Why is it that so many lies start with either of the phrases, "to be honest" or, "to tell you the truth".
You hear it in the bait car videos all the time. Another person using these phrases is a very important figure in politics.
And you were thinking who I had in mind?
Let's be honest, is a request to both sides of the conversation.
To be honest, is an emphasis on the quality of your own statement. It also implies that much of the said previously was or could have been rubbish.
But thanks for confirming.
"Let's be honest" is a request to cut the crap for a moment while we get our bearings and then we can go back to spouting crap again.