As President Joe Biden welcomed professional baseball players to the White House on Monday, he made a claim about hitting a ball 368 feet that was later proved false.
He began his remarks by flattering his visitors — the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the 2020 World Series.
“Not only does Dodger Stadium host world champions,” Biden said. “It helps save lives and strengthen our democracy as well.”
But then he swiftly made the moment about himself, by regaling onlookers with a pretty far-fetched tale.
“… We have a congressional baseball game every year,” he said. “… I played… and I hit one off the right-centerfield wall. It bounced off the wall. I think it’s 368 or — I don’t know what is exactly now — but off the wall.”