Here's something I think is both funny and sadly representative of
our President. We wish you all the best. Marna and I are OK here.
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?I believe families will be better off as a result of this.?
William Jefferson Clinton, September 15, 1998
Somewhere in America, next week:
DAD: Son, come in here. We need to talk.
SON: What?s up, dad?
DAD: There?s a scratch down the side of the car. Did you do it?
SON: I don?t believe, if I understand the definition of ?scratch the
that I can say, truthfully, that I scratched the car.
DAD: Well, it wasn?t there yesterday, and you drove the car last
and no one else has driven it since. How can you explain the scratch?
SON: Well, as I?ve said before, I have no recollection of
car. While it is true that I did take out the car last night, I
DAD: But your sister, Monica, has told me she saw you back the car
the mailbox at the end of the driveway, heard a loud scraping
you get out to examine the car, and then drive away. So again I?
you, yes or no, did you scratch the car?
SON: Oh, you mean you think you have evidence to prove I
Well, you see, I understood you to mean did ?I? scratch the car. I
by my earlier statement, that I did not scratch the car.
DAD: Are you trying to tell me that you didn?t drive the car
SON: Well, you see, sir, I was trying to drive the car into the
mishandled the steering of the car, and it resulted in direct
the mailbox, though that clearly was not my intent.
DAD: So, you are then saying that you did hit the mailbox?
SON: No, sir, that?s not my statement. I?ll refer you back to my
statement that I did not scratch the car.
DAD: But the car did hit the mailbox, and the car did get
scratched as a
result of this contact?
SON: Well, yes, I suppose you could look at it that way.
DAD: So you lied to me when you said you did not scratch the car?
SON: No. No, that?s not correct. Your question was, ?Did I
car?? From a legal definition, as I understand the meaning
sentence, I did not scratch the car? the mailbox did?I was merely
when the scratching occurred. So my answer of ?no? when you asked, ?
scratch the car?? was legally correct, although I did not
DAD: Where in the world did you learn to be such a smart aleck?
SON: From the President of the United States.
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