Looking around the Internet this morning, I stumbled across a story from realsimple.com in which so-called experts gave their opinion on methods they use to tell if someone is lying to them. Since we have a president that is well versed in the art of not telling the truth, I decided to see if we could use any of these methods on Obama to learn if they work.
The first tip, given by a retired FBI criminal profiler and a crime analyst, was this:
A Person’s Demeanor Or Voice Radically Changes
As an investigator, I first try to assess how someone normally speaks. To do that, I begin an interview by asking questions that I know the answers to, like “What’s your full name?” or “Where do you live?” Some folks are naturally animated and talk fast; others are more subdued. Once I know which type of talker a person is, I start asking him questions that I don’t know the answer to. If his manner shifts abruptly—going from calm to agitated or lively to mellow—chances are he’s not telling the truth.
It reminded me of how the president’s demeanor and voice changed at a few months back when he was speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Dinner, as he shifted his dialect relate to a black audience.
Watch this clip, especially toward the end when he instructed the crowd to “take off their bedroom slippers and put on their marchin’ shoes” and “stop complain’, stop grumblin’ and stop cryin’.” You decide:
The second tip, from a communications professor, was this:
A Person Avoids Saying “I”
In my research, I’ve discovered that when people fib about themselves, they tend to use I and me less often than people who are being truthful. Instead, they’ll speak about themselves in the third person (“This is a girl who loves to ski”) or even truncate their language (“Really into listening to jazz”)—anything to give themselves psychological distance from the lie.
Well Obama certainly passes this test. As this story attests, Obama said “I” and “me” about 1,200 times in 41 speeches. Maybe the professor wasn’t gauging fibbers who are narcissistic.
The third tip is from a high school teacher from Los Angeles, who says that people who are not telling the truth are know-it-alls:
A Person Has An Answer For Everything
Ask most people what they were doing last week and they’ll have to pause and think about it. That’s even more true of teenagers, who generally don’t have the capacity to tell an elaborate story on the fly. So when I call a child into my office and he seems totally rehearsed—there’s zero hesitation before he answers a question—well, that’s a dead giveaway.
Well, it does seem that our president always has an answer and those answers always seem to deviate from the truth. In this video, he manages to work in 16 lies in under three minutes. I didn’t count the lies and I’m skeptical. I have a hard time believing the number of fibs is that low:
Next, we have a relationship therapists who says that people who are lying generally have nervous habits:
A Person Fidgets And Fusses For No Reason
If someone keeps performing a random physical action that seems unnecessary—cleaning her glasses excessively, retying her shoelaces, or dusting off the (clean) table in front of her—she may be lying. The guilt and anxiety make her restless. That can be particularly true if she is lying to somebody she loves. When a person fibs to a traffic cop, she won’t necessarily fidget a lot. But if she is deceiving her husband, she won’t be able to sit still.
I can’t say that I’ve noticed Obama fidgeting, but he sure seems to stutter a lot when he is away from the teleprompter and sometimes in front of it:
Here is the last tip you can use to spot a fibber, which is given by the president of a company that trains law-enforcement investigators:
A Person Proclaims His Honesty Repeatedly
To sell us on the integrity of their answers, liars often use phrases emphasizing the validity of their statements, like “to tell the truth” and “to be perfectly honest.” These verbal tip-offs frequently invoke religion. Think of expressions like “I swear on a stack of Bibles” and “as God is my witness.” Most truthful people don’t need to go that far.
Now that you mention is, the president DOES use the phrases “to tell the truth” and “to be perfectly honest” a lot. Have you ever noticed this?
In this last video, shot when he was running for president the last time around, he crams seven lies into two minutes while talking about how transparent government would be once he was elected. We all know how that turned out. Do the people who are stupid enough to consider giving him a second term really believe he is being honest with them this time around?
It’s well documented by now that the president has trouble with the truth and we don’t really need these five tips to tell if he’s lying. There is always the sure-fired way to know.
You guesses it–see if his lips are moving.