Biden’s tall tale that cannibals in Papua New Guinea ate his uncle angers locals

President Joe Biden served up another whopper with his story about his uncle whom he seemed to suggest had been eaten by cannibals in Papua New Guinea during WWII.

“Good old Joe from Scranton” was back on his Pennsylvania home turf this week when he told the tall tale of poor “Uncle Bosie” who may have become dinner when his plane went down in the primitive area known to be the domain of human flesh-eating savages.

“Ambrose Finnegan — we called him ‘Uncle Bosie’ — he — he was shot down,” Biden told the press. “He was Army Air Corps before there was an Air Force. He flew single-engine planes, reconnaissance flights over New Guinea. He had volunteered because someone couldn’t make it. He got shot down in an area where there were a lot of cannibals in New Guinea at the time. They never recovered his body.”

Biden’s yarn didn’t pass the smell test and a look at the military’s official account shows that the fabricator-in-chief was up to his usual tricks.

But even if it was more of the geriatric career politician’s malarkey, Papua New Guineans had difficulty digesting the idea that “Uncle Bosie” may have ended up as the main course with Biden blaming it on their native country.

“The Melanesian group of people, who Papua New Guinea is part of, are a very proud people,” University of Papua New Guinea political science lecturer Michael Kabuni told The Guardian. “And they would find this kind of categorisation very offensive. Not because someone says ‘oh there used to be cannibalism in PNG’ – yes, we know that, that’s a fact.”

“But taking it out of context, and implying that your [uncle] jumps out of the plane and somehow we think it’s a good meal is unacceptable,” Kabuni said.

“It paints PNG in a bad light. PNG has already had a lot of negative press around riots and tribal fighting and this doesn’t help, and [the claims are] unsubstantiated,” University of Papua New Guinea economics lecturer Maholopa Laveil told the outlet, saying that Biden’s claims weren’t helpful and noted that he canceled a trip to the country last year.

“For a US president to say that – particularly after a lot of deals have been struck with PNG and the work they’ve been doing in the Pacific – even off the cuff, I don’t think that should have been said at all,” said Maholopa.

“I am lost for words actually,” Allan Bird, the governor of East Sepik told The Guardian. “I don’t feel offended. It’s hilarious really. I am sure when Biden was a child, those are the things he heard his parents say. And it probably stuck with him all his life.”

On Friday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was put on the spot over her boss’s remarks during the daily press briefing by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy.

“On May 14, 1944, an A-20 havoc (serial number 42-86768), with a crew of three and one passenger, departed Momote Airfield, Los Negros Island, for a courier flight to Nadzab Airfield, New Guinea. For unknown reasons, this plane was forced to ditch in the ocean off the north coast of New Guinea,” the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s website states. “Both engines failed at low altitude, and the aircraft’s nose hit the water hard. Three men failed to emerge from the sinking wreck and were lost in the crash. One crew member survived and was rescued by a passing barge. An aerial search the next day found no trace of the missing aircraft or the lost crew members.”

Chris Donaldson


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