Obama: No I didn’t.
Honest... I ran out of gas!
I—I had a flat tire!
I didn’t have enough money for cab fare!
My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners!
An old friend came in from out of town!
Someone stole my car!
There was an earthquake!
A terrible flood! Locusts!
IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!!
There was another comedian that had a joke to the effect that a black man could get caught cheating by his girlfriend, in the act, and simply say
“Wuddent me” and refuse to discuss it further.
The Blues Brothers. A classic.
And the media will buy it, end up swooning in jugears' arms, and then promptly be dumped in the mud when he's ready to move on.