Joe Biden’s Tall Tales Take Center Stage

President Biden shared his oft-exaggerated story about the time a minor fire broke out at his Delaware home following a lightning strike in 2004 during a speech to a group of firefighters in Philadelphia on Monday. While the president did not go into as much detail as he had in the past, he still included the claim that his wife, first lady Jill Biden’s life, was in danger despite the fire being “small” and “contained to the kitchen.”

According to a 2004 report from the Associated Press, the Bidens’ home was struck by lightning, causing a “small fire that was contained to the kitchen.” The firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in just 20 minutes, preventing it from spreading beyond the kitchen.

However, in his speech, Biden shared a different version of the story in which he claimed that his wife’s life was almost taken by the fire. He said that he was away filming an episode of “Meet the Press,” while Jill was at home with their dog, cat, and ’67 Corvette. “The smoke was literally that thick,” Biden claimed, “but all kidding aside, they saved my wife and got her out. They saved my home.”

This is not the first time Biden has shared this story with exaggerations. In 2021, while discussing his infrastructure plan on a New Hampshire bridge, he said, “Having had a house burn down with my wife in it — she got out safely, God willing.” However, according to the 2004 report, Jill was out of the house by the time firefighters arrived, and no one was injured.

Critics have also slammed Biden for using the story to relate to the survivors of the deadly Maui wildfires in August. The president said, “We have a little sense, Jill and I, of what it was like to lose a home. Lightning struck at home on a little lake outside the home…” He went on to say, “To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ’67 Corvette, and my cat.” Critics called this comparison “disgusting” and “self-centered,” pointing out that the Bidens’ experience pales in comparison to those who have lost their homes and loved ones in natural disasters.

Biden’s tendency to exaggerate stories has been called into question in the past, with some accusing him of seeking sympathy or trying to make himself appear more relatable. While it is not uncommon for politicians to share personal anecdotes in speeches, it is important for them to stick to the facts and avoid any exaggerations.

In his speech to the firefighters, Biden also discussed the importance of supporting the infrastructure and emergency services needed to respond to disasters such as fires and storms. He urged his audience to support his bipartisan infrastructure plan, which includes funding for road and bridge repairs, as well as funding for first responders and the creation of an infrastructure resilience program.

In conclusion, President Biden’s storytelling style has once again come under scrutiny, as he shared an exaggerated version of his 2004 home fire incident. Critics have accused him of using the story for self-promotion and for not showing enough empathy towards those who have experienced real tragedies. As the president continues to push for his infrastructure plan, it is crucial for him to stick to the facts and avoid any misleading or exaggerated stories.