Joe Biden likes to talk about Joe Biden, and he likes to exaggerate things. Greg has had great fun with Biden’s tales of his helicopter being “forced down in Afghanistan.” (It was an early landing due to a pending snowstorm.) And Biden’s blue-collar upbringing is the stuff of legend. Literally — he’s not from a working-class background.
But why would you emotionally beef up the story of how your wife was killed in a car accident? Isn’t it horrific enough? Biden apparently has been saying for years that the truck driver who killed his wife in an accident (who has since died himself) was drunk. He wasn’t.
Since his vice presidential nomination, Joe Biden’s 2007 statement that a “guy who allegedly … drank his lunch” and drove the truck that struck and killed his first wife and daughter has gained national media traction.
Alcohol didn’t play a role in the 1972 crash, investigators found. But as recently as last week, the syndicated TV show Inside Edition aired a clip from 2001 of Biden describing the accident to an audience at the University of Delaware and saying the truck driver “stopped to drink instead of drive.” The senator’s statements don’t jibe with news and law enforcement reports from the time, which cleared driver Curtis C. Dunn, who died in 1999, of wrongdoing.
“To see it coming from [Biden’s] mouth, I just burst into tears,” Dunn’s daughter, Glasgow resident Pamela Hamill, 44, said Wednesday. “My dad was always there for us. Now we feel like we should be there for him because he’s not here to defend himself.”
It’s a pretty hideous situation all the way around. Why make it more hideous for the poor guy and his family by saying he was drunk? Is there a reporter with guts sufficient to ask Biden that question?