Monday, December 09, 2019

Maeve Reston on Biden's "damn liar" retort to 83 year old Merle Gorman

Related to the recent post on IPBiz [
Biden boasting about his IQ again? Go back to April 3, 1987 in Claremont, New Hampshire
], IPBiz notes the recent post by
Maeve Reston of CNN titled
Analysis: What Biden's 'damn liar' exchange shows when it comes to his candidacy

Within Reston's analysis of the exchange between Biden and the 83 year old Merle Gorman, one finds Reston writing:

The mano-a-mano moment was reminiscent of Biden's exchange during his 1988 campaign with New Hampshire voter Frank Fahey
who asked Biden where he went to law school and what his class rank was.

"I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship,"
the then-Delaware senator replied. "I'd be delighted to sit down and compare my IQ to yours if you'd like."

Of course the facts [fat?] were mis-stated by Biden in 1987, who did not go to Syracuse Law School on a full academic scholarship and graduated
well near the bottom of his law school class. And Biden separately received an "F" in one 1L course for plagiarism.

See for example, Michael Chapman's 2019 post titled Flashback: 'Biden Admits Plagiarizing in Law School,' 'Academic Claims Inaccurate' as well as various posts on IPBiz through the years.

The charge by the 83 year old was that Biden sent his "son over there, to get a job and work for a gas company, that he had no experience with gas, nothing."
The specific denial, related to the scope of the question, was basically no, I did not send my son over there. Whether Hunter Biden getting a high paying job at the
time Joe Biden was Vice-President might be construed to be "bad optics," even if Joe Biden decided to look the other way.

Perhaps Merle Gorman could have asked the question in a different way, limiting the issue to Hunter [last name] Biden getting big bucks at the same time
Joe [last name] Biden influenced US policy in the Ukraine.

Reston also wrote:

The exchange unfolded at a town hall in New Hampton, Iowa, on Thursday afternoon when Biden's 83-year-old adversary inaccurately accused of the former vice president of arranging a job for his son Hunter at a Ukraine oil company, thereby "selling access to the presidency," and punctuated his charges by asserting Biden was just "too old" to be commander in chief.

"You're a damn liar man," Biden said, addressing the allegation about Hunter with a flash of anger in his eyes. "That's not true and no one has ever said that."

He answered the man's attack on his age and his mental agility by showing the streak of unvarnished masculinity that has long been part of Biden's public persona.

"You want to check my shape -- let's do push-ups together man. Let's run, let's do whatever you want to do," Biden said.

repeating Biden's error of referencing the company as an oil company, when in fact as Gorman noted, it is a gas company.

Separately, one wonders "how macho" it is to challenge an 83 year old to do pushups, or compare IQs.

See also [On the Delaware bar matter]


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