President Joe Biden’s grip on the truth has never been strong, as proven by his long history of stealing other people’s words and work. But Thursday evening he slipped further into falsehoods when he told a group of rabbis that he was “raised in synagogues.”
The Democrat was on a call with rabbis across the country in preparation for the Jewish High Holy Days.
Biden went off on yet another tangent as the certainly surprised religious leaders listened to his rambling. “You might say, [I] was raised in the synagogues of my state. You think I’m kidding, I’m not.”
Biden, on a call with rabbis before the Jewish High Holy Days: "I was, you might say, raised in the synagogues of my state. You think I'm kidding — I'm not" pic.twitter.com/qGM1MkQGgX
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For good measure, the president added that the temple Beth Shalom in Wilmington was “the home to countless friends to me.”
There are no previous references to this upbringing, even in Biden’s biography. In 2022 he asserted that he grew up with the “Puerto Rican community at home, politically.” That despite the Puerto Rican population of Delaware, especially in his childhood, being rather small.
Biden once claimed to have attended “the Black church.” This apparently came after his attendance every morning of Catholic mass in high school and beyond.
The president’s penchant for tall tales is hardly new. In 2021 he told Jewish leaders that he spent time at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue after the anti-Semitic attack in 2019 that killed 11. No surprise that this story was also untrue.
The synagogue reported that Biden never visited and the White House later clarified that he was remembering a phone call to the synagogue’s rabbi.
That same month, Biden told an Idaho gathering that the first job he was ever offered was from Boise Cascade, a local lumber and wood products company. When asked, the business had no knowledge of such an offer ever being made.
More recent gaffes include last month’s retelling of a small kitchen fire in the Biden home nearly two decades ago. He was addressing survivors of the devastating Maui blaze that killed scores of residents.
The president described firefighters running “into flames.” Last October he said the incident nearly cost the lives of two firefighters, a scenario flatly denied by the local fire department.
And it was just Monday when Biden claimed to have been at Ground Zero in New York City the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Not so, as the White House again scrambled to clean up his mess by confirming he visited the site fully nine days later.