Biden accused of exaggerating story of Jill Biden’s narrow escape from house fire

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President Joe Biden is fond of using anecdotes from his past to explain his actions, but one such rhetoric raised eyebrows last week when he said his home once burned down with First Lady Jill Biden.

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On 16 November, Mr Biden was in Woodstock, New Hampshire to discuss how his $1.2trn bipartisan infrastructure law would fund repairs to the 82-year-old Pemigwasset River Bridge after he suffered a horrific loss of life at his Delaware home. Appeared remembering the fire.

The bridge, he said, “saves lives and solves problems” and is dependent on public services such as a nearby fire station.


“Without this bridge, as I said before, it’s a 10-mile detour to get to the other side. And I know, ‘A house with my wife was burned down—she got out safely, God’s Desire – that a significant part of it burned, I can tell: 10 minutes makes a hell of a difference. It makes a big difference,” Mr Biden later said when responding to emergencies “every minute counts” “.

The incident that the president referred to as the burning of his home was actually a very small fire that occurred in August 2004, when thunderstorms were hitting the Eastern Seaboard. According to Wilmington News-Journal, Future First Lady Jill Biden called 911 to say that a bolt of lightning had set the kitchen of Biden’s home on fire. Ms Biden’s call prompted a response from five different fire companies, who were able to put out the fire before it spread further.

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Cranston Heights, Delaware Fire Chief George Lambourn told the Associated Press that the fire was “under control in 20 minutes”.

“Luckily, we got to it very quickly,” he said.

Mr Biden, who has earned a reputation as a master raconteur for more than three decades in the Senate, has sometimes found himself in hot water after telling stories on the campaign trail that later needed correction or clarification. it occurs. A similar incident occurred in 1988, when the first of his three presidential campaigns came to an abrupt end, when it became known that his stump speech had broken the lines of a speech by former Labor Party leader Lord Kinnock.

The discrepancy between Mr Biden’s recollection of the 2004 fire and the reality of what happened did not escape the notice of major conservative news outlets.

Both New York Post And Fox News The discrepancy quickly fizzled out, with the latter reporting that the president was “adding to a long list of ornate stories”.

Major right-wing outlets have often captured such exaggeration to portray Mr Biden as unapologetically dishonest and call him the treatment of COVID-19 by his predecessor, Donald Trump, and the actions that led to those actions. as the equivalent of false statements. First impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Granthshala.

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