Dealing with a Former President Telling ‘Bald-Faced Lies’

By Tom Johnson

Jun 3, 2009 10:20am

Here are the quotes of the day:

"We are in a race against the clock in extremely difficult weather conditions and in a zone where depths reach up to 7,000 meters (22,966 feet)." — French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, on the effort to retrieve black boxes and other clues from the wreckage of Air France flight 447

“More than any other president in a generation, Obama enjoys a reservoir of goodwill in the region…(But) there is another reality, from hardscrabble quarters of Beirut and Cairo to war-wrecked neighborhoods of Baghdad, where distrust of the United States runs so deep that almost anything it pronounces, however eloquent, lacks credibility, imposing a burden on Obama to deliver something far. more than the unfulfilled pledges of Bush's speeches.” — Anthony Shadid, The Washington Post

“Dear Timmy, we are happy to be able to pay back the $25 billion you lent us. We hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did.” — JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, reading a mock letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, at a New York University conference on international investment

“We had to figure out how to deal with a former president who was just lying, engaging in bald-faced lies.” — Barack Obama, quoted in the new Richard Wolffe book "Renegade: The Making of a President", referring to former President Bill Clinton's statements on the campaign trail

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