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Is Biden a liar or just losing it?

Is Biden a liar or just losing it?

As a bit of a disclaimer, I should confess that I believe that politicians, by their very nature, exaggerate, fib, lie.  Their resume narratives are often apocryphal. (ß That is a lie with a college education.)

The most often asked question is “why.”  Why do politicians tell lies that are so easily debunked?  Trump is accused of the so-called BIG LIE about the election, but I find it more perplexing that he has repeatedly said his dad was born in Germany when he was actually born in the United States.  Senator Richard Blumenthal repeatedly told voters that he served in Vietnam during the war – until he remembered he did not.  Then there is Congressman George Santos.  That would take a separate commentary.

Hillary Clinton said her plane came under sniper fire in Iraq.  She was mistaken.  It was only a child bringing her flowers. (That is similar to the bogus story that got Brian Williams kicked off of his perch as primetime anchor for NBC.  In case you forgot, he falsely reported that his helicopter was hit by enemy fire in Iraq.)

Since President Biden is Irish, perhaps we should call his inventions “malarkey.”  His most recent malarkey was telling an audience on this 9/11 that he had come to the site the day after the attack.  Actually, he came to the site as a member of a bipartisan delegation twelve days later.  That is not something to be so easily forgotten.  If he really does not remember his visit, then the issue of mental acuity arises.

CNN’s fact checker Daniel Dale jumped on that bit of malarky.  He also reminded viewers of Biden’s history of … “inaccuracies.”  He noted that Biden misrepresented the truth three times in his Inflation Reduction Act speech in Milwaukee.

  1. He claimed to have witnessed the collapse of the bridge in Pennsylvania when he actually viewed the scene a day later.
  2. He reported an anecdotal conversation with his favorite Amtrack conductor, Angelo Negri, about his having traveled more than one million miles on Air Force planes while Vice President. At the time Biden had reached that mark and announced it publicly, Negri had been dead for more than a year.  He told Negri that he was on the train to visit his ailing mother.  Her condition was far worse than Biden relayed.  She had been dead for five years at that time.  Biden responded to the applause of the audience by saying: “True story.  I swear to God.”  In fact, Biden frequently follows up with his bull crap by reaffirming that it is true.”
  3. Biden had similar mental lapse when talking about the death of his grandfather. Biden tells how he was born in the same Scranton, Pennsylvania hospital in which his “grandpop” died two weeks prior to his birth.  Actually … his grandfather died in a Baltimore hospital more than a year before the President’s birth.

Dale also reviewed a number of other Biden fibs, calling his being truth-challenged “a pattern of invention.”.

  1. As a senator, Biden claims to have been arrested as a protester for civil rights. He may have been on the scene as an observer, not protester, and he was reportedly given a courtesy ride home by a local police officer.  He was not arrested.
  2. Long after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, Biden spoke of his visit to the site and meeting with the rabbi. He never visited the site.  (Is remembering something that never happened worse than forgetting what did?)
  3. Biden often referred to his days of driving an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck. He was never trained or licensed to drive a big rig.  It ever happened.  Perhaps he got confused with the time he drove a school bus.

CNN had previously called out Biden for claiming that in his first two years as President, he cut the National Debt by $1.7 trillion dollars.  In fact, the National Debt has risen to record levels during his presidency – more than a $5 trillion increase.  When the White House said he meant the “deficit” not the National Debt, CNN challenged Biden on even that claim – arguing that the overwhelming reduction was due to the scheduled end of pandemic emergency funding. Nothing to do with his policies.

Going beyond Dale’s report, we should also recall how Biden claimed to have been at the top of his law class, when he was actually in the bottom quarter.  Or how he had won a full scholarship when he got a small partial scholarship.  Or how he thought he wrote stuff that others really wrote.  (That bit of plagiarism created a scandal that got him booted off his 1988 presidential campaign.)

