[guest post by JVW]
From National Review Online:
President Biden’s recent claim that he awarded his war hero uncle a Purple Heart during his tenure as vice president is not supported by a timeline of historical events.
At a military veterans event at Delaware’s National Guard headquarters on December 16, Biden said that his uncle fought in World War II and was eligible for the Purple Heart but never received it, Factcheck.org first noted. Once he was elected vice president, Biden claimed that his father encouraged him to give his uncle Frank a Purple Heart. Awarded strictly to service members who were wounded or killed in action, the Purple Heart is the military’s highest commendation.
“You know, I — my dad, when I got elected vice president, he said, ‘Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.’ He was not feeling very well now — not because of the Battle of the Bulge. But he said, ‘And he won the Purple Heart. And he never received it. He never — he never got it. Do you think you could help him get it? We’ll surprise him,’” Biden said in his speech.
However, Biden’s uncle passed away in 1999 and his father passed away in 2002 — years before he became vice president in 2009.
Maybe this isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, except that it once again calls into question President Biden’s mental acuity, especially now that he is a month past his 80th birthday. Telling harmless stories about family members isn’t the worst sin an elected official can commit, though certainly those who fib about inconsequential things tend to lie about important matters too.