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Biden repeatedly told lies about his house fire to victims who faced tragedies

 August 23, 2023

President Joe Biden's account of an incident from 15 years ago involving a minor fire at his Delaware residence has come under the lens of scrutiny once more.

This reexamination comes after he mentioned the incident to the victims of the devastating wildfires in Hawaii, stating he could relate "a little sense" to their ordeal, as Fox News reported.

Biden Recalls Wilmington House Incident

During his tour of fire-stricken parts of Maui, Biden brought up the lightning-sparked fire at his Wilmington house. 

Biden mentioned that while he and Jill wouldn't equate their experiences, they do understand the pain of almost losing a home. 

He stated, "Years ago, now 15 years, I was in Washington doing Meet the Press. … Lightning struck at home on a little lake outside the home. Not a lake. A big pond. It hit the wire and came up underneath our home, into the … air condition ducts."

"To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my '67 Corvette, and my cat," said the president.

Varied Accounts Over the Years

Biden has frequently narrated this incident over recent years, seemingly as a means to relate to those affected by natural disasters and other tragedies.

As archived in LexisNexis, a report from The Associated Press in 2004 states that lightning struck Biden's residence, causing a "small fire that was contained to the kitchen." According to the report, the fire department extinguished the fire in a mere 20 minutes, ensuring it didn't spread beyond the kitchen.

The Republican National Committee, in a move to highlight inconsistencies, recently shared videos of Biden narrating different versions of this event. Among these are accounts where he told Hurricane Ian victims that he lost a significant portion of his house due to the fire. 

Moreover, during the Summit on Fire Prevention and Control in 2022, Biden painted a rather grim picture, claiming smoke damage throughout the house and suggesting firefighters were nearly injured. In November of 2021, he recalled his house burning down with his wife inside, from which she emerged safely.

Comparisons to Previous Remarks

The president's recent remarks to those affected in Maui draw parallels to his previous interactions. Many recollect the Biden's perceived insensitivity towards Gold Star families grieving the loss of service members in the 2021 Kabul terror attack during the Afghanistan pullout.

Several Gold Star family members remember Biden frequently mentioning the tragic passing of his son Beau, who succumbed to brain cancer after serving in Iraq in 2015.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) noted on X (previously Twitter), "It's the same callousness Biden showed toward the Gold Star Families after his Afghanistan withdrawal. The cruelty and lack of empathy show Biden's real character."

Some Gold Star families continue to express disappointment over Biden's attitude following the Kabul terrorist act, which claimed the lives of 13 American service members. 

Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-48) highlighted his ongoing wait for a response from the White House regarding a proposed meeting between Biden and these grieving families.

Sharing her experience post the Kabul attack, Cheyenne McCollum, who lost her brother, stated that President Biden avoided eye contact and focused their brief interaction on his son, Beau. "I was able to stand about 15 seconds of his fake, scripted apology, and I had to walk away," she said in 2021. 

Shana Chappell, the mother to Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, penned a critical Facebook post, expressing her disappointment with how Biden dominated their conversation with mentions of Beau and seemingly displayed dismissiveness when she confronted him.