What difference does it make who did or said what, as long as we’re all having fun? Just ask Joe Biden, who found himself on the losing end of a Zogby poll in June that asked voters whether he was taking credit for some of former President Donald Trump’s actions, including the COVID vaccine rollout and distribution plans, all of which had been initiated by Trump.
But it’s not only his immediate predecessor that the current president steals credit from. He also takes credit for actions taken by the president he served under as vice president — even on points where he differed. Such an example is his stated position on whether to conduct a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May of 2011. Even by FactCheck.org’s reckoning, Biden “advised Obama during a national security strategy meeting in April 2011 to wait for further confirmation that bin Laden was actually in the compound in Pakistan before acting.” Put more simply, he opposed it. But in the ensuing months and beyond, he “claimed that in a one-on-one meeting with Obama immediately after the security council meeting, he told the president to ‘follow your instincts,’ knowing that the president was inclined at that time to move forward with the raid.” (RELATED: The value of Biden’s ‘word as a Biden’ about to be put to the supreme test)
Finally in April of this year, Biden offered up a heroic version of what had gone down, telling reporters “I said among with [sic] others we’d follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell if need be. That’s exactly what we did, and we got him.”
He repeated this same piece of fiction yesterday during a speech from the White House regarding the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, this time punctuated by a lengthy pause when he forgot what he had started to say and needed to collect his thoughts.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)