Biden Tells Devastated Hawaiians About the Time He Almost Lost His Corvette In a Small Fire

Brittany M. Hughes | August 22, 2023
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A quick note, to the simple-minded: if you’re trying to make someone feel better about losing their home, their livelihood, and everything they’ve ever owned due to a natural disaster, don’t tell them about that one time you stubbed your toe as a way to relate.

But apparently no one gave Joe Biden that memo, being that that’s exactly what he just did in Hawaii Monday when he told displaced islanders about how his kitchen once caught fire, a fairly innocuous story that Biden has grossly exaggerated over years of repeating it.

“I don’t want to compare difficulties, but I have a little sense, Jill and I, of what it’s like to lose a home,” Biden began.

He then launched into the story of how “about 15 years ago” (it was almost 20) he was in Washington, D.C. when he got the call that his house had caught fire thanks to an unfortunate lightning strike.

“Long story short, I almost lost my wife, my '67 corvette and my cat,” he joked.

According to a report at the time, the Bidens’ 2004 near-death encounter was described as a “small fire” that was “contained to the kitchen” and "was under control in 20 minutes." But that hasn't stopped the president from upping the size of the fish and describing the incident as a raging inferno that almost claimed the life of his spouse and nearly destroyed his beloved sports car.

Related: Maui Revelations: There Were Widespread Power-Grid Malfunctions Just Before Wildfires Raged

Biden told the same story to survivors of a Colorado wildfire back in January of 2022, where he claimed that “We only lost about 25% of [the house]. We were able to rebuild. But, you know, the hard part is the memorabilia you lost. The special things that you had put away that you lost.”

He also mentioned the same story in 2021, when he claimed, “And I know, having had a house burn down with my wife in it — she got out safely, God willing — that having a significant portion of it burn, I can tell, 10 minutes makes a hell of a difference.”

The truth makes a hell of a difference, too - not that Biden would know.

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