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Biden claims he was ‘raised’ in synagogues, adding to ever-growing list of exaggerated background claims

President Biden’s latest claim about being “raised in the synagogues” of Delaware follows a long history of the octogenarian president exaggerating his cultural background in an attempt to connect with people he’s speaking to. 

“I, you might say, was raised in the synagogues of my state. You think I’m kidding, I’m not,” Biden told a group of rabbis during a call Thursday ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year holiday that began Friday. 

The president, who calls himself a devout Catholic, has made the claim before, though there’s little evidence to support it. 

“I probably went to shul more than many of you did,” Biden said last year during a speech marking Rosh Hashanah. “You all think I’m kidding … I’m not. I’m not.” 


“We have a very… large Puerto Rican population in Delaware,” he said. “I was sort of raised in the Puerto Rican community at home, politically. We came here for a long time as part of both business and pleasure. I’m committed to this island.” 

Additionally, Biden insisted during Greek Independence Day 2009, “I’m an honorary Greek — not only today but every day!” He also stated on another occasion, “We haven’t had a Greek in the White House, but now we have Joe Bidenopoulos.” 

The White House did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Jessica Chasmar is a digital writer on the politics team for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to


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