Presidential Candidate Joe Biden recently retold a story he’s been telling, and changing, for years. According to Biden, he flew to the Kunar Province in Afghanistan to pin the Silver Star on a young man for repelling down a wall to retrieve a comrade. In the story, the tearful Navy Captain told Biden he didn’t deserve it because he didn’t save his fellow soldier.
Biden ignored others who told him not to go because it was too dangerous. In responding to them, he said:
“We can lose a vice president. We can’t lose many more of these kids.”
Except, the story didn’t happen, although Biden lived pieces of the story at different times.
He did visit Kunar Province in 2008, when he was a Senator, and he did watch a Major General pin a Bronze Star on an Army Specialist for pulling a fellow soldier behind a rock.
As President Trump clearly shows, embellishing, changing, and mixing up stories isn’t a reason to keep someone from the White House, but it’s likely that the other Democratic challengers will seize on some of Biden’s “mis-rememberings” as a way to tear at him in the weeks and months ahead.