Speaking with wildfire experts while visiting Idaho on Monday, President Joe Biden claimed that his first job offer after college and law school was from the building materials supplier Boise Cascade, a claim that a spokeswoman from the company said could not be verified.
Lisa Tschampl told the New York Post, “We have no record of President Biden’s application or of him having worked for the company. We checked our system internally and nothing has turned up.”
In his trademark disjointed and unintelligible manner of speech, the president said, “I used to tell Frank Church this, I got a — my first job offer, where I wanted — my wife, deceased wife and I wanted to move to Idaho because we — not a joke — it’s such a beautiful, beautiful state. And I interviewed for a job at Boise Cascade.”
The late Democratic senator from Idaho was a colleague and friend of Joe Biden during the latter’s protracted tenure in the U.S. Senate that began during the Cretaceous Period of our planet.
Biden added, “And in the meantime there was a war going on. Anyway. But the whole point was that I used to always kid Frank.”
The Post was unable to locate any prior record of Biden mentioning the company — including in news clippings archived by the Nexis and Factiva databases.
The outlet remarked that it is unclear how his supposed desire to move to Idaho would have jibed with his famous loyalty to the state of Delaware.
Biden graduated from Syracuse University’s law school in 1968 and received a medical draft deferment from the ongoing Vietnam War due to a history of asthma. He then worked as a law clerk and public defender in Delaware before he joined the New Castle County Council in 1970.
He wrote that during his final year in law school, “Neilia and I still hadn’t settled on where we were going to live, so I hadn’t accepted a job.” But his father in Wilmington, Delaware ultimately pulled some strings and got him his first job at a law firm.
In 1972, Biden was elected to the U.S. Senate. His first wife died in a car crash shortly after his Senate election victory.
The Boise Cascade spokeswoman admitted that it’s possible that Biden did seek employment with the company but that records were lost when the company dropped some of its past projects, such as concrete, plastics and textile divisions, according to the outlet.
“We had a diverse portfolio in the ’60s and early ’70s … so my guess is any records have been purged or transferred for the businesses/projects we are no longer involved in,” she said.
“I would not want to speculate about what type of role he may have applied for in 1972. Today we are a wood products manufacturer and wholesale distributor of building materials.”
President Biden has a well-documented history of inaccurate or fantastic claims – he is even given to plagiarism from time to time. The latter caused him to drop out of his first bid for the presidency in 1988, amid a scandal that included a law school paper and controversy surrounding dubious claims he made about his academic record.
Just this month, Biden claimed to have visited the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the October 2018 mass murder of 11 people. After the synagogue said he did not visit, the White House said he misspoke and was referring to a 2019 phone call with the congregation’s rabbi. That would have raised calls for another impeachment and the electric chair had it been former President Trump.
In one notorious misstatement, Biden in 2020 claimed he “had the great honor of being arrested” in South Africa when he was “trying to get to see [Nelson Mandela] on Robbens Island,” where Mandela was in prison until 1990. He said Mandela thanked him for it. Later, he admitted that it was untrue.
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