The US-EU Summit held in the Cabinet Room of the White House was an important diplomatic meeting. However, it also featured an interesting anecdote from President Joe Biden.
A Familiar Tale
President Biden has a habit of sharing a particular story that has raised eyebrows and skepticism.
The Purple Heart Claim
In this narrative, President Biden claimed to have awarded his uncle Frank a Purple Heart for his valor during the Battle of the Bulge.
A Shifting Timeline
What makes this story intriguing is that the timeline keeps changing.
In a previous version, Biden claimed to have given his uncle the Purple Heart while serving as Vice President.
Fact-Checking the Tale
According to The New York Post, no evidence supports this claim, and the timeline doesn’t add up.
Biden’s father, Joseph R. Biden Sr., passed away in 2002, six years before Joe was elected Vice President. His uncle, Frank Biden, died in 1999.
Biden’s Version of Events
Biden’s recollection of the story is as follows: “My dad, when I got elected vice president…he said, ‘Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.’”
The Missing Purple Heart
According to the President, his uncle was awarded a Purple Heart, but it was never presented to him.
Biden’s Heroic Gesture
In his story, Joe Biden describes how he made it his mission to find and present the Purple Heart to his uncle as a surprise.
The Family Gathering
The President reminisces about the moment he handed the Purple Heart to his uncle, surrounded by their family.
A Rejected Honor
In a surprising twist, Biden recalls his uncle’s refusal to accept the Purple Heart, stating, “I don’t want the d*** thing.”
The Reason for Rejection
Uncle Frank’s reasoning for refusing the Purple Heart is deeply touching. He felt unworthy because others had died while he survived.
A Familiar Refrain
President Biden shared this same story again in a town hall event with veterans in December.
The Question of Truth
The persistent retelling of this story raises questions about its accuracy and the President’s propensity for embellishing the truth.
A Curious Tale Amid Diplomacy
While the US-EU Summit focused on international relations and diplomacy, the President’s story added an unexpected and curious angle to the proceedings.
The US-EU Summit was undoubtedly a significant event in international politics.
Still, President Biden’s penchant for storytelling and the recurring tale of the Purple Heart added a unique and thought-provoking element to the event.
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