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Biden Says He Grew Up In Polish Town… And Was Raised By Black, Puerto Rican, And Irish-Catholic Communities

  |   By Polling+ Staff

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During a speech in Poland on Tuesday, Democrat President Joe Biden told Polish President Andrzej Duda that he grew up in a Polish town after moving there from an Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Pennsylvania. 

The new insight into Biden’s childhood comes after he said he was an “honorary Greek” who was also raised in a Puerto Rican community and went to a “black church” after he attended Catholic Mass, while also attending Synagogue every Saturday and Sunday. 

“As a young man, I was, uh, born in a coal town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, in northeastern Pennsylvania, in an Irish-Catholic neighborhood. Then when coal died, we moved down to Delaware, to a town called Claymont, Delaware, which was a working-class town,” Biden said. “And, uh, but everyone in town was either Polish or Italian. I grew up feeling self-conscious my name didn’t end in an ‘s-k-i’ or an ‘o.’”

Biden’s comments add yet another layer of diversity to his claimed childhood. On Greek Independence Day in 2009, then-Vice President Biden, said,  “I am an honorary Greek, not only today … but every day.” He then said he was “Joe Bidenopulous” because “in my first election the Greek community elected me.”

While in Puerto Rico after a hurricane in 2022, Biden revealed that he “was sort of raised in the Puerto Rican community at home politically.”

And, last month, Biden told a group of black Americans that he would go to “the black church” after attending Catholic Mass. 

“Let’s lay one thing to rest. I may be a practicing Catholic, but [I] used to go to 7:30 Mass every morning in high school and then in college before I went to the Black church,” Biden said. “Not a joke, Andy knows this.”

Biden’s apparent devotion to Catholic Mass and black churches was matched only by his claimed dedication to Synagogue. 

“I probably went to shul more than many of you did,” Biden told a Jewish audience during a 2022 celebration of Rosh Hashanah. 

“You all think I’m kidding, he can tell you I’m not,” he added, while pointing at a rabbi from Delaware.

“I’m a practicing Catholic, but I’d go to services on Saturday and on Sunday,” Biden said. “You all think I’m kidding. I’m not.”