“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.” – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785 (John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations, 1980)
“You wonder if it’s a failure to listen or an impulse to deceive. . . The question is, is there a basic personality flaw there that will make it more difficult for him to be president? Is there a tendency to exaggerate? Is there a tendency to reconstruct the past? When you start counting on the fingers of both hands you start to say maybe there’s a pattern here.” - Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communications (The Boston Globe, 4/11/00)
“Please get your facts straight. If you want to be president of the United States, you better start by being accurate.” - Michael Dukakis to Al Gore (1988 Democratic Presidential Debate, 2/18/88)
Tired of enduring Al Gore’s endless misrepresentation of the truth during the 2000 Democratic primary, in December, candidate Bill Bradley’s campaign issued a pamphlet dealing with Gore’s inability to tell the truth:
“The [Bradley] pamphlet, which addressed the issue of prescription drugs, accuses Gore of ‘uncontrollable lying,’ a disease described as ‘Gore-itis’. . . . The pamphlet, labeled a ‘prescription form,’ describes a mock disease requiring a treatment with truth serum. ‘Al Gore needs to tell the truth,’ it said.” (The Associated Press, 12/11/99)
Al Gore’s Problems with the Truth
While Bill Bradley subsequently apologized to Gore for the pamphlet, Time magazine noted it was because he was “furious that his campaign had descended to Gore’s level.” (Time, 12/20/99) What Gore has lacked over the years in creative and innovative policies, he has made up for in creative and innovative storytelling. Even his own staff warned him in 1988 that his “main pitfall is exaggeration.” (CBSNews.com, 1/30/00) However, no matter how creative and innovative Gore’s stories are, they are not honest. Here is a collection of some of the best of Al Gore’s lies and exaggerations.
Al Gore Lies and Exaggerates About Almost Anything: