Standing on a bridge in Woodstock, New Hampshire last week, President Joe Biden was selling the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill — a task that took up much of the president’s week — when he regaled the smattering of onlookers with a tale about “having had a house burn down with my wife in it” to justify the massive spending bill.
“Without this bridge, as I said earlier, it’s a 10-mile detour just to get to the other side. And I know, having had a house burn down with my wife in it — she got out safely, God willing — that having a significant portion of it burn, I can tell: 10 minutes makes a hell of a difference,” Biden said.
So there you have, with a bit of a dramatic flair, he informed us that he was saving lives with the stroke of a pen that signed the measure into law.
The problem here is that the damsel in distress story involving first lady Jill Biden appears to have been embellished, and while he somewhat amended his claim, saying “a significant portion of it burned,” it can be added to “a long list of personal stories he’s embellished over the years,” Fox News reported.
This was not the first time Biden has shared the story, as the network noted that in 2013, while serving as vice president in the Obama administration, Biden claimed a fire “destroyed a significant portion” of his New Hampshire home. Citing a 2004 Associated Press story, Fox News reported that “lightning struck the Bidens’ home and started a ‘small fire that was contained to the kitchen.’ The report said firefighters got the blaze under control in 20 minutes and that they were able to keep the flames from spreading beyond the kitchen.”
Within moments, Biden seemed to clarify by saying “a significant portion of it burned.”
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) November 16, 2021
In pointing out that Biden “has a long history of exaggerating stories about himself,” Fox News shared a number of those yarns as seen here:
Most recently, he recounted for the fifth time during his presidency a heartfelt yet factually challenged story about an Amtrak employee during a speech in New Jersey. The employee Biden frequently mentions actually died a year before the story was said to have taken place. Last year, Biden had to walk back repeated claims that he was arrested in apartheid-era South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela. He later admitted that he was not arrested but “stopped” by authorities.
In 2019, Biden told a crowd of college students a harrowing story about a Navy captain in Afghanistan that was later debunked by The Washington Post. In 2013, Biden said he heard the gunshots of an Amish schoolhouse shooting that killed five students while playing golf nearby in Pennsylvania in 2006. The Washington Times poured cold water on the claim at the time, reporting that no golf course in the area had any record of hosting Biden.
In 2008, Biden said his helicopter in Afghanistan was “forced down” by Al Qaeda insurgents on “the superhighway of terror.” The Associated Press later reported that a snowstorm, not the enemy, forced the pilot to land.
Of course, there was also the humiliation that prompted Biden to withdraw from his first presidential campaign way back in 1988, another lifetime ago when truth still mattered a little, after a number of plagiarism allegations surfaced.
In effect, “Lying Joe Biden” has been decades in the making, not that he’s alone here. One of the more notable exaggerations involves failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton who said she landed “under sniper fire” during a 1996 trip to Bosnia. The only problem being that the war in that country ended in 1995.
As seen in the responses to last week’s tweet seen above, folks aren’t exactly shocked that Biden would stretch the truth:
— M. Chapman (@mcvadc) November 16, 2021
It’s not like him to embellish his life story.
— The Streeter (@thestreeter) November 16, 2021
Clean up on aisle 46.
— Bart Turney (@bartturney) November 16, 2021
He can’t help himself. Been doing this his entire career.
— katastik (@katastik) November 16, 2021
I’m surprised he didn’t claim he built the bridge
— Bondo (@MaryBondo1) November 17, 2021
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