In some ways, President Joe Biden is the perfect politician given his propensity to appropriate the heritage of whatever demographic he may be speaking to or that may fit a given political narrative at the time. Not a joke.
On Tuesday, after a surprise visit to Ukraine, a befuddled President Biden met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw and boasted about growing up in a Polish community.
“I was, as a young man, I was born in a coal town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, northeastern Pennsylvania, in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood,” Biden said. “Then when coal died, we moved down to Delaware, to a town called Claymont, Delaware, which was a working-class town, but everybody in town was either Polish or Italian. I grew up feeling self-conscious my name didn’t end in an S-K-I or an O.”
“But all kidding aside, the connection between — I was telling the president, the pride, the overwhelming, demonstrable pride that Polish Americans feel about Poland and the role you are playing now, we were talking about it, it is extreme,” he continued. “It is. You would be — if you haven’t seen it, you should come and see it.”
Biden betrays the Puerto Rican neighborhood of his youth, pines for Polish-sounding last name pic.twitter.com/TxRsOTKbee
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) February 21, 2023
Imagine the surprise of the Puerto Rican community to hear this, given that while touring hurricane damage on the island last year, Biden spoke of a “large Puerto Rican population in Delaware — relative to our population” and claimed that he was “sort of raised in the Puerto Rican community at home, politically.”
Or the black community. After all, Biden claimed during a 2020 speech to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH coalition, “I got raised in the black church.” The remark coming as the Democratic politician claimed to be involved in the civil rights movement helping organize anti-segregation protests in the early 1960s — a claim that does not hold up when fact-checked.
Oh, and on top of having ties to the Polish, Puerto Rican and black communities, the president also has some Italian in him.
While speaking at the Annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon last year, Biden said, “I married Dominic Giacoppa’s daughter, so… I got a little Italian in me now, you know?”
Naturally, he flubbed the line, given that Giacoppa was actually Jill Biden’s grandfather, not her father.
It seems Biden is a blank slate ready to morph into whatever he needs to be to carry the day… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
For those who haven’t been paying attention, Biden is half half Puerto Rican, half black, half Jewish, half Republican, half Polish, half Italian, and half coal miner
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 21, 2023
He went to Hebrew school a lot, too – the one taught in Spanish at the local black Baptist church.
— President Doctor (@LDreeniatnuom) February 21, 2023
To be fair, Poland is the Scranton of the EU so he may have been getting nostalgic.
Source: Nellie said this in the finale episode of The Office.
— G27radio (@g27radio) February 21, 2023
Leave President Bidenowski alone.
— NYC Stock Investor (@NycStock) February 22, 2023
The Zelig of political liars.
— BeeLady (@miamivandynyu) February 22, 2023
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