On Sunday, President Joe Biden faced harsh criticism for repeating an allegedly false claim about a Navy appointment and singling out a young girl during a “Friendsgiving” meal for service members.
While speaking at an early holiday meal, dubbed “Friendsgiving,” in a hanger at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, Biden told military personnel, “By the way, I’m all Navy. But I was appointed… I was gonna go play [football] at the Naval Academy until I found out the other guys in the backfield were a guy named Roger Staubach and Joe Bellino.”
Biden had previously claimed to Air Force graduates in June that he applied to the Naval academy after graduating high school, which occurred in 1961. In 2022, Biden told Naval Adademy graduates that he was “appointed to the [Naval] Academy in 1965.”
However, the truth of those claims has been hotly contested, with RNC Research, an account on X, asserting that there was no record of either event occurring, and major news outlets contesting the claims, but stopping short of calling them lies.
RNC Research, an account reportedly backed by the Republican National Committee, and dedicated to “exposing the lies, hypocrisy, and failed far-left policies of Joe Biden and the Democrat Party,” shared another clip showing Biden address a 6-year-old girl who had been listening to the president’s remarks from a table in the hangar awaiting the holiday meal.
“And I love your ears. I love ‘em, they’re really cool,” Biden says, walking up to and crouching down to the girl, who appeared to be wearing an animal-ear headband, “What’s your name?”
“Catherine,” the girl responded.
“Catherine? What a beautiful name. That’s my mommy’s name,” Biden said. “How old are you? 17?”
Her younger brother calls out, “No, she’s 6,” before Biden then guesses that the 4-year-old boy could be 15.
“Be nice to your sister, you’re gonna need her one day,” Biden tells the boy. “At least, I did.”
During the same remarks, Biden told a group of children, “I like kids better than people.”
The event, which kicked off the week of Thanksgiving, included service members associated with the Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gerald R. Ford aircraft carriers, along with their families. Both vessels are deployed in the eastern Mediterranean amid the Israel-Hamas war. Biden also thanked members for their service before serving part of the meal.
“I’m proud of all of you. And I want to assure you one thing I hope I’ve demonstrated so far. We always, always have your back, always have your back,” Biden also told service members Sunday, a day before his 81st birthday. “We have a lot of obligations as a government. We only have one truly sacred obligation, and that is to prepare those who we send into harm’s way, care for them and their families when they come home, and make sure they’re never forgotten.”
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