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On Tuesday, speaking in Ottumwa, Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden decided to endorse hyperbole in theatrical fashion, promising his audience that as president he would do something no human had ever done before: cure cancer.

Biden rhapsodized, “I’ve worked so hard in my career that I promise you, if I’m elected president you’re gonna see (the) single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer,” according to The Washington Examiner.

As vice president, Biden supervised the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative; after leaving office, Biden oversaw the Biden Cancer Initiative.

Biden’s bombastic rhetoric was reminiscent of Barack Obama’s famous “rise of the oceans began to slow “ 2008 nomination victory speech, in which he lauded himself like this:

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people.

Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and I believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.

As Medical News Today explained in 2018, there are numerous methods that are being tried to combat cancer: chemotherapy; radiotherapy; tumor surgery and hormonal therapy. Newer techniques include immunotherapy (but the difficulty lies in cancer cells fooling the immune system into “ignoring them”); therapeutic viruses (but they are difficult to control); using nanoparticles to target cancer cells, and starving cancer cells of nutrients.

But according to the National Cancer Institute, there are over one hundred kinds of cancer: “There are more than 100 types of cancer. Types of cancer are usually named for the organs or tissues where the cancers form. For example, lung cancer starts in cells of the lung, and brain cancer starts in cells of the brain. Cancers also may be described by the type of cell that formed them, such as an epithelial cell or a squamous cell.”

The plethora of cancers imply that dealing with them all likely defies the capacity of a “silver bullet” that can wipe them all out. As Live Science noted, “There are many different causes, ranging from radiation to chemicals to viruses; an individual has varying degrees of control over exposure to cancer-causing agents. Cancer cells, and how they grow, remain unpredictable and in some cases mysterious. Even after seemingly effective treatments, crafty cancer cells are able to hide out in some patients and resurface.”

This is not to gainsay Biden’s determination to see cancer wiped out, only to say that to promise a cure for cancer in order to win votes does seem to be rather self-aggrandizing.

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Blkojo

    June 12, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Cancer is many diseases Joe. Next.

  2. Mari Brenner

    June 12, 2019 at 12:59 am

    OMG!! He’s insane!!Cancer cures put there already!! Stolen from us by the evil!! President got them back!! Creepy pedo needs interventoon and a lengthy hospital stay close to a nearby institution!!

  3. Tommhan

    June 12, 2019 at 1:05 am

    What a bunch of bullshick.

  4. Art LaPella

    June 12, 2019 at 1:08 am

    That’s nothing! Vote for me, and I’ll get you the love of your life, a money tree and a magic genie!

  5. Rizz11

    June 12, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Obama publicly put you in charge of that over 2 years ago. That’s half a presidential term, so what have you done to date?

  6. LST

    June 12, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Why can’t he promise to keep his grubby paws off of women and little girls instead?

    • MAGA

      June 12, 2019 at 1:24 am

      Cancer is easy compared to what you are asking.

  7. Mary

    June 12, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Biden has Bitten too much off his Butt.
    Another BIG Liar.

    He’s very Desperate.
    He shot his own foot.
    NEXT???????

  8. Pasquale Gelardi

    June 12, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Nixon took taxpayers money to do the same thing. Government doesn’t know how to create anything, only coerce.

  9. Michael

    June 12, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Please! This clown couldn’t cure a case of hiccups.

  10. Audrey C. Dickens, Jr.

    June 12, 2019 at 3:40 am

    It appears that, if elected, promising to cure cancer, Joe Biden is already acknowledging his level of desperation & showing the extent to which he will lie to the American People in his bid for President.

    If he is already this desperate to lie like this to American voters & he hasn’t even secured the Democrat nomination, just imagine the number of outrageous rabbits (lies) he will pull out of the magician’s hat before we even reach the DNC’s nomination convention?

    Come on, slow Joe, @ the very least make promises that have a hint of reality in them…

  11. Joseph Kempski

    June 12, 2019 at 3:57 am

    If he could cure cancer, why didn’t he cure his son’s brain tumor. What a complete fool

  12. Richard

    June 12, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Ok….wheel him back into his room. The air outside overwhelms his grip on reality….

  13. Gayle

    June 12, 2019 at 7:01 am

    This dumb, lying, flip flopping, crooked, pervert will say and do anything to get elected! He is a useless piece of crap just like all the Demon-RATS!!!

  14. Jim

    June 12, 2019 at 7:03 am

    did he say this before or after he turned his water into wine?

    he should start brushin up on his Houdini tricks so he can get out of his prison cell when hes convicted for money laundering and colluding with Ukraine to interfere in our elections, biden is a fkin criminal just like clinton

  15. Kurt

    June 12, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Well joey..why dont you cure the political cancer that you are trying so hard to keep..and leave science to scientists..

  16. RCB

    June 12, 2019 at 7:45 am

    He is probably using the INTERNET INVENTED BY AL GORE….

  17. Ray Hart

    June 12, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Let me think about this for a minute. Hmm, now Old Joe thinks he’s Good ? WOW

    • Ray Hart

      June 12, 2019 at 9:53 am

      They changed my word. Should have been God.

  18. Gordon

    June 12, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Typical Asswipe Liberal lying Shite

  19. Sam Lehman

    June 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    If he were to cure cancer for real before the election he might get some votes, but curing cancer doesn’t give him the ability to run the most prosperous country in the world. He claims that he comes from a touchy/feely family, but it is limited to only little girls and young women. Have you ever seen him get touchy with the old hags like Hillary or Nancy?

  20. Clyde Sinpson

    June 12, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Not once does Biden mention the Creator, our God and Father, “in Whom we live and move and have our being”, or the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour (God in the flesh), or the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

    Our Triune God, knows all things, the very number of hairs on our heads, our every thought, word and deed and our every human need.

    We are to put our faith in Him, not in the American People, who themselves need to put their faith in Him and not in any human agency. We are to trust Him to do His will, in the knowledge that He loves us and in spite of our natural waywardness, He remains true to his covenant with our common human ancestor, Noah, after the Flood, with Abraham, with Isaac, with Jacob, with Moses, with the children of Israel, with every single person, who, acknowledging their sinfulness and inability to save themselves, owns God as his/her heavenly Father, and is trusting Christ, our Saviour, the Lamb of God’s once for all time sacrifice of Himself to pay the penalty for our sins. As Jesus took our sins upon Himself on that cruel Roman cross outside the city walls of Jerusalem over 2000 years ago, He simultaneously clothed every believer then and every future believer with His “robe of righteousness”, clothed in which alone are we able to approach the throne of God, the throne of grace, when we pray for help, for healing, for encouragement, for every human need.
    Cures for the hundreds of cancers are not yours to promise. Repent of your arrogance and get right with God. I am not being judgemental, just holding your words to the only true test we humans have for any- and everything in this life, THE ETERNAL WORD OF ALMIGHTY GOD.

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