President Joe Biden sparked controversy by once again asserting that he was “raised in the synagogues” of Delaware, a claim that has been met with skepticism due to a lack of substantial evidence to support it.
This is not the first time President Biden has made such claims, and it has raised questions about his attempts to connect with different cultural backgrounds.
During a call with a group of rabbis ahead of Rosh Hashanah, quoted by The Guardian on September 19, President Biden stated, “I, you might say, was raised in the synagogues of my state. You think I’m kidding, I’m not.” He went on to emphasize, “I probably went to shul more than many of you did.”
President Biden also claimed that he received his education at the Congregation Beth Shalom in Wilmington, Delaware. However, investigations into his memoirs have failed to find any mention of Beth Shalom or attending synagogue.
This is not the first time President Biden has made such assertions. Last year, during a speech marking Rosh Hashanah, he repeated the claim, insisting that he “went to shul more than many” and that he “received his education” at Beth Shalom.
The New York Post previously reported on the absence of evidence supporting these claims.
President Biden’s assertion that he was involved in the civil rights movement before becoming a senator has also come under scrutiny. During his 1988 presidential bid, he admitted that this claim was not accurate. In 1987, he stated, “During the ’60s, I was, in fact, very concerned about the civil rights movement.
I was not an activist. I worked at an all-black swimming pool on the east side of Wilmington, Delaware. I was involved in what they were thinking, and in what they were feeling. But I was not out marching, I was not down in Selma, I was not anywhere else.”
These statements have raised questions about President Biden’s credibility when discussing his past and cultural background. Critics argue that such claims may be attempts to connect with various communities, but they also underscore the importance of transparency and accuracy in the statements made by public figures.
As President Biden continues to engage with diverse audiences, the scrutiny surrounding these claims serves as a reminder of the need for accurate and verifiable information in public discourse.
It remains to be seen how these assertions will impact his presidency and his ability to connect with the American people.