In an effort to tailor his remarks to a particular audience, President Joe Biden has frequently been accused of including embellishments or even fabricated details in personal anecdotes.
The latest apparent example of that habit came on Monday during a briefing in Idaho in which he claimed that his “first job offer” came from a Boise lumber company.
“There was a war going on”
According to the Washington Examiner, Biden was in that city for an event related to wildfire response.
After claiming that Boise Cascade extended him a job offer as a young man, the company reacted by asserting that it has “no record” of Biden applying, much less being interviewed, for any type of position.
His apparently inaccurate trip down memory lane was sparked by a reference to the late Sen. Frank Church (D-ID), one of his former colleagues on Capitol Hill.
“I got a — my first job offer, where I wanted — my wife — deceased wife and I wanted to move to Idaho because we think — not a joke — because it’s such a beautiful, beautiful state,” Biden claimed. “And I interviewed for a job with Boise Cascade. And in the meantime, there was a war going on.”
The president’s remarks then shifted back to the Delaware town where he grew up, along with a reference to a volunteer fire station near the school he attended. That tidbit led to speculation that the story was a calculated attempt to connect with the firefighters present at the briefing.
“Nothing has turned up”
According to the New York Post, Boise Cascade spokesperson Lisa Tschampel looked into Biden’s claim and determined that “nothing has turned up” about a prior job offer after she checked the company’s internal system.
“We have no record of President Biden’s application or of him having worked for the company,” she added.
Of course, Tschampel left open the possibility that Biden submitted an application for a now-defunct division of the company.
“We had a diverse portfolio in the ’60s and early ’70s … so my guess is any records have been purged or transferred for the businesses/projects we are no longer involved in,” she said. “I would not want to speculate about what type of role he may have applied for in 1972. Today we are a wood products manufacturer and wholesale distributor of building materials.”
It is worth noting that Biden’s 2007 memoir Promises to Keep made no mention of a job offer at Boise Cascade or a desire to move to Idaho. In the end, this remark is likely to fuel further skepticism regarding the accuracy of anything the president says.