Joe Biden benefited from widespread wisdom that he is a consensus-maker, a supporter of national unity, and a sensitive, no-nonsense worker from Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The Post gave Biden the highest mendacity rating: four Pinocchio’s.
From what we know, that should be gone less than three months after his presidency. There was no bipartisanship; his political stance has shifted far to the left; and his mandate to investigate the “reforms” of the Supreme Court seems to be a prelude to the packing of the court, a brazen seizure of power.
Even so, the presidential speechwriters, flacks, and apparatchiks were evidently directed to highlight Biden’s alleged kind, gentler, collaborative, and truthful traits at every opportunity.
The same contempt for the truth applies to the president’s statements about his administration’s policies – particularly his promise to “rebuild better” for American workers.
Contrary to his claims, the proposed corporate tax increases would “reduce after-tax ROI and make US companies less competitive globally with the state’s highest combined corporate tax rate in developed countries,” according to an editorial in the Wall Street Journal.
The Journal concludes that “lower profits mean slower wage increases for workers and higher prices for consumers to offset higher costs,” which lies Biden’s repeated claims that he is the champion of the middle class.
Despite the person Biden tries to project, his misrepresentations and exaggerations can be seen as early as three months after his presidency.
GAFFES, BLUNDERS and OUTRIGHT LIES
For Biden, playing with the truth quickly and easily is nothing new. For several decades he has been – even among politicians – notorious for gaffes, mistakes … and lying.
Eventually the habit of lying began to overlap with clear indications of cognitive decline …
In 1987, during the first of his multiple candidatures for the presidency, then-Senator Biden plagiarized part of a campaign speech from a speech given by Neil Kinnock, who was then chairman of the UK Labor Party, and even revised his own family history to adapt it Speech. Biden, who was once subject to disciplinary action for plagiarizing part of a law school, claimed that same year that he “went to law school on a full academic scholarship – the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship” and that he “ended up in the top half” of his class. He once boasted that in college he was “the outstanding student in political science” and “graduated with three degrees.”
After uncovering the apparent inaccuracies in his testimony, Biden admitted on September 22, 1987, “I didn’t graduate from the top half of my law school class and my memory of it was inaccurate.” He graduated from Syracuse College of Law ranked 76th of 85 grades and received a single BA degree in college.
Understandably, his hopes for a presidential campaign were dashed – at least for the 1988 offer – but as a liar, he was just being warmed up.
While serving in the Senate, Biden’s falsehood was so well known that members of Congress distributed a fake Biden résumé claiming he was the “inventor of polyurethane and the weed eater” and a “member, Rockettes (1968)”. Eventually, the habit of lying began to overlap with clear evidence of cognitive decline (which is hardly surprising to someone who had two neurosurgical operations for leaky cerebral aneurysms). During the 2008 presidential campaign, he noted, “When the stock market crashed [in 1929]”Franklin Roosevelt came on TV” and explained it to the public. In fact, Roosevelt did not become president until 1933, and his first television appearance was six years later.
Since that gaffe, the now 78-year-old Biden has fumbled and played around more and more often in his public statements for years. His then boss, President Barack Obama, was reportedly not too happy about it. According to the authors of Game change, Obama angrily asked, “How many times is Biden going to say something stupid?” Obama administration national security official Ben Rhodes wrote in his memoir: “In the Situation Room, Biden could be something of an unguided missile.” And of course, Biden’s performance during the 2020 presidential campaign was generally poor, sluggish, and full of gaffs and misrepresentations.
As a doctor, I wonder about a possible connection between Biden’s cognitive decline and his dissimilarity.
Biden’s cognitive decline is getting worse. Last month, the leader of the Free World forgot not only the name of his own Secretary of Defense, but also the name of the building (Pentagon) that houses the Defense Department headquarters. And during his only press conference, President Biden needed to have cheat sheets on the podium with detailed answers to questions that would likely be asked of him. (I shudder when I think about what it would be like to brief him on a complex subject.)
As a doctor, I wonder about a possible connection between Biden’s cognitive decline and his dissimilarity. People with dementia often make up things to fill gaps in their memory and reason. On the other hand, it might just be that a long and illustrious career of lying is hard to shake off.
One thing is certain; We can expect President Biden to further confirm the old joke: “How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips move. “But just as you can’t take your eyes off an ongoing train wreck, it will be fascinating to see whether the standout feature of Biden’s presidency will be his mendacity or his dementia – or a mixture of the two.
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