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 April 20, 2024

White House Goes Into Damage Control Over Biden's Tall Tale Of Uncle's Death At The Hands Of Cannibals

The White House is engaged in damage control after President Joe Biden made controversial remarks regarding his uncle's death during World War II, suggesting an embellished narrative involving cannibals.

The Washington Examiner reported that during a recent campaign speech in Pennsylvania, President Biden shared a dramatic version of his uncle Ambrose Finnegan's death during WWII, a story that contradicts historical military records.

Amidst the ongoing three-day campaign tour across Pennsylvania, President Biden took a moment during his speech in Pittsburgh to reflect on his family's military history. He recounted the wartime service of his uncle, Ambrose Finnegan, which later became a topic of scrutiny.

Press Questions the Cannibal Narrative

Biden vividly described Finnegan as a heroic pilot volunteering for a mission intending to replace a fellow pilot. According to Biden, this mission ended tragically with Finnegan’s plane being shot down over New Guinea.

“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 at the time,” Biden stated, adding a mystique to the account that sparked immediate media attention.

Following the speech, journalists accompanying President Biden to Philadelphia pressed him regarding the authenticity of the narrative. This questioning was fueled by Pentagon records that starkly contradicted Biden’s cinematic depiction of events.

Reporters learned that according to the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Finnegan’s plane suffered engine failures and was forced to ditch into the ocean, not in cannibal-occupied territories as suggested by Biden but off the north coast of New Guinea.

This fact check prompted a reevaluation of the story that the President shared, highlighting discrepancies between personal anecdotes and recorded military history.

White House Response and Clarification

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the controversy in a press meeting on Thursday. She emphasized Biden's emotional connection to his uncle’s service, explaining that the President’s recount was a reflection of his deep respect and pride for his family's military service.

“You saw the president. He was incredibly proud of his uncle’s service in uniform. It was incredibly emotional and important to him,” Jean-Pierre commented, trying to shift focus back to the broader message of Biden’s speech that aimed at honoring military commitments and correcting narrative misunderstandings of past administrations.

“The president highlighted his uncle’s story as he made the case for honoring our sacred commitment to equip those we send to war and to take care of them and their families when they come home,” she added. She pointed out that Biden's main message was a stark contrast to how his 2024 rival had previously regarded military personnel.

Concluding Reflections on Military Honor and Narrative Accuracy

In his visit to the war memorial, President Biden exhibited profound reverence as he searched for his uncle’s name among the honored. This moment, according to Jean-Pierre, reinforced the gravity with which Biden views the office of the commander-in-chief and its responsibilities towards military personnel.

The ongoing narrative adjustments underscore a vital aspect of political communication — the need for accuracy, especially when relating personal anecdotes connected to historical events. These serve as a powerful reminder of the responsibilities that leaders hold in shaping public perceptions of history.

Ultimately, while President Biden’s intent to honor his uncle’s memory and military sacrifices was clear, the factual inaccuracies in his narrative prompted significant public and media scrutiny, leading to a broader discussion about historical accuracy and respect for military histories.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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