Politicians are liars. This is indisputable and for all intents and purposes, it’s universal. Politicians are human, most of them at least, and humans lies. Many choose not to tell big lies, and there are even a few politicians who avoid lying as much as they possibly can despite having jobs that often requires it.
In other words, I don’t get too bent out of shape when politicians tell unimportant lies. It’s not that I approve. I’m just used to it.
Former Vice President was called out by the Washington Post for a fantastic and fanciful story of valor, regret, and respect. As they noted in their semi-fact check, the story was moving but contained extremely wrong details, joining multiple military stories together and elevating his own role in the matter(s). Is Biden lying about this? That’s actually not the important question.
The short version of the story is Biden has been telling a very emotional tale of a Navy Captain (who was actually an Army specialist) he met when he was Vice President (he was actually a Senator at the time) who received the Silver Star (it was the Medal of Honor). When Biden pinned the medal on him (President Obama actually did), the veteran screamed about not deserving it (that was a different person altogether).
Here’s the long version if you’d like to read it:
Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Kunar province in Afghanistan, a dangerous foray into “godforsaken country” to recognize the remarkable heroism of a Navy captain.
Some told him it was too risky, but Biden said he brushed off their concerns. “We can lose a vice president,” he said. “We can’t lose many more of these kids. Not a joke.”
The Navy captain, Biden recalled Friday night, had rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and retrieved the body of an American comrade, carrying him on his back. Now the general wanted Biden to pin a Silver Star on the American hero who, despite his bravery, felt like a failure.
“He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’ ” Biden said, his jaw clenched and his voice rising to a shout. “’Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!’ ”
The room was silent.
“This is the God’s truth,” Biden had said as he told the story. “My word as a Biden.”
Let’s break down why this story is worse than any run-of-the-mill politician’s lie.
Miscalculated embellishment at best, confusion at worst
The most likely scenario is that Biden has worked bits and pieces of multiple stories into one that’s perfectly designed for the campaign trail. Some will note that every politician does this while running for office, and this is arguably true. But we’re not talking about a minor embellishment here or omission there. This was a Frankensteined story in which the former Vice President took parts of major, fact-checkable, military-related stories and combined them into an abomination.
This is a bad look. It doesn’t necessary downgrade anyone’s valor, but nobody wants to hear a story about them told as if it were someone else who did the act. Nobody wants to hear a story about their buddy who died in combat, only to have both the fallen hero and the heroes at his side replaced for political expediency.
If this story is just a case of major embellishment, it’s a terrible miscalculation. This is the type of story he could have told in the 70s. Or 80s. Or 90s. Heck, he could have told this story in his early days as Vice President. But in 2019, you can’t tell this type of story without having it fact-checked, debunked, and condemned. As a result, the fact that he’s willing to use this tactic is a very bad sign. It tells us he doesn’t understand how to operate from the White House or any major elected office in modern America. That’s not good at all.
The other possibility with this story is that Biden is simply confused. He sometimes isn’t sure which state he’s in, which requires constant reassurance for his lukewarm fan base. But he’s spent over four decades in Washington DC. He’s 76-years-old, which means he if he were to be elected, he’d be as old on his inauguration day as President Reagan was when he left the White House.
Senior moments happen. But it seems to happen to Biden constantly. And if it’s happening at important times in the campaign, that would seem to be an indicator that it would continue and likely get worse if he made it into the Oval Office.
Whether he’s just too mentally old, too out of touch, or both, Joe Biden has absolutely no business being in the White House. Conservatives know it. Radical progressive know it. Even the media is starting to take the hint.
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