Joe Biden early life and career

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Biden: "My children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle."[1]

2009–2017: Vice presidency

Hunter Biden meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office.
Official White House Photograph

As he assumed office, Biden's responsibilities as vice president were not made clear. He had no specific portfolio of responsibilities. He alarmed the nation on April 30, 2009, by going on network television to warn Americans to stay out of confined spaces such as subways and airplanes, lest they catch Swine Flu. Health officials rejected his scare tactics and the White House immediately repudiated them.

Under President Obama the budget deficit reached over $1 trillion for the first time in history. When asked over the fate of the United States' going into bankruptcy, Biden stated at an AARP meeting, "Now, people when I say that look at me and say, "What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’" Biden said. "The answer is yes, that's what I’m telling you."[2]

Biden eventually was placed in charge of promoting the Obama administration's Recovery Summer in 2010, an attempt to highlight the Democratic Congress's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or "economic stimulus program. During Recovery Summer, the workforce shrank, unemployment swelled, and economic growth slowed to less than 2%. More Americans fell victim to Democrat economic policy and by the 2010 Midterm election sweep no less than 27,000,000 people were unemployed or underemployed.


One of Biden's first actions as Vice President was to set off a national panic over the Swine flu which the White House was forced to walk back. Biden warned Americans to stay out of confined spaces such as subways and airplanes.[3]

Recovery Summer

See also: Recovery Summer

The Obama administration proclaimed Recovery Summer on June 17, 2010 to spotlight the imapact President Obama's economic program after passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (or "Stimulus package") by the Democratic controlled 111th Congress in 2009.[4] Vice President Joe Biden was placed in charge of the effort.

During Recovery Summer 393,000 jobs were destroyed according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,[5] unemployment rose,[6] and economic growth slowed from 5.7% to 1.6%.[7] The number counted by the Department of Labor as unemployed at the start of Recovery Summer was 14,599,000 Americans in July 2010; by September there were 14,767,000 Americans looking for work. 168,000 more unemployed than before President Obama and Vice President Biden announced Recovery Summer had begun.[8]

Seal Team 6

In killing Osama bin Laden, Obama transformed the War on Terror from a preventative war against terrorism to a war of vengeance and retribution to enhance Obama's re-election prospects.

The families of Navy Seal Team 6 blame Vice President Biden for revealing the identity of the Navy Seal Team that killed Osama bin Laden.[9] Seal Team 6 is a covert action force, and all its members are sworn to secrecy to never reveal the actions they participate in. The government likewise is bound to protect their identities against reprisals. In boasting of the killing, Biden named Seal Team 6 by name as the unit that found bin Laden.

On August 6, 2011, the Taliban ambushed a Chinook helicopter carrying 30 U.S. service members — including 15 SEAL Team 6 members — in Afghanistan.[10] Everyone on board was killed.[11] In a show of multiculturalism, the Obama administration insisted a Muslim cleric be present when the bodies were recovered.[12]

Families of the slain SEAL members held a news conference at the National Press Club demanding an investigation into why their sons had been identified, despite specific assurances by the Obama administration their identities would be protected.[13] To add insult, the families complained about the Muslim cleric that the Obama administration required to preside in a ceremony over their remains, damned their souls to hell as infidels in an Islamic prayer proclaiming victory.[14]

Past campaigns

After 45 years on the public role as a civil servant, Biden, his brother Frank, and his son Hunter amassed personal fortunes of tens of millions of dollars.

Liberal Biden, notorious for his long-winded speeches and his foot-in-mouth moments, as illustrated by his declaration that "we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt."[2] A favorite of the liberal media, Biden avoids the mockery that greeted a less gaffe-prone predecessor, Dan Quayle.

He ran for President in 1988 but dropped out of the race after admitting he had plagiarized a speech by the leader of the British Labour Party.[15]

Biden considered running as a Presidential candidate for the 2004 elections, but then decided against it, saying that it would be "now too much of a long shot.".[16] He was later mentioned as a possible running mate for Democratic Senator John Kerry, but he instead urged Kerry to chose Senator John McCain.[17]

He won few votes when running for president in 2008; he dropped out after placing fifth in Iowa in January, 2008. Biden became Barack Obama's vice-presidential running mate. His campaign stressed his Irish Catholic roots in appeals to working class Democrats, who had deserted Obama in the primaries but returned in the fall.