Even when he is corrected by fact checkers and others, Biden continues to repeat his favorite lies.  Biden has spent a lifetime embellishing the facts – or just inventing them.  If his aging brain is not the entire explanation, it could now be a mix of habitual prevaricating and deteriorating mental cognizance.

To put it politely, Old Joe is full of malarky.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

19 Comments

  1. frank stetson

    And yet at the same time he is a criminal mastermind that has funneled tens of millions from folks desiring access through Biden. No one can find the money, no one can find the access, and now we have a giant House Inquiry by an entire committee to uncover what this senile mastermind has hidden from all Americans, especially Republicans like Horist.

    Malarky is it. For sure, for his entire life. Maybe more with age. And yet, when it comes to governing, Biden forgets more than Trump will ever know. And when it comes to truth, Trump lies injure and kill. Ask the 1.6.2021 survivors of the Republican Violent Insurrection at the Nation’s Capitol. Most spoke out about Trump’s lie just before they left court, convicted, and heading the jail. America has more dead due to covid and Trump lies than any other developed nation.

    I agree, all people lie, politicians more than most, but sometimes, like most of Biden’s, it’s a who cares, other times for good purpose, and other times —- it causes needless pain like Trump’s BIG LIE.

    When I stack em up: I will take Biden’s harmless lies over Trump’s harmful lies all day long. And Harris over whatever dumbshit Trump comes up with — and it won’t be Nicky.

    • Dan tyree

      A liar and a fool. A bad combination

      • Elizabeth Crouse

        So true. He can’t tell the truth.

    • Gerard Neyenhouse

      Frank,
      Check gas prices and compare them to 3 years ago when President Trump was in office, then tell me about Biden’s harmless lies. This economy along with its citizenry are all on a downward spiral thanks to Biden’s support for Ukraine and China. Denying his son is in business with him, they are both traitors to this country. Look at Biden’s perverted nature when around kids, you must be of the same mind set if you can’t see this. By the way, You owe me a hell of a lot of gas money if you voted for Biden

  2. Orangered

    He was born to be a LIAR—-what a life to grow up knowing that your husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather is a pathological liar. Glad I am not related to that!!! NEVER my President!!!

  3. Rusty Shamrock

    Impotus Joe isn’t “losing it,” he never had “it” in the first place. He was never even close to being the sharpest crayon in the box, more like the blunt end of them all. Plus his claim to fame should be the fact that he has been lying since before he began his 5 decade professional politician career.

  4. Donna

    Joe Biden is a liar. He should have never been President and he really never was. The 2020 election was a sham and corrupt. He needs to be impeached immediately before this country goes farther down. He only thinks about China and the money he can make from all the deals with them.

  5. Joseph Frank Alba

    BIG FAT FREAKING LIAR!!!!!

    • Joseph Frank Alba

      HE IS THE DEVIL!!!

  6. Darren

    If I had a $100 for everything Biden has done or said wrong or lied, I would be off to Vegas.

  7. WEs

    Not only Biden has lied. The people around him are enabling all of it. Includes the news media, Soros, Big Tech, the January 6 committee(whatever happen to their tapes), destroyed like Hillary,s. She disputed the election and lied and hired people to lie. Where is the arrest? FBI and DOJ lied now and before the 2020 election. Covered all that is going on now to get Biden elected. Democrats are evil. Everything they say and do is evil. If someone disagrees, they are called names or arrested. Free speech. They want the Socialist, Marxist, Communist, globalist, climate cultists order. GEF, WHO, CDC all lied. If you watch “The First” and NEWSMAX you wold see and then hear the truth. Not just hear Trump propaganda. No the border is not secure. Dr. Fauci lied under oath. He is part of NIH and got paid for years. Which makes him an accessory to murder. Vaccines and masks do not work. Ruined small businesses, gyms should have been open. Kids should not be wearing masks or taking vaccines. Least susceptible. There are other doctors that are better than Fauci. Since he is tied to China and is responsible for what happened so they use him. Trump’s speech on Saturday covered everything. He did not use a teleprompter. Biden cannot even find his own house. Inflation at all levels is because of the Biden bad policies. Afghanistan withdrawal was a disaster. Has not even talked to the family members of the soldiers that died. Compared World War ll and September 11, 2001 to January 6 is an insult. Pipe bomber, Pelosi, FBI and others were irresponsible. Will not hear that on your CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR news. Why not? The climate crap is another disaster. Considering China is the leader of pollution. Why is Biden sending our fuel to China and Europe? EV vehicles are expensive, inefficient, and do rely on fuel. These people are corrupt and the real threat to Democracy. Vote them out. Get the IMPRIMIS brochures and watch “The First” for the facts.

