Larry Elder: Biden’s Memory Isn’t the Only Problem; It’s His Lies

The fact that former Vice President Joe Biden, now on his third try for the presidency, remains the last “moderate” standing says more about his now-vanquished rivals than about Biden. The same media that post running tabs on President Donald Trump’s “lies” ignore, downplay or otherwise dismiss Biden’s gaffes, memory lapses and frequent incoherence.

He’s Uncle Joe, the regular guy from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who understands the common man. So what if he says, without proof, that he worked to “desegregate restaurants and movie houses of Wilmington, Delaware”? So what if he says since 2007, “150 million people” — almost half of the U.S. population — “have been killed” due to gun violence?

So what if he boasts about his “arrest” in South Africa for supposedly attempting to visit Nelson Mandela, an effort Mandela allegedly later thanked Biden for attempting? Never mind that none of it is true — not the arrest, not the attempted visit and not the thank you from Mandela. According to the Daily Beast: “Biden finally admitted that the story was much different than he’d initially described, saying he told police while on a congressional delegation to South Africa that he was ‘not going to go in that door that says white only’ and separate from his black colleagues.” And so what if Biden, who voted for the Iraq War resolution and publicly accused Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction, now claims he “didn’t believe (Saddam Hussein) had those weapons of mass destruction”?

More disturbingly, Biden lied on at least two occasions about a man named Curtis C. Dunn. Dunn was the tractor-trailer driver who, in 1972, tragically struck and killed Biden’s wife and his infant daughter. Along with many other news outlets, the Huffington Post, in 2008, described the accident this way: “Delaware’s Senator-elect would face a more difficult challenge soon after his election, when a drunk driver struck the car carrying his family, killing his wife Neilia and daughter Naomi and severely wounding sons Hunter and Beau.”

Based on Joe Biden’s account, the Huffington Post got it right. Dunn was driving drunk. After all, in a 2001 speech at the University of Delaware, Biden said, “An errant driver who stopped to drink instead of drive and hit — a tractor-trailer — hit my children and my wife and killed them.” But the then-Delaware prosecutor, now a judge, who investigated the accident says, “The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver (Dunn), is incorrect.” Furthermore, the tractor-trailer driver had the right of way, and Dunn immediately got out of his truck and tried to render assistance. He was no drunk driver.

Disturbed by Biden’s drunk-driver version of the accident, Pamela Hamill, Dunn’s daughter, wrote to Biden. The Newark Post wrote:

“In 2001, (Hamill) wrote a heartfelt letter to Biden expressing her father’s profound grief after hearing Biden make a post Sept. 11 speech in which he told the audience that, given his history, he could empathize with victims.

“‘Growing up, my dad never talked about it. He always got very solemn around Christmastime because the anniversary was Dec. 18, and he never wanted to celebrate the holidays,’ Hamill said. ‘When newspapers had anniversary articles (about the crash), we hid them from dad.’

“Biden responded in a handwritten note, which, in part, reads, ‘All that I can say is I am sorry for all of us and please know that neither I or my sons feel any animosity whatsoever.'”

Biden, it appears, got the message. Both families suffered a terrible tragedy. Why add to the pain by falsely portraying the remorseful Curtis Dunn as a drunk driver?

But a few years later, Biden did it again.

In a 2007 speech at the University of Iowa, Biden said: “Let me tell you a little story. I got elected when I was 29, and I got elected November the 7th. And on Dec. 18 of that year, my wife and three kids were Christmas shopping for a Christmas tree. A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly, and killed my daughter instantly, and hospitalized my two sons, with what were thought to be at the time permanent, fundamental injuries.”

In 2008, Hamill demanded that Biden make a public apology. Hearing nothing from Biden, she sent him a registered letter. The next year, after an accurate CBS television report on the accident, Hamill said she received a phone call from Biden. Hamill told Politico: “He apologized for hurting my family in any way. So we accepted that — and kind of end of story from there.”

Joe’s calling card is decency, an affable man without a malicious bone in his body. Yet he allowed Dunn, who died in 1999, to go to his grave having been falsely shamed by Biden as a drunk driver responsible for the death of Biden’s wife and newborn daughter. What “decent” man does that?



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  1. Taking it a step further, if Joe Biden were a “regular guy” who loves America more than he hates Donald Trump, he would do the right thing = DROP OUT of the presidential race. Sadly, modern culture tolerates LIES & FALSE NARRATIVES….. aren’t they the same thing ? // “… and the Truth will make you free…”

  2. I am a very nasty seventy-three year old retired federal law enforcement how some ever do not mistake age for senility I still remember former Vice President Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden bragging about committing a crime on television to wit having a Ukrainian investigative prosecutor who was investigating the extremely corrupt Burisma Holdings Limited is a holding company for a group of energy exploration and production companies. What was even funnier was seeing the currant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray wearing metaphorical sackcloth and ashes and pounding his chest and chanting “I screwed up! I screwed up! I really screwed up!”

  3. Yes, Joe Biden had neurosurgery many years ago. He is in excellent health today, and his mental faculties are as sharp as a tack.

  4. Ahh, my man Larry, another very informative, useful, factual article. Thanks for that!

    The Dunn story strikes a chord. My nephew, on my wife’s side, was a truck driver. He also was involved in a deadly accident that caused him to quit the business.

    As with Mr. Dunn, there was little or nothing he could have done in preventing what happened. There is a reason people are CAUTIONED to give those BIG RIGS plenty of room, they can NOT respond like some automobiles. BIG RIGS often ‘appear’ to have excessive room between them and the vehicle ahead. Truck drivers leave that distance between them and the vehicle in front of them for a reason, and it is NOT for some car to FILL it in. In my nephew’s case, his ‘safety distance’ was infiltrated, while in fairly rapidly moving traffic, and had traffic continued moving, he could have re-established that safety zone. The deadly problem, almost immediately, however, was emergency braking began. The car only several feet now in front of my nephew’s truck was locking it down – of course, my truck driving relative ‘attempted’ to do the same. The truck stopped alright; however, the front end where the engine resides was stopped in the car’s back seat! The individual in the back seat, sadly, was killed!

    Sorry about the tome. My point has little to do with Biden and his ‘problems!’ Most of the driving public has little idea what they are dealing with when motoring around those BIG RIGS. Just a little ‘info’ for dealing with those ‘deadly’ large rigs:

    1) When loaded, they are tons of moving mass that can not stop in short distances unless moving slowly (if you watch some movie showing a large ship, uncontrolled, take out most of a seaport, you might get the idea)! 2) Unloaded those BIG BOYS, everything being equal and working right, can stop faster than most any automobile. I have to believe that any trucker doing any ‘bumper tag’ has to have an EMPTY trailer attached or is hallucinating on drugs, is incompetent or both, and needs to be locked up! 3) DON’T hang around those BIG DUDES any longer than necessary to GET OUTTA THEIR WAY, and never let one ride your bumper any longer than you can find a way to ESCAPE! 4) Last being, apply #3 liberally, keep your eye on any of these trucks close to you, for all the reasons noted, but also aware that they are prone to, but rarely, EXPLODE tires like bombs going off, or shed retreads that can at least damage your vehicle if not come through a window and damage you! I’ve put many miles of rubber on the roads, and have seen those ‘bombs!’

    BE SAFE, and may God bless us all!