A well-known columnist (some say it was Glenn Kessler) once wrote a much noticed piece on politicians not always telling the truth. He described how politicians are lured into this practice by the inherent nature of DC, and how DC, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of power and money called politics. He used it to describe how Obama was just the latest in a long line of politicians who "misspeak", and that he really was not that different or worse than past politicians, and was deserving of only one Pinocchio.
At the end of his comments section, a little old lady wrote a passionate response. "What you have told us is rubbish. Obama is really a never-ending fount of lies. In fact, Obama is a liar, he's not that smart, and he's a nasty little man. This president and his entire political career is supported by four giant Pinocchios."
The columnist typed a superior winking smile using a semi-colon, a dash and parentheses at the beginning of his reply and then continued, "What are the four Pinocchios resting on?"
"You're very clever, young man, very clever," wrote the old lady. But it's Pinocchios all the way down!"