Because "Serial Prefabricator" sounds so much nicer than "liar"!
My friend Rob stirred things up a little, earlier this week, with a report of a bitchy, and otherwise unnecessary correction of a soldier, by Jill Biden, in a receiving line. Some doubted the quality of the "hearsay", though the words were uttered in public, and there's at least some chance of the remark having been heard by someone in front of or behind Rob's friend in the receiving line for corroboration.
Joe, on the other hand, is making up stories, starring Joe Biden, having long conversations with and giving sage and pithy advice to former President George Bush, alone in the Oval Office. Karl Rove has a simple reply to that:
Republican strategist Karl Rove called Vice President Biden a "liar" on Thursday, dramatically escalating a feud between Biden and aides to former President George W. Bush over Biden's claims to have rebuked Bush in private meetings.
"I hate to say this, but he's a serial exaggerator," Rove told FOX News. "If I was being unkind I would say liar. But it is a habit he ought to drop."
Rove added: "You should not exaggerate and lie like this when you are the Vice President of the United States."
In Joe's mind, he was there gently rebuking Bush whenever Bush said something uncharacteristic of himself. Like the following exchange:
"I remember President Bush saying to me one time in the Oval Office," Biden began, "'Well, Joe,' he said, 'I'm a leader.' And I said: 'Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.'"
Just two guys hanging out in the Oval Office and Bush turns to Biden and says "I'm a leader." This takes far more credulity on the part of the listener to believe than that a PhD would take offense at not being addressed as "Doctor"!
The exchange is purely "fictional," said Rove, who was Bush's top political adviser in the White House.
"It didn't happen," Rove, a FOX News contributor and former Bush adviser, told Megyn Kelly in an interview taped for "On The Record." "It's his imagination; it's a made-up, fictional world.
"He ought to get out of it and get back to reality," Rove added. "He's making this up out of whole cloth."
Rove also said few presidents would spend a long time with anybody in the Oval Office, particularly "with all due respect, a blowhard like Joe Biden."
Now you see! I can picture Karl Rove calling Biden a "blowhard", I just can't picture Biden the blowhard being invited into the Oval Office for long heart to heart chats with the former President! It just doesn't ring true!
Of course, if Biden were telling the truth, there should be appointment books and Secret Service logs that would verify the dates and times that Biden had his imaginary chats with Bush. Perhaps on his way from his favorite diner that had closed years before? Or on his way to the Home Depot? Or the Library of Congress to peruse old videotape of FDR's TV addresses to the nation during the Great Depression?
Cross Posted at Say Anything