Trump Told Public Lies or Falsehoods Every Day for His First 40 Days --The New York Times We the People Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident. This is the quintessential refrain that has caused people everywhere to perceive the United States as a “Shining City upon A Hill” from George Washington to Barack Obama. This pedestal of American iconic standing or perception has been blighted by the most un-American presidential character (in the last 50 years) --- telling lies as President of the United States. Does this iconic American phrase have any intrinsic value meaning to conservative Republicans and the religious, right? What is perplexing is that under George W. Bush, the United States sunk to its lowest position in the international perception since WWII. It took Barack Obama five years to restore America’s standing in the world as a defender of democracy and international security. Donald Trump has taken less than a year as president to sink America’s standing in the world even lower than George W. Bush. The future of NATO has become uncertain.