Bill Clinton was walking along the White House fence when he came upon
a group of about a dozen boys, all of them between 10 and 12 years of
The group surrounded a dog. Concerned lest the boys were hurting the
dog, he went over and asked "What are you doing with that dog?"
One of the boys replied, "This dog is a neighborhood stray. We all
want him, but only one of us can take him home. So we've decided that
whichever one of us can tell the biggest lie will get to keep the
Of course, the president was taken aback. "You boys shouldn't be
having a contest telling lies!" he exclaimed. He then launched into a
ten minute sermon against lying, beginning,"Don't you boys know it's a
sin to lie," and ending with, "Why, when I was your age, I never told
There was dead silence for about a minute. Just as the president was
beginning to think he'd gotten through to them, the smallest boy
gave a deep sigh and said, "All right, give him the dog."