List of Biden’s Exaggerations Grows with ‘Had a House Burn Down with My Wife in It’ Claim

Craig Bannister | November 22, 2021 | 11:17am EST
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President Joe Biden has added one more exaggeration to his growing list of embellishments.

Last Tuesday, Pres. Biden claimed that he “had a house burn down with my wife in it” and, then, that “a significant portion of it” burned.

But, the local fire company chief told the Associated Press (AP) at the time that “the flames did not spread beyond the kitchen.”

In last week’s speech touting his infrastructure bill, Biden made the following claim:

“Without this bridge, as I said earlier, it’s a 10-mile detour just to get to the other side.

“And I know, having `had a house burn down with my wife in it — she got out safely, God willing — that having a significant portion of it burn, I can tell: 10 minutes makes a hell of a difference.  It makes a big difference.

“Folks, every mile counts, every minute counts in an emergency.”

But, as the Associated Press reported at the time, it was “a small fire that was contained to the kitchen”:

“Lightning struck the home of Sen. Joseph Biden, starting a small fire that was contained to the kitchen.”

“Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the house, but were able to keep the flames from spreading beyond the kitchen, said Cranston Heights Fire Company Chief George Lamborn.

``Luckily, we got it pretty early,'' he said. ``The fire was under control in 20 minutes.''

As Fox News reports, Biden’s past dubious claims include:

  • ·         A “factually challenged story about an Amtrak employee” – who actually died a year before the story was said to have taken place,
  • ·         “A harrowing story about a Navy captain in Afghanistan that was later debunked by The Washington Post,”
  • ·         A claim that his helicopter in Afghanistan was "forced down" by Al Qaeda insurgents when, as the Associated Press reported, a snowstorm was the reason the plan had to make a premature landing,
  • ·         A claim that he was "shot at" during a trip years earlier to Iraq – which he later clarified by claiming that he was "near where a shot landed,"
  • ·         A false claim, he later admitted was untrue,  that he attended law school on a full scholarship and graduated in the top half of his class, and
  • ·         A claim that he "marched with tens of thousands" of people during the Civil Rights Movement, which also turned out to be false.
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