WATCH: Biden Tells Displaced Hawaiians He Knows What It’s Like to ‘Lose a Home’, Recounts Story Of Small Kitchen Fire



President Joe Biden on Monday made a questionable attempt to comfort survivors of the Maui fires, regaling them with a story about a small kitchen fire he once suffered while saying he “knows what it’s like to lose a home.”

In a clip posted to X, the president strutted across the stage while donning a lei and speaking matter-of-factly about a 2004 lightning strike that he has embellished on multiple occasions. His remarks were meant to relay sympathy to the survivors of uncontrollable fires that have displaced thousands and left a death toll of at least 115 persons as of Tuesday morning.

“We have a little sense, Jill and I, of what it’s like to lose a home. Years ago, now 15 years ago… lightning struck… and hit a wire that came up underneath our home into the heating ducts, er, air conditioning ducts. To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ’67 Corvette, and my cat,” said the president.


President Biden’s story was retold last year during a visit to Superior, Colorado where he toured the damage of a winter wildfire in the city’s suburbs that destroyed more than 1,000 homes. In a rebuttal, the Republican National Committee called the story a “lie” and cited a story from the Associated Press that the fire was contained to his kitchen and doused within 20 minutes by firefighters.


During a 2021 visit to New Hampshire, while touting his infrastructure plan, President Biden said he could relate to the importance of a town not having a functional bridge because “having had a house burn down with my wife in it… 10 minutes makes a hell of a difference.”

The president, who was elected thanks in part to a grandfatherly image and ability to connect with others in times of grief, has stumbled badly in addressing the latest weather-related catastrophe. When asked by reporters last week what the government is doing to help victims, Biden shrugged and shouted “no comment” before hopping in a vehicle. Asked again just days later, he smirked and strolled by the press corps without saying a word.