It probably doesn’t come as a galloping shock that a guy who instructs debate viewers to “Go to Joe Three Oh, Three Three Oh” doesn’t understand that the Internet is forever.
This is the near-octogenarian who believes record players are in still in vogue and once famously asked what the “website number” was for the Stimulus website.
Expecting him to grasp the concept that the Internet is forever is like expecting my Mom, who has never used a computer in her life, to explain what an IP address is (no offense, Mom).
But you’d think that the Biden campaign has people on board who understand enough about the Internet to quietly explain to Joe that video of past speeches of his are easily obtained online because the Internet is forever.
Yesterday, Joe was asked by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, “If you were ever handed a piece of intelligence that said you can stop an imminent attack on Americans but you have to use an airstrike to take out a terror leader, would you pull the trigger?”
And Old “No Malarkey” Joe quickly answered, “Well, we did. Guy’s name was Osama bin Laden.”
There’s just two problems with that statement.
First, Osama bin Laden was not taken out with an airstrike. I wasn’t in the situation room the way Joe Biden was, and even I know that Osama bin Laden was taken out by a special operator named Robert O’Neill during a covert mission.
You’d think Joe would know how Osama bin Laden was killed.
Then again, Obama killed so many people with airstrikes, maybe Joe just got confused.
The second problem is old “No Malarkey” Joe trying to make it sound like the decision to take out bin Laden was one he was on board with.
Yes, Joe was there in the situation room when they discussed this plan, but it wasn’t his opinion that the operation go forward.
And Doocy pressed him on this fact, asking, “Didn’t you tell President Obama not to go after bin Laden?”
And “No Malarkey” Joe flat-out lied.
“No, I didn’t,” he answered. “I didn’t.”
Does Joe really think he can get away with lying about this?
Does he not know the Internet is forever?
It took no time for the Trump campaign to find video proof that Joe Biden’s advice to Barack Obama was not to go.
And who was the one who debunked Joe’s latest lie? Why, as is usually the case, Joe himself did.
Trump Team member Zach Parkinson provided a 10-tweet thread of further evidence that Biden opposed the bin Laden raid.
Included in this thread was video of Barack Obama himself, during a debate with Romney, pointing out Joe’s reticence to proceed with the raid. And given how desperately Joe wants Obama to get on board Team Biden, of all the evidence Parkinson laid out in this thread, that is one that will sting the most.
5/ There's one problem with Biden's claim though: virtually every other account from Obama Administration officials contradicts— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) January 3, 2020
Including Barack Obama, who in 2012, said Biden had "the same critique" of the raid as Mitt Romney did pic.twitter.com/37vDBKHyOr
Now, it’s plausible Joe isn’t lying exactly.
It could be that he simply doesn’t remember. After all, this is the guy who can’t remember what state he’s in half the time.
And obviously from that interview with Doocy, Joe doesn’t even remember how bin Laden was taken out.
So I guess there’s a chance that he genuinely does not recall what he said in the situation room on that fateful day.
It’s hard to know with Joe.
Something tells me, however, that Joe is deliberately rewriting his role in bin Laden’s death in order to look like he’s just as tough as Trump.
Come on, you know that’s a strong possibility.
We’re all familiar with Joe’s need to appear like a tough-guy — which is why he often indulges in fabricating or exaggerating events in order to portray himself as some kind of action hero.
And now, running against a President who just took out the single biggest terror chief in the world, no doubt Joe wants to make it seem as if he too has a history of making tough calls.
But sadly for Joe, the Internet is forever.
And we know the truth. When given the opportunity to take out bin Laden, Vice President Biden was a No.
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