If Hillary Clinton can’t convincingly tell a reporter that she’s “not a crook,” as Richard Nixon proclaimed or, in as Jimmy Carter did that he would never lie to the American people,” how will she fare when she’s interviewed by the FBI? They might arguably be a little tougher and a little more determined than a member of what has always been a relatively Clinton-friendly press.
Hillary Clinton is as Honest As Hussein Obama – She’d Never Lie To Us, Right?
CBS’s Scott Pelly interviewed the former Secretary of State and Democrat candidate and may have surprised her with the honesty question, a topic that Clinton would probably like to keep off limits. She’s pressed into a no-win situation. How can she state that she never did or will lie to the American people when to do so would be lying to the American people?
Pelly asked, “You know in ’76 Jimmy Carter famously said “I will not lie to you.” Clinton picked up from there, saying, “Well, I have to tell you, I have tried in every way I know how, literally from my years as a young lawyer all the way through my time as secretary of state to level with the American people.”
Pelly digs a little deeper, saying, “You talk about leveling with the American people, have you always told the truth?” Clinton’s immediate reflexive response is equivalent to a “no,” saying, “I’ve always tried to, always, always.”
Pelly’s shovel is getting a workout as he digs once more, saying, “Some people are going to call that wiggle room that you just gave yourself, always, always tried to. I mean Jimmy Carter said I will never lie to you.”
Clinton’s body language is clearly defensive and deceptive by that point as she struggles to keep from answering while providing just enough to make him be quiet. Like a little girl lying about getting into mommy’s make up, Clinton says, “No, I’ve always tried.” Recognizing that it’ time to fall back to the next line of defense, Clinton says, “You know you’re asking me to say ‘have I ever,’ I don’t believe I ever have. I don’t believe I ever have, I don’t believe I ever will. I’m going to do the best I can to level with the American people.”
Mrs. Clinton can add one more don’t believe to those she just rattled off. The American people, at least those of us with a fair amount of discernment, don’t believe something else: Her claims of truthfulness.