House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) finally confessed to something many people have long suspected: politicians don't always tell the truth. In fact, he said, they lie.

Speaking at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, on Friday, Hoyer took a moment to remember political science professor Saul Stern, who passed away last month.

"Saul Stern came into my life 46 years ago," said the 69 year-old lawmaker, "I was four."

The crowd chuckled. "OK, I'm a politician," Hoyer joked, "We lie. You understand that."

Hoyer also said that, second to meeting his wife, his experience as a Terrapin (shown here on the right, with Hoyer) was the most formative thing that ever happened to him, which is quite a compliment coming from one of the nation's most powerful politicians.