Joe Biden, the president, made the choice on Friday to invoke Brian Williams’ career ghost.
In Carlsbad, California, the president was seeking to win over more Democrats by praising the CHIPS and Science Act. He enthralled the audience members in the speech he gave at the Viasat corporate headquarters as well as viewers at home with the dramatic account of how he managed to survive when his chopper “went down” in Afghanistan.
“A lot of you have been to Afghanistan. I’ve been to every part of it. It’s a godforsaken place. It’s a godforsaken place,” Biden said.
“When we — my helicopter went down, I was with the — the — the commander as well as a couple snipers and — and a guy named [Chuck] Hagel, who was — later became the secretary of Defense and a guy named [John] Kerry, the secretary of — of State,” he continued.
“And he wanted to see — they wanted to see where bin Laden had escaped through the mountains up in the upper Kunar Valley. So the upper Kunar Valley is nothing but rock — straight rocks. There’s no vegetation at all. Some of you have been there,” he said.
“And well, our helicopter went down in a snowstorm. And we found a place to land that was an old path. And it was lucky that we had such great pilots.”
Up until you discover it’s only true on the slightest of technicalities, this is all extremely exciting.
During his fact-finding mission to Afghanistan, Biden’s helicopter “went down” in a manner similar to how all aircraft finally come to rest. In 2015, Biden, Hagel, and Kerry were on a fact-finding trip to the country when the pilot noticed the weather was getting worse and decided it would be better to put the helicopter straight down because helicopters can only go straight up and straight down, according to a Fox News fact-check from the initial time he informed this absurd story.
“It went pretty blind, pretty fast and we were around some pretty dangerous ridges,” according to Kerry. “So the pilot exercised his judgment that we were better off putting down there, and we all agreed.”
The three of them then waited in the snow to return to Bagram Air Base following an uneventful landing.
Kerry made a joke, “We sat up there and traded stories,”. “We were going to send Biden out to fight the Taliban with snowballs, but we didn’t have to do it.”
“Other than getting a little cold, it was fine.”
BIDEN: "When my helicopter went down…"
The helicopter Biden is referencing landed because it was snowing and the pilot wanted to wait out the storm. pic.twitter.com/7U9hMzcwxK
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 4, 2022
More on this story via The Western Journal:
If John “Reporting For Duty” Kerry can’t find a way to make the event look dramatic, it wasn’t dramatic.
Biden’s remark brings to mind several career-altering aircraft-under-fire lies.
Brian Williams, then the host of “NBC Nightly News,” lost his job in 2015 after falsely claiming a helicopter he was traveling in during his time in Iraq came under enemy fire.
And then there was Hillary Clinton, who claimed during the 2008 campaign that she’d come under sniper fire during a trip to Bosnia. CONTINUE READING…