Joe Biden's Fantasy World
The Democrat nominee has been making stuff up his entire life.
A couple of months ago, we published a piece about Joe Biden’s troubled relationship with the truth. In it, we wrote about how, in 1987, when he first ran for president, Biden was politely asked by a man at a campaign event where he’d gone to school and what his class ranking was. An indignant Biden shot back, “I think I have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship — the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship.”
At this point, Scranton Joe is just two sentences into his reply, and he’s already told at least one whopper — the one about the full academic scholarship. He’s unfazed, though.
Throwing both caution and candor to the wind, Biden continued, “The first year in law school, I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class. And then decided I wanted to stay, went back to law school, and, in fact, ended up in the top half of my class. I won the International Moot Court Competition. I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year. I graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school and 165 credits. I only needed 123 credits.”
Why anyone would brag about having spent a single penny more that what was absolutely necessary to earn a college degree is beyond us, but college must’ve been a relative bargain back in the 1960s.
Back to Biden’s outburst: He tacked on three more lies to the original one. These included the part about him going to law school on a full academic scholarship, and the part about him graduating in the top half of his class (he was a dismal 76th out of 85), and the part about him obtaining three undergraduate degrees.
So Joe Biden is a tall tale teller from way back, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Take last Thursday, for example, at his town hall debate on ABC, when a woman asked, “How will you as president reverse this dangerous and discriminatory agenda and ensure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected under U.S. law?”
We’re not exactly sure what “dangerous and discriminatory agenda” she’s talking about, but Biden says he’d change the law. Fine. Then he introduces us to his well-read, high-school educated, “really decent guy” of a dad.
“I was being dropped off to get an application in the center of our city, Wilmington, Delaware,” Biden said, “the corporate capital of the world at the time. And these two men — I’m getting out to get an application to be a lifeguard in the African American community because there was a big swimming-pool complex. And these two men, well dressed, leaned up and hugged one another and kissed one another. And I’m getting out of the car at the light and I turn to my dad. My dad looked at me and said, ‘Joey, it’s simple. They love each other.’”
It’s hard to figure out what to make of this outlandish yarn, but National Review’s David Harsanyi has Joe pretty well sussed out: “So, let’s get this straight,” he says: “A teen Biden is looking for work in the black community of 1950s Wilmington, when he happens to spy two men just kissing on the street. His dad, a car dealer from working class stock, tells him, in essence, that love is love. Biden must have forgotten this lesson when he was voting for the Defense of Marriage Act only to remember it now.”
One imagines that Thomas Jefferson was thinking of someone just like Joe Biden when he said some 235 years ago, “There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible, and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual.”
When it comes to lying, Joe Biden is nothing if not habitual.
- Joe Biden