Biden Faces Criticism for False Claim of Teaching Political Theory at the University of Pennsylvania for Four Years: Questions Surrounding His Past

On Thursday, President Joe Biden unveiled his intentions to deliver a significant speech reminiscent of his 2022 address in Philadelphia, during which he referred to Republicans as “extremists” and “a threat to this nation.”

“Democracy is at stake, folks,” President Biden claimed Thursday in an appearnace at Prince George’s Community College, in Maryland. “Our democracy is under attack, and we got to fight for it.”

As concerning as it may sound to the 74 million American citizens who cast their votes for Donald Trump in the 2020 general election, his subsequent comment ignited a wave of enthusiasm among conservatives on social media.

“I taught at the University of Pennsylvania for four years, and I used to teach political theory,” claimed Biden.

“And, folks, you always hear every generation has to fight for democracy,” he continued. “And I find myself — it’s automatic. We didn’t have to believe it. But we do. We do.”

Many people have expressed doubts about his assertion, with some individuals accusing the president of inventing this part of his career, as reported by Fox News.

Critics argue that there is scant evidence to substantiate the president’s assertion that he taught a class at the University of Pennsylvania.

Although Biden held the title of Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of Practice from 2017 to 2021, a fact-check revealed that he “did not instruct an entire semester’s worth of courses” during this time.

The fact-check also clarified that Biden’s role was primarily honorary, and while he did deliver lectures and engage with students on campus, he did not take on a full semester’s course load.

Additionally, a separate fact-check by Politifact regarding a similar claim made earlier by Biden stated that “the duration of the position was closer to two years than four, since he was on leave while running for president.

The fact-check also pointed out that Biden’s responsibilities may not conform to the traditional expectations associated with the title of a ‘full professor,’ which typically involve teaching semester-long courses, conducting independent research, and managing administrative tasks.

It remains uncertain whether President Biden’s reference to teaching “political theory” pertained to his occasional lectures in this honorary capacity.

According to a report by Fox News, neither the White House nor the University of Pennsylvania has presented evidence to substantiate the president’s assertion.

“Biden’s pretend life sounds very fun and interesting,” author Carol Roth wistfully remarked in an X post that included a video clip of the president’s remarks.

Vince Langman wondered in an X post if Biden was lying or showing signs of mental impairment.

“Is this guy a late stage dementia patient?” asked Mr. Langman. “Or is he literally a serial liar. I’m not sure which is worse?”

Townhall columnist and podcaster Derek Hunter wondered where the fact checkers were.

“Attention: @ddale8 @GlennKesslerWP, know anyone with the job of fact checking?” he posted to his X account, with links to the fact checkers for CNN and The Washington Post.