  8. Mike f

    Larry, if you were truly interested in writing a meaningful post you would compare the lies that Biden has told versus the constant lies that were told by trump. You whine that you don’t really like trump, so why don’t you run a side by side comparison of trump lies vs biden lies? I know, you crave the praise of idiots like Dan tyree (I would be disgusted with myself if the only positive comments I got were from fools like that…). Or why don’t you write something about the disgraceful republican behavior on the Ken Paxton impeachment? Or if you really wanted to dig into the trash you might write about boebert being kicked out of a theatre production by vaping, filming and otherwise causing a disturbance after being asked not to? Or perhaps why the house is focusing on impeachment rather than passing a budget based on the agreement they made in June? Yes, you republicans are a fine bunch…

    • larry Horist

      Mike f … Ironically, I just sent in two commentaries critical of two Republicans…. as I occasionally do. Since you and Frank constantly make your case against Trump, I see no need to follows suit. I try to fill in the facts you guys avoid.

      • Mike f

        We’ll be waiting breathlessly for those upcoming articles…. But the simple fact of the matter is-the basic Republican mantra that if we cut taxes and reduce spending enough, everything will be just dandy. We have been following that policy for 40 years and the only thing that has been achieved is that income inequality has grown to unprecedented levels and the national debt has skyrocketed. Republicans hearken back to a time when America was great-but the time they always choose was an era when we had very high taxes and large government spending on projects like the interstate highway system or the race to the moon. Biden is attempting to regain some of that glory, but Republicans in Congress won’t allow for any tax increase to fund projects that would ‘make America great again’. Why is it that you and other conservatives can’t see that your ideas of what should be done are flat out wrong? I guess that’s why you have stupid people in congress-stupid people vote them in..

        • larry Horist

          Mike f … If I knew you were going to hold your breath waiting, I would have delayed them longer. I am amused by folks who think they are not only always correct, but that everyone else is stupid. You combine stupidity and arrogance — which are the defining traits of an a**hole (to use the common reference). You are the intellectual equivalent of slapstick and pratfall comedy.

          • Mike f

            Larry, I am sure that you were referring to yourself when you said you were amused by people that think they are always right and others are stupid? I am glad you find yourself to be so funny. However, the simple fact of the matter is I have never been wrong in the comments I wrote to you-the response yesterday being another example of that. Republicans want to cut taxes and reduce spending. This policy helps the rich, but is ultimately harmful to the less well off. Yet you continue to support this policy. That is the height of ignorance on your part-but isn’t that what the windbag post is all about-sharing ignorance so that ignorant people will continue to vote Republican? The educated people realize these policies for what they are, and have left the Republican Party in droves since the shift to benefitting the rich rather than the country as a whole started in the 80’s…

          • Frank stetson

            It’s good for a man to amuse himself. Pot. Kettle.

          • larry Horist

            Mike f … LMAO … I hit you with a A-level insult and you come back with a kindergarten response — as I knew you would. I should be ashamed of myself. You are just too easy….lol

  9. Mike f

    And yet again Larry prefers to call me immature rather than address the issue at hand. He supports a party that works for the wealthy and ignores problems that affect the common man. But he thrives on attacking the individual (kindergarten attacks I think is how he classifies them). Just like the guy he has voted for multiple times for president-when he makes a statement about other people, he is really referring to himself…