In the last weeks, Joe Biden made various gaffes, that were later explained as an effect of his tiresome campaign lifestyle. But what he did recently in New Hampshire, is something more serious. He confabulated few stories into a one, that in reality never happened.
It's not sure if what Biden did last Friday in New Hampshire is an effect of his memory problems or just his bad intention to lie. During his rally in New Hampshire, he conflated few stories into a one, effectively creating something that never happened.
In New Hampshire, Biden was telling the story of how brave American soldiers can be. He recalled how one time he had an encounter in Afghanistan with the captain of the US Army, that didn't want a medal from Biden, because his friend died in action. The captain, according to Biden's words in New Hampshire, "rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire to rescue the body of a fallen American soldier," like National Review quoted Biden's words. Later the same captain, which was meant to be decorated by Biden for his bravery in action, declined the medal.
"Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!" was shouting Joe Biden during the rally in New Hampshire, recalling the action in Afghanistan. “Do not pin it on me, sir! Please, sir. Do not do that! He died. He died," Biden recalled once again soldier's bravery.The problem is, that this never happened. The first media outlet that noticed this Biden's mistake was Washington Post. Its journalists noticed that Biden actually connected three stories into a one, making "something new", that never happened. The stories that Biden used to conflate them into a new one, were about brave rescue attempt of 20-years old American soldier, Biden's visit to Afghanistan's province Kunar in 2008, and finally a story about US Army sergeant that declined the medal one time.
After Washington Post's article, Biden was quick to defend his story.
“I was making the point how courageous these people are, how incredible they are, this generation of warriors, these fallen angels we’ve lost,” he said during a podcast Cape Up. “I don’t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong,” continued Biden.
And it's not the first time when presidential candidates mix things up. Some of them do it by mistake, and some of them to stress how brave and dedicated they are to the USA. Hillary Clinton said years ago that she landed in Bosnia and was under snipers' fire. Like it appeared later, her story was false.
But after so many gaffes, Biden is still confident. "I say if they're concerned, don't vote for me," he said during his talk with reporters in Keene, New Hampshire.