1988 Presidential campaign

Joe Biden announced his candidacy for President in 1987. He ran on his experience, saying in an campaign advertisement "The White House isn't the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, and the economic future of the next generation." [18] His campaign was short-lived due to controversies. While campaigning in New Hampshire in 1987, a civilian asked about his grades in college, to which Biden yelled, "I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do." He went on to say that he "went to law school on a full academic scholarship - the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship" adding that he "ended up in the top half" of his class (Biden graduated 76th in a class of 85) and "graduated with three degrees from college."

Biden explained his comments "I did not graduate in the top half of my class at law school and my recollection of this was inaccurate...I graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in history and political science. My reference to degrees at the Claremont event was intended to refer to these majors - I said 'three' and should have said 'two'." [19]

Later in the campaign he was found to have plagiarized a speech from British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. The plagiarism was considered all the more serious, because it included details of Kinnock's life which were not true in Biden's case. Biden dropped out of the race in December 1987, and did not participate in the 1988 Democratic caucuses and primaries.

2008 Presidential campaign

Main article: 2008 Presidential election

Biden declared his candidacy for President on January 31, 2007 but withdrew in January 2008 after coming 5th in the Iowa Caucus, receiving only 1% of the vote.[20] He ran on his foreign policy experience and credentials in the Senate. Biden voted for the Operation Iraqi Freedom - the War in Iraq. On November 15, 2007, during the CNN presidential debate, he said

This is not about experience. It's not about change. It's about action. Who among us is going to be able to, on Day 1, step in and end the war?.

In a presidential debate, when asked, “Would you call for tariffs to protect American consumers from unsafe products from China? Are you willing to go there?” Biden answered, “I’m not. No, I’m not willing to go there."[21]

During an ABC Democratic presidential debate, Biden was asked about the statement he made regarding Barack Obama. Biden said:

I think he can be ready but right now, I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training. I think that I stand by the statement.[22]

Biden told a crowd his homestate

Delaware was a slave state that fought beside the North. That's only because we couldn't figure out how to get to the South. There were a couple of states in the way.[23]

2008 Vice presidential campaign

Biden campaigning for Barack Obama, 09/24/08
Biden had been mentioned as a Vice Presidential candidate for Senator Barack Obama, in that he would add foreign policy experience to the ticket. When asked in June over the speculation, Biden stated, "I'd make a great president. I'd make a great Secretary of State. I'd make a great vice president." [24] On August 19, Biden was asked by reporters of his VP status, to which he replied "Hey guys, I'm not the guy. See ya." [25] It was Joe Biden's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who issued an arrest warrant on fabricated charges to attempt to discredit Larry Sinclair's National Press Club news conference where he alleged a gay affair with Obama and claimed he was using cocaine at the time.[26] Biden was nominated by Obama choice for vice president a week later.[27]

In August 2005 Biden paradoxically and nonsensically said, "John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off."[28]

However, on August 23 it was announced that Biden would be Obama's 2008 running mate. They appeared together in Springfield, Illinois. Obama proudly introduced Senator Biden,

"Let me introduce to you, the next president — the next vice president of the United States of America, Joe Biden."

Biden took the stage and endorsed Obama, saying,

"In this election year the choice is clear, one man stands ready to deliver change we desperately need, a man I'm proud to call my friend, a man who will be the next President of the United States, Barack America."

Obama hoped Biden would help the ticket in multiple ways:

  • Biden has extensive foreign policy experience in the United States Senate and as such could have helped to bolster Obama's comparative lack of experience in this area.
  • Biden is Catholic, and Obama was weak with that key voting bloc; however, the Catholic Church may have taken offense at Biden's pro-abortion positions (see below).
  • Biden was born in Pennsylvania, a must-win state for Obama where he was thought to be weak;[29]
  • Biden's son is going to Iraq, which may have helped to rehabilitate Obama's image as anti-military; however, Biden himself never served.

Almost immediately after his selection, the conflict between his pro-abortion position and that of his church surfaced:[30]

Biden has said: "I am a long-standing supporter of Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose." But Biden's own bishop, Bishop Michael Saltarelli of Wilmington, Del., has ... denounced the notion that politicians can 'personally oppose' abortion, but refuse to pass laws protecting the unborn. He made clear that pro-abortion Catholic politicians should refrain from receiving the Eucharist:
"The promotion of abortion by any Catholic is a grave and serious matter. Objectively, according to the constant teaching of the Scriptures and the Church, it would be more spiritually beneficial for such a person to refrain from receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. I ask Catholics in this position to have the integrity to respect the Eucharist, Catholic teaching and the Catholic faithful."

