President Biden clearly thinks this one by no means will get outdated — if solely it had been true.
Biden on Wednesday repeated for the sixth time this 12 months what he referred to as a “true story” about an encounter with an Amtrak conductor named Angelo Negri — regardless of the story being declared “false” by fact-checkers.
Biden stated it occurred when he visited his sick mom, who died in January 2010, lower than one 12 months after he grew to become vice chairman. On a minimum of three different events, Biden stated it occurred a lot later in his second time period.
“I remember one day as vice president, the government keeps fastidious records of how many miles you travel on government planes. And so there’s a big headline, ‘Biden travels,’ I forget what it was, ‘a million miles on Air Force Two’ and so on and so forth,” Biden stated in Kansas Metropolis, Mo.
“And I was getting on the train to go home,” Biden continued. “I was going home to see my mom who was sick. And one of the conductors I’ve known for years walked up and grins, he said, ‘Joey baby,’ grabbed my cheek. Not a joke. And I thought that he was going to get shot. True story.”
Biden as soon as once more placed on his finest working-class-Joe impression to attract out the “Joe-eee” and “bay-bee.”
Biden stated, “I said, ‘No, no, it’s OK. We’ve known each other.’ He says, ‘Joey. Big deal. A million miles’ — or whatever it was — ‘a million miles on Air Force Two. Come on, Joey, do you know how many miles you traveled on Amtrak?’ I said no.”
“He said, ‘We calculated at the retirement dinner.’ He said, ’36 years, 119 days a year back and forth, then as vice presidents we figure you’ve done X number of trips and that adds up to 1,200,000 miles on Amtrak.’”
Negri retired from Amtrak in 1993, which means he didn’t work there when Biden was vice chairman, and he died in Might 2014, making some variations of the story not possible.
It’s unclear if Biden modified the timing of the story in response to criticism. Earlier this 12 months, he stated it occurred in “my fourth or fifth year” as vice chairman, “toward the end of my term” or ” seven years into” his time as vice chairman.
However the brand new telling of the story additionally clashes with info as a result of Biden didn’t attain a million miles aboard Air Power Two till September 2015, in keeping with a CNN fact check in June.
Biden instructed the dependable snort line as he promoted his lately signed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure invoice, which boosts funding for Amtrak.
Biden, 79, is the oldest-ever president and his critics accuse him of being in psychological decline.
However Biden additionally has confronted criticism for years about imprecise or incorrect claims. He dropped out of the 1988 Democratic presidential major after revelations he exaggerated his tutorial document and plagiarized each a marketing campaign speech and a regulation faculty paper.
Biden most lately instructed the story about Negri in October on the NJ Transit upkeep facility in Kearny, NJ. Additionally in October, he instructed the story in Scranton, Pa., whereas urging passage of the infrastructure invoice.
Biden instructed the story in September throughout an Oval Workplace assembly with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in June throughout an infrastructure speech in Wisconsin and in April at a prepare station in Philadelphia. He additionally instructed the story final 12 months whereas campaigning.