Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech at the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, and though it appears as though he avoided making any major gaffes, that isn’t always the case.
Biden has quite a history of making gaffes during public appearances, whether it be saying something incredibly stupid, making rather insensitive statements, acting awkwardly, embellishing stories for added effect, or even outright lying about things that never happened.
There is one particular story told by Biden that has repeatedly been embellished, most likely in order to garner additional sympathy, as it is the story of the tragic car accident that claimed the life of his wife and daughter in 1972, according to The Right Scoop.
A CBS News report laid out all of the details of the incident in 2009, relating the facts of the 1972 accident in which a truck driven by a man named Curtis Dunn crashed into the Biden family car in Delaware, killing Biden’s wife and baby daughter and injuring his two sons.
And as CBS reported, Biden has embellished the tale:
“At least twice, Biden himself has made public references to alcohol being involved in the crash. In 2007 Biden said the truck driver ‘allegedly … drank his lunch.’ And multiple news outlets, including CBS News, have reported that Dunn was drunk.”
Dunn was never charged with a crime stemming from the accident, though his daughter, Pam Hamill, said that he had suffered as well and grieved tremendously from the time of accident until his death in 1999.
Though the crash was considered nothing more than a terrible accident, Biden has on occasion seemed to imply that alcohol may have been a factor in the wreck, suggesting that Dunn was driving drunk when the crash happened.
It may be possible that Biden was merely trying to get attention for himself or trying to make a broader point in those instances, but it is still somewhat disgusting that he would use such a close and personal loss to score political points, if in fact that is what he had been doing.
Or it could just be that he has lied so many times about so many things that he simply doesn’t even know what the truth is anymore.