In September of the campaign Biden asked Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham, who has paralysis, to "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about? I tell you what, you're making everybody else stand up, though, pal. I tell you what, stand up for Chuck." [31]

Biden's Republican opponent for the Vice Presidency was Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. They participated in their first and only Vice Presidential debate on October 2 in St. Louis, Missouri. Biden was elected the 47th Vice President of the United States on November 4, 2008.

2012 Vice presidential campaign

Biden got a pass from fellow liberals in the media despite acting like a rude clown during his vice presidential debate with Paul Ryan in October 2012. Biden repeatedly interrupted Ryan and engaged in other offensive behavior, and even complained about not getting more time despite talking more than Ryan did. At one point Biden even nonsensically interjected, "so now you're Jack Kennedy?" in interrupting a valid point being made by Ryan.

1973–2009: U.S. Senate

Biden on Meet The Press, 09/09/07

The Council for a Livable World (CLW), a communist front organization founded in 1962 by long-time Soviet agent Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Joe Biden in 1972 in his successful Senate run as candidate for Delaware.[32][33][34]

Biden unseated the liberal Republican Senator Cale Boggs in the 1972 elections. In 1973, he hence became the fifth-youngest U.S. senator in U.S. history. He was later reelected six times.

Biden, as a senator from Delaware from 1973–2009, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee and subsequently the Committee on Foreign Relations, alternating as the chair or ranking member on both committees. Biden in 2007 was ranked as the third most liberal Senator by the non-partisan National Journal.[35]

Biden has close ties with lobbyists, receiving $5,133,072 in contributions from lawyers and lobbyists since 2003.[36] Biden requested 116 congressional earmarks in 2008 alone, resulting in $342 million in taxpayer money.[37]

During a late-night marathon debate over President George W. Bush's tax cut bill, 98-year-old Sen. Strom Thurmond began ailing. Biden told the New York Daily News "I saw Strom sitting in his seat, he looked awful. I said, 'Strom, you should go home'. He's an old buddy."[38]

Biden was for the Iraq War before he was against it.

On June 6, 2012, the Council for a Livable World, along with its sister organizations Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Council for a Livable World's PeacePAC, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their founding. An evening celebration was held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Congressman Barney Frank acted as the Master of Ceremonies and, in the process, received a lifetime achievement award from former Rep. Tom Downey, a member of the Council's Board of Directors. The Robert F. Drinan Peace and Human Award was presented to former Representative and PeacePAC Chairman David Bonior and the late Edith Wilkie, a longtime advocate and leader for peace and justice. Videos were shown in which Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren celebrated the organization's 50 years although they were not able to attend in person.[39]


On the abortion issue, Biden is pro-abortion and opposed President George W. Bush's two nominees to the U.S. Supreme court. On Roe v. Wade he said, "I strongly support Roe v. Wade....That’s why I led the fight to defeat [Robert] Bork. Thank God he is not in the Court or Roe v. Wade would be gone by now."[40] He received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006,[41] but not in other years because of his opposition to partial-birth abortion and public funding for abortions.[42]

2nd Amendment

He is a strong opponent of 2nd-amendment rights, earning an F by the National Rifle Association. Biden has also voted to give Social Security benefits and citizenship to illegal aliens. On energy, he opposes increased domestic oil production, saying proponents of offshore drilling want to "rape" the Outer Continental Shelf.[43]

Judiciary committee

Biden was a long-time member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which he chaired from 1987 until 1995 and served as ranking minority member from 1981 until 1987 and again from 1995 until 1997. Biden read the "N" word into the Congressional Record during an open hearing in 1986.[44] He almost never supported a supreme court nominee who was not in his party and presided over two of the more contentious U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings ever, Robert Bork in 1987 and the racially motivated hearings for Clarence Thomas[45] in 1991.

Sen. Arlen Specter, who jumped to the Democrats in 2009, wrote in his memoirs that Biden admitted to him that Biden believed Anita Hill was lying.

Biden crime bill

The Biden Crime Bill of 1994, also known as the Superpredator Act, came in response to the Central Park jogger case and trial of the Central Park Five. On its twentieth anniversary the Brennan Center observed,
It expanded the death penalty, creating 60 new death penalty offenses under 41 federal capital statutes. It eliminated education funding for incarcerated students, effectively gutting prison education programs. Despite a wealth of research showing education increases post-release employment, reduces recidivism, and improves outcomes for the formerly incarcerated and their families, this change has not been reversed. And the bill created a wave of change toward harsher state sentencing policy. That change was driven by funding incentives: the bill’s $9.7 billion in federal funding for prison construction went only to states that adopted truth-in-sentencing (TIS) laws, which lead to defendants serving far longer prison terms. Within 5 years, 29 states had TIS laws on the books, 24 more than when the bill was signed. New York State received over $216 million by passing such laws. By 2000 the state had added over 12,000 prison beds and incarcerated 28 percent more people than a decade before.

War on sovereignty

Main article: War on sovereignty

In 1992, Joe Biden penned a piece for the Wall Street Journal entitled, "How I Learned to Love the New World Order," in which he extolled "collective security" through the United Nations and called for a “permanent commitment of forces for use by the Security Council.”

On July 14, 1993, a little over a year after writing the Journal op-ed cited above, Senator Biden introduced Senate Joint Resolution 112 urging the new president, Bill Clinton, to initiate discussions to establish a standing United Nations army. Under his proposal, United States bases and facilities would be made available to train UN forces, and the president would not “be deemed to require the authorization of Congress” to make American troops, facilities, or other assistance “available to the Security Council on its call.”

He also called for the creation of a “new world order” at the Export-Import Bank conference in Washington on April 5, 2013. “The affirmative task we have now is to actually create a new world order,” he exclaimed.

Foreign Relations Comittee

As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden voted against aid to the government of South Vietnam leading to its collapse in 1975.

He called the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini in the Iranian Revolution in 1979 a step forward for human rights.

Biden opposed Ronald Reagan's development of the Missile Defense System and ending the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction.

He voted against the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Biden voted for the Iraq War in 2002. In a 2005 interview with Meet the Press, Biden advocated a troop surge saying, "I’ve been calling for more troops [in Iraq] for over two years, along with John McCain and others subsequent to my saying that." On July 23, 2007, Biden said, "there's not a single military man in this audience, who will tell this Senator he can get those troops out in six months if the order goes today, let's start telling the truth."[46] He advocated Iraqi federalism based on national and religious differences for Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis.

Biden's vote for the Iraq War is expected to hurt him in the 2020 Presidential Election, as Donald Trump opposed that war and used this issue effectively in 2016 against Hillary Clinton among millennial voters and regions which have suffered more from military casualties.[47]

Biden’s membership came at a critical time for China, when it applied to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). Membership would enable China to trade more freely with the rest of the world to boost its economic development. It would also enable China’s wealthy politicians and politically connected elite to prosper and profit from the trade boom, money which they would later want to invest overseas.

During China’s application, Biden supported free-trade legislation that helped China join the WTO. In 2001, when China was admitted, Biden became committee chairman, now holding a position of significant global influence in which he should strive to act in the US national interest. At a minimum, the SFRC chairman should be free of foreign interference.

In his early days as chairman, Biden was described as a policy hawk. Prior to China joining the WTO, he argued that “...if China continues to behave as a rogue elephant on weapons proliferation, we should be prepared to retaliate with a clear and unequivocal message...denying China most-favored nation trade status.” During the Clinton presidency, the scandal on Chinese access for donations were termed “serious stuff” and should be reviewed for any “correlation of quid pro quo”.

In August 2001, Biden visited China for state-level talks with then CPC Chairman Jiang Zemin (江泽民), where Biden was tough with China on issues such as weapons proliferation, its judicial system, and human rights record. But as the 2000s progressed, Biden became gradually more accommodating of China’s rise. In 2004, he was pictured meeting the Chinese Ambassador to the US at the time, Yang Jiechi.

Early life

Biden was born at Scranton State General Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania[48] and grew up in New Castle County, Delaware,[49] in a middle-class family. His father was a white-collar businessman who did well but had fallen on hard times when Biden was a youth.[50] Biden attended Archmere Academy, a private Catholic college-preparatory high school in the Wilmington, Delaware area, graduating in 1961.[49] Biden took a summer job as a life guard where faced down the notorious Corn Pop of the mean streets of Wilmington to help his family pay for his schooling.[51][52] Biden received 5 Vietnam war draft deferments. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965, and from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1968 where he was a member of Non Compos Mentis and graduated near the bottom of his class[49] After finishing law school Biden worked in the Wilmington, Del. public defenders office where he claims to have represented a member of the Black Panthers;[53] no evidence has ever been produced to support Biden's claim he ever represented a member of the Black Panthers.

Biden is a serial plagiarizer.[54] He was accused of, and ultimately admitted to plagiarism while a student at Syracuse Law School.[55] He submitted a paper in which he plagiarized from a law review article. After receiving a grade of F, he was permitted to retake the course.[56]

In 1966, while still in law school, Biden married Neilia Hunter.[48] They had three children together: Joseph R. "Beau" Dien, III, Robert Hunter, and Naomi. Shortly after his election to the Senate in 1972, his wife and infant daughter were killed in a car accident, and his two sons were seriously injured.[48] He eventually remarried to Dr. Jill Biden (née Jacobs), an educator in Delaware's schools.[49] She currently is an instructor[57] teaching at Delaware Technical Community College. Together, the couple added a daughter, Ashley Biden, to the family.[49]

Biden was elected to the U.S Senate from Delaware in 1972. Delaware was a slave state. It did not join the Confederacy partially because President Abraham Lincoln suborned the Maryland state legislature and would not permit it to leave the union. Delaware, separated from the south by Maryland, could not secede on its own. Delaware voters in fact rejected Lincoln's plan to compensate for emancipation of its slaves, paid for by the federal government. Delawares Democrat and racist traditions were still very strong when Biden was elected.,[58]

Since 1991, Biden has been an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on constitutional law.[49]

Biden's son, Hunter Biden, was thrown out of the US Navy for cocaine use. Hunter Biden has been a Washington lobbyist since 2001.[59]

Joe Biden, his struggles with grief and his unresolved emotional wounds

Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and other Clinton administration officials.

See also: Joe Biden and grief

Politico in an article entited How Grief Became Joe Biden’s ‘Superpower’ indicates:

There is no person in American politics today whose life has been so shaped by loss and grief. The long arc of Biden’s career is all but bracketed by tragedy. In 1972, his wife and baby daughter were killed in a car accident; in 2015, one of his two sons who had survived the crash died of a rare strain of brain cancer. These wretched tentpoles are not only tragedies the 76-year-old Biden has had to endure. They influenced major decisions he made about his political career—first, his priorities in the Senate; later, his decision to opt out of the presidential election of 2016. And they defined him as a person as well, according to longtime friends, former aides and veteran politicos in his home state of Delaware.[60]

The Washington Post states concerning Biden: "In a candid 2012 speech to military families and friends who had lost a loved one in action, Biden spoke about the anger, crisis of faith and wounds that don't really ever heal."[61]

The Associated Press indicates concerning Biden:

After the accident, Biden had no interest in the Senate anymore. No ambition for anything, really. His world view shrank to taking care of his boys.

“For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide,” he would later reveal.

Biden didn’t just have to deal with grief. He had the added burden of processing it in public. [62]

Embarrassing or silly remarks

Biden had a hair transplant, where hairs were removed from his buttocks and placed on his head.[63]
For a more detailed treatment, see Biden gaffes.
  • Biden earned the nickname Butthead Biden in 1989 when he began having hair follicle transplants from his buttocks to his scalp to relieve pressure on his vanity.
  • In attempting to quote the Declaration of Independence before Super Tuesday, Biden misquoted, "all men and women created by" and then stumbled saying, "go, you know, you know the thing."[64][65]
  • When Representative Gabrielle Giffords returned to Congress after a long hiatus (which was the result of her being shot in the head), Biden (who had a brain surgery in the past) remarked to her that "Now we're both members of the Cracked Head Club".[66]
  • When he met Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, Biden said "God rest her soul" in reference to Cowen's mother. However, it was Cowen's father that died, not his mother.[67]

Hostile comments

  • At one 2005 political event he said, "The next Republican that tells me I'm not religious, I'm going to shove my rosary down their throat." [68]
  • In March 2007, Biden was criticizing President George W. Bush for vetoing a bill that would set a timeline for troops to be removed from Iraq, saying that Congress should "shove it down his throat."[69]
  • In February 2019, Biden criticized U.S. President Donald Trump in Germany, breaking a longstanding tradition of not criticizing the current commander-in-chief in foreign countries.[70]

Quotations about guns

  • During a February 2013 interview, Biden said that if there was a “problem” that his wife should “walk out on the balcony here, walk out, put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.” [71] Doing so is of course, illegal, and would leave his wife holding an empty shotgun while dealing with the “problem”.
  • In another February 2013 interview, Biden said "[if] you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door." Coincidently, a man from Virginia Beach had done just that a few days before, and was arrested.[72]

Remarks about race or ethnicity

  • In July 2006, while speaking to a group of Indian-Americans in Delaware, Biden stated, "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking." His comment was caught on C-SPAN.[73]
  • In August 2006, Biden was on Fox News Sunday and bragged about his state being a former slave state. "You don't know my state. My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state is the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a northeast liberal state." [74]
  • Talking about his fellow Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama he said in January 2007, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, ... I mean, that's a storybook, man." [75]
  • Thanks To Japan's Xenophobia, Women Are Encouraged To Stay In The Workforce.[76]

Erroneous comments

  • Joe Biden once told voters that his helicopter was "forced down" on "the superhighway of terror" by Afghan extremists. When actually, snow forced the helicopter pilot to land and wait out a storm.[77]
  • In the Oct. 2008 VP debate, Biden made numerous misstatements, on topics ranging from the Constitution to the Mideast.[78]
  • He said he was second in line to be President when he was first and Nancy Pelosi was second at the time.[79]
  • During the 2008 presidential campaign, Biden said that "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.'"[80] In actuality television wasn't in use for another twenty years and the president during the 1929 stock market crash was Herbert Hoover, not Franklin Roosevelt.
  • In another erroneous remark made during the presidential campaign, Biden referred to Sarah Palin as lieutenant Governor of Alaska, when in fact she the state's Governor at the time.[81]
  • Biden made yet another deceptive claim during the 2008 presidential campaign in which he asserted that "This guy is brain-dead," referring to then-President George W. Bush .[82] This absurd claim was completely unfounded and demonstrably false.


  • "Cause if you could take care, if you were a quartermaster, you can sure in hell take care runnin' a, you know, a department store uh, thing, you know, where, in the second floor of the ladies department or whatever, you know what I mean?"[83]
  • During the 2008 presidential elections Joe Biden gave a speech in Springfield, Illinois in which he introduced the Democratic nominee for president as "Barack America".[84]
  • Biden remarked about the 2010 Midterm “I was amazed at the amount of money, this $200 billion of money that is — where there’s no accountability.” Clearly he meant $200 million says the New York Times.[85] Though just a moment later. “So it really — I’ve never seen this before, so the only caveat I’d put in terms of the House is how much impact this $200 billion are going to mean.”
  • During the 2005 confirmation hearings for Justice John Roberts, Biden asked Roberts, "Can a microscopic tag be planted in someones body to track his every move, you will rule on that." [86]
  • In 2008 Biden told a wheelchair bound State Senator from Missouri to "stand up".[31]
  • He said "Its easy being Vice President." Then a lawmaker said "It's like being the grandpa and not the parent," to which he responded "Yeah, that's it!"[87]
  • After ObamaCare was signed into law, Biden was caught swearing on camera while expressing his joy.[88]
  • Biden was caught swearing again while speaking to a former Senate colleague.[89]

Read more: Biden - "It's Easy Being Vice President", Fox News

In popular culture

See also


  2. 2.0 2.1 Joe Biden: ‘We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt’, Cybercast News Service
  4. Administration Kicks Off "Recovery Summer" with Groundbreakings and Events Across the Country, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, Press Release, June 17, 2010. Retrieved from October 9, 2010.
  15. Why Biden's plagiarism shouldn't be forgotten. - Slate Magazine - Aug. 25, 2008
  16. Who is in, who is out 2004, CNN
  17. McCain urged to join Kerry ticket, MSNBC
  18. Biden's Foreign Policy Background Carries Growing Cachet, Wall Street Journal
  19. Biden Admits Errors and Criticizes Latest Report, The New York Times
  20. Biden, Dodd Bow Out of Presidential Race After Poor Showings in Iowa, Fox News
  22. McCain Launches TV Ad Using Biden’s Words Against Obama, Fox News, August 23, 2008
  24. The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: Biden: I'd Make a Great President, Secretary of State, Vