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Biden bizarrely claims he watched 2022 bridge collapse, but he was not present

 August 16, 2023

President Joe Biden's recent statement about witnessing a bridge collapse in Pittsburgh in 2022 has raised the eyebrows of critics who are calling it yet another exaggerated claim from someone who has a curious habit of making such statements.

In a recent event in Wisconsin, Biden made a surprising assertion. He told the audience that he had witnessed the collapse of a bridge in Pittsburgh in 2022. This statement led to discussions on social media and among political circles, given that Biden has made embellished statements of the sort numerous times in the past, all of which make his claims even more controversial, as reported by Fox News.

Context of the president's statement

During a visit to Ingeteam, a wind turbine generator manufacturer in Milwaukee, President Biden was discussing his economic policies.

It was in this context that he mentioned the bridge collapse in Pittsburgh. He stated:

A lot of you were with me when I was in Pittsburgh. I watched that bridge collapse.

The president described the scene, saying the bridge was over 200 feet off the ground, spanning a valley. He expressed relief that schools were out during the pandemic when the incident occurred.

Clarifying the timeline

However, the actual events tell a different story. On Jan. 28, 2022, the 477-foot Forbes Avenue Bridge in Pittsburgh did collapse.

This unfortunate event injured multiple individuals. President Biden was indeed in Pittsburgh on that day, but his visit was for a pre-planned speech. The location of his speech was approximately four miles away from the collapsed bridge.

Reportedly, Biden did visit the site of the damage later, but he did not witness the collapse as it happened.

The Republican National Committe (RNC) posted the clip of Biden's speech on X -- formerly known as Twitter -- and mocked him for making false claim. The RNC posted:

 That didn't happen.

Previous exaggerations

This isn't the first time President Biden's statements have been under scrutiny. He has a history of making exaggerated claims about personal experiences.

For instance, in November of 2021, he mentioned a house fire incident involving his wife. He also repeated a debunked story about an Amtrak employee during a speech in New Jersey.

In 2020, Biden had to clarify his claims about being arrested in apartheid-era South Africa while attempting to visit Nelson Mandela.

Another instance from 2019 involved a story about a Navy captain in Afghanistan, which was later debunked by the Washington Post.

Other controversial statements

In 2013, Biden claimed to have heard gunshots from an Amish schoolhouse shooting in Pennsylvania while he was playing golf nearby in 2006.

This claim was later refuted by the Washington Times. The outlet reported that no golf course in the vicinity had any record of hosting Biden at that time.

Another statement from 2008 involved Biden's helicopter in Afghanistan. He said it was "forced down" by al Qaeda insurgents.

However, The Associated Press later clarified that the helicopter had to land due to a snowstorm, not enemy action.


  • President Biden claimed to have witnessed a bridge collapse in Pittsburgh in 2022.
  • The actual event occurred hours before his scheduled speech in the city.
  • This is not the first time Biden's statements have been questioned.
  • Previous claims include stories about personal experiences and events abroad.
  • Accurate communication is crucial, especially from public figures.