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.
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.
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.
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.
I can say I am owed $10,000 for a service I provided and the customer may disagree with that amount and we go to court to settle the dispute. Doesn't mean I "lied" when I said I was owed $10,000, it just means someone else disputed it.
Polk claimed Texas north of the Rio Grande as US soil. Mexico claimed that land was theirs. Thus it was in dispute, but again, not a "lie" by definition.
No hard feelings though; I just guess he's too busy building houses for the homeless to have time to respond to fan mail :)
- George Washington
The government and military probably knew they were going to end up at war with Japan eventually anyways, and the Japanese certainly knew it.
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.
But I am not american and I don't really care.
good Quiz thou. Every country deserves.obe of these.
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.’
Great quiz, also very much non-partisan.
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.
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.
Speak for yourself, that’s obviously a false conspiracy theory.
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)
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.
I wish there was a way of rating a quiz on Jetpunk as worthy of removal.
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.
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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