1998 Prevaricator of the Year™ Bill Clinton
WASHINGTON: In a race to nail down a top spot in the NIP Prevaricator of the Year Awards™ the Clinton handlers have contacted the NIP to stake their claim on the 1998 Posthumorous category. We here at the NIP agree with them that 1998 holds a special place in the heart of all prevaricator watchers for his statement, recorded in grand jury testimony leading up to impeachment proceedings:
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement….Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.” Footnote 1128 in Starr Report
Classic obfuscation. Trivial by modern congressional standards of course, but noteworthy due to the statement’s notoriety. (The NIP wishes today’s Congress would police themselves as well as they policed President Clinton back in 1998.)
So Mr. President, 1998 belongs to you.