Knocked down the cherry tree

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A man gathered all of his children together and said:

“Children, when George Washington knocked down the cherry tree, he told his father honestly that it was him, now answer me honestly, who knocked down the outhouse?”

Finally, the youngest son admitted it was him, at which he received a lashing he wouldn’t soon forget.

“That’s not fair”, complained the son, “George Washington didn’t get punished when he told the truth.”

“Son”, replied that Father, “The difference is, that George Washington’s father wasn’t in the tree when he knocked it down!”