Joe Biden: Brian Williams’ Presidency

“I’ve known every prime minister since Golda Meir, including Golda Meir. And during the Six Day War I had the opportunity to – she invited me to come because I was going to be there. liaison between her and the Egyptians about the Suez. ”And I sat down in front of her desk.

It was President BidenDescendants of Joe Biden Marcus Garvey ask Biden to pardon posthumously civil rights leader GOP grapples with chaotic Pennsylvania Senate primary Social media startup Trump receives billion-dollar pledge from ” diversified group ”of unidentified investors MORE earlier this week, speaking of a meeting with Golda Meir, who served as Prime Minister of Israel from March 1969 to June 1974, during the Six Day War. The problem for the president is that he was a student at Syracuse Law School in 1967 when war broke out and the meeting was supposed to have taken place. Meir did not take office until two years later.

It’s a growing trend with the 46th President telling stories from Brian Williams’ playbook. You remember, of course, Williams – the former NBC Nightly News anchor who claimed he was shot in a helicopter over Iraq (he had not been) and had seen dead bodies floating in the French Quarter of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. (he hadn’t). Williams was suspended by NBC for telling these and other stories during his tenure as host, but the network was kind enough to bring him back a few months later with his own hour-long show on sister network MSNBC.

For Biden, it’s the same thing: fabricating stories – and seemingly for no particular reason – that are easy to verify. Remember, this is a career politician who is used to playing fast and loose with the facts: he abandoned his first presidential candidacy due to plagiarism. Before dropping out, he claimed he graduated at the top of his law class (he was in the bottom half), got three college degrees (he didn’t) and that ‘he had been named an outstanding political science student (he was not).

The future president has continued to make ridiculous statements throughout his career, leading to his third presidential candidacy in 2020. For example, on February 11, 2020, during the Democratic presidential primaries, he said: “On that day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela got out of prison and started talking about apartheid. I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robbens Island. “

This, of course, never happened, forcing the candidate to admit it.

The model continued in his presidency. Regarding the withdrawal of US military personnel from Afghanistan, the commander-in-chief insisted that “if there are still US citizens (by the withdrawal deadline of August 31), we will stay and get them all out.” This was not true, and to this day there are still hundreds of Americans trapped in the country under Taliban rule.

Biden also insisted he would not “demand” that COVID-19 vaccines “be mandatory.” This was, of course, before requiring them to be mandatory and even going so far as to tell companies with more than 100 employees to ignore the Supreme Court – which had ruled that such warrants were unconstitutional – and , instead, to follow the guidelines of the Biden administration. It’s an uber-180.

On voting rights, the president pushed this doozy several times over the summer: “It’s sick – decide you’re going to finish the vote at 5 p.m. [in Georgia], when workers are just getting off the job. The Washington Post “awarded” “Four Pinocchios”, his worst possible truth rating:

Regarding gas prices, the President said last week without laughing: “Over the last month we have seen the prices of oil and gas out of wells, the prices of oil and gas in the wholesale market, decrease considerably. ”

“Significantly” is apparently defined as “two hundred”.

On injecting trillions of dollars into the economy by passing two bills in an attempt to (wait for) lower inflation, he told CNN anchor. Don LemonDon Carlton Lemon’s suspensionChris Cuomo leaves CNN’s future in doubt.: “If I get the other two things I’m trying to do, we’re actually going to cut inflation, cut inflation, cut inflation,” a statement echoed by the White House press secretary Jen psakiJen PsakiBiden and Putin will meet next week amid the build-up of the military in Ukraine..

Biden ran for president based largely on his being an honest alternative to his truth-challenged predecessor Donald Trump. He promised to restore confidence in the government, confidence in our leaders and to unify the country. In his inaugural address last January, he said:

“The past few weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility as a as citizens, as Americans, and most importantly as leaders. Leaders who are committed to honoring our Constitution, protecting our nation. Standing up for the truth and defeating the lies. “

Well, here we are again: another president, another inability to play fair with the American people. A Brian Williams presidency, if you will.

Bet most people would rather prefer a Walter Cronkite presidency.

Joe Concha is a media and political columnist for The Hill.

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