Former Vice President Joe Biden is running for president. Again. Again.
I know I said “again” twice. Calm down. I did it on purpose.
So he devised a plan for victory. He grabbed some more females, sniffed some more hair, got even weirder with kids, creeped uncomfortably close to some ladies’ earholes and told them secrets — much of it while the camera rolled.
However, even if prospective voters decide to forego YouTube searches for Joe Biden hugging Hillary Clinton for waaaaaay too long, they are going to have to deal with the fact that his eccentricities go beyond his fondness for putting his body all up in other people’s personal space.
Rewind the clock back to when Whitney Houston was first belting out “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” on the radio and you might remember when Biden was doing a little bragging on the campaign trail.
Standing before a New Hampshire crowd in February 1987, Biden spoke with self-aggrandizing rhetoric, “When I marched in the civil rights movement, I did not march with a 12-point program.”
Biden seemed solidly in grasp of his faculties as he recounted this memory, “I marched with tens of thousands of others to change attitudes. And we changed attitudes.”
But there’s one huge problem — Biden didn’t do any such thing. He didn’t change attitudes when he marched with tens of thousands because he never marched with tens of thousands.
The truth is Biden didn’t march at all during the civil rights movement. And, according to The New York Times, his advisers reminded him of that back then, and yet he “kept telling the story anyway.”
It’s possible Biden may have been be too busy plagiarizing other peoples ideas to keep a firm grasp of his own stories, but it’s concerning that a presidential candidate would tell a story with such confidence knowing it was a complete fabrication.
Biden’s loose relationship with the truth isn’t limited to marches. Even the left-leaning Times noted Biden’s “recklessness” as a candidate. He “was accused of plagiarizing in campaign speeches” and had “inflated his academic record,” The Times said.
Even when he isn’t outright lying, Biden’s tendency to be a “gut politician” has led him to some difficult spots.
In 1993, for instance, he accused some felons of being “predators” who were “beyond the pale.”
In 2007, he referred to then-candidate Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
Although he leads the field of 2020 Democrat presidential candidates in the most recent polling, Biden’s constant gaffes, history of untruths and plagiarism, grabby hands and penchant for the fragrance of women’s hair makes him the candidate who is most willing to engage in — and indeed, almost embrace — a risky and reckless campaign.
When Whitney sang that she needs ” man who’ll take a chance,” I’m sure these aren’t the chances she envisioned.
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