster. Great quiz! I am laughing all the way down from the answers, plus the comments!
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Level 66
Jan 11, 2022
Nice to get the hardest one on your first guess. I was prepared to rattle off a dozen or so presidents.
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Level 85
Jan 11, 2022
Thomas Jefferson wrote that "all men are created equal." He also owned slaves. The statement is true, but TJ lied when he wrote it. (Not recommending inclusion of "all men are created equal" as a lie on this quiz, obviously. Just thinking.)
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Level 48
Jan 12, 2022
I'm not convinced that the one by Teddy Roosevelt is a lie...
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Level 66
Jan 12, 2022
Not a fan of this quiz at all. Divisive, provocative, and way too political - all the things I come to Jetpunk to try to avoid. Hell, I prefer the arguments around whether or not Cyprus is in Europe, or Asia, or the flipping Antarctic over whether various presidents - in recent history - have intentionally lied, or not. Ill-conceived is the most charitable thing I would say about this particular quiz, at this particular time.

I wish there was a way of rating a quiz on Jetpunk as worthy of removal.

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Level 67
Jan 13, 2022
Spot on.

I come on to Jetpunk for temporary escape from all the nonsense going on in the world. Good taste should dictate that contemporary politics and politicians be avoided.

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Level 76
Jan 13, 2022
I ignore NBA quizzes because I don't care about basketball, if you don't like political quizzes suggest you similarly ignore them. Calling for a quiz you don't like to be removed is frankly ridiculous.
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Level 59
Jan 16, 2022
To me, this was anything *but* divisive! "All politicians lie." You can't find a truer idea than that in the world. Sure, people will come into the comments and start yowling about how comparing anything to Trump is a "false equivalency" or how no, the election actually *was* stolen... but the quiz itself was, in my mind, a tool for togetherness. Even the people who react badly and start slinging dung at each other are together in their mutual irrationality. :)
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Level 58
Jan 13, 2022
I would not say Teddy Roosevelt was a lie. The man was SHOT IN THE CHEST and he continued giving a speech for some time till he finished. And I think it was his Vice President that said that death came to him in his sleep, because otherwise he would not go down without a fight.
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Level 37
Jan 14, 2022
Great quiz!
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Level 57
Jan 14, 2022
A common theme in this quiz:

President: "We're not going to get involved in any foreign wars or conflicts."

*almost immediately does so*

It's funny how that works, though a few of them (e.g. the FDR quote) were certainly justified

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Level 59
Jan 16, 2022
This quiz made me smile.
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Level 66
Feb 2, 2022
isnt the bull moose one a bit silly? surely nobody ever interpreted that literally? i'm hardly lying if i say "i spilled the beans" and i didnt literally spill beans
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Level ∞
Feb 2, 2022
It's silly and I like it. It stays.
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Level 74
Feb 3, 2022
I agree. Robin Williams would never knowingly utter a falsehood.