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September 26, 2023

In Brief: Biden’s Tall Tales and Liberal Mentality

Everyone knows this president lies, but it reveals something far deeper about the psychology of the Left.

We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve addressed Joe Biden’s autobiographical lies. The worst ones aren’t the phony “I was there” tales, but the ones that disgrace tragic events like 9/11 or the Hawaiian wildfire. Political analyst Steven Hayward evaluates Biden’s fundamental problem.

By now it is apparent President Joe Biden is a special-needs child of political vanity.

Nearly all politicians exaggerate or tell tall tales about themselves.

It’s practically a requirement of the occupation, an expression of their typically large egos and ambition.

But Biden abuses the privilege, serially plagiarizing the words and experiences of others throughout his career and telling easily falsified stories about himself. …

Biden has claimed to have been “raised in the black church” and “raised in the synagogues in my state”; he says he “grew up in a Polish community” and was “politically” raised in the Puerto Rican community.

His latest whopper is that he taught political theory for four years at the University of Pennsylvania, when in fact he never set foot in the classroom in what was a pure sinecure position.

His previous false claims of being a civil-rights activist, getting arrested in South Africa with Nelson Mandela and being at Ground Zero in New York the day after 9/11 have all been debunked, along with lies about his academic record.

He persists in claiming his son Beau died in Iraq, though he died of cancer in an American hospital long after his Iraq service was over.

While Biden presents an extreme example, his made-up stories of personal greatness are typical of liberal politicians.

Hayward recalls the famous false boasts of Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and Al Gore. He admits that Ronald Reagan was also scrutinized for embellishing stories, but he notes a key difference: Reagan’s “were never about himself but always about America and the greatness of the American character.”

Speaking of Reagan, Hayward contrasts his first inaugural address with Clinton’s to get back to his ultimate thesis and conclusion:

The neediness of liberal politicians derives ultimately from their world view, in which they are the agents of progress, the avatars of the “side of history” whose speed is always too slow to suit liberals.

Joe Biden may be an outlier in his self-aggrandizement — making him a special-needs liberal long before his current dotage manifested itself, but it is entirely typical of a creed that depends on self-affirmation to confirm their presumptions of goodness and assumption of unlimited power.

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