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Advice to presidential hopefuls: Tell the truth

Nov 20, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

"I can't tell a lie, Pa; you know I can't tell a lie."

Those words, attributed to George Washington at the age of 6, appeared in the fifth edition of Mason Locke Weems' "The Life of Washington," published in 1806.

In case you've forgotten the details of the story: Young George cut down a cherry tree, and when confronted by his father, he confessed, "I did cut it with my hatchet." Even as a kid, the nation's first president knew that lying was wrong. He told the truth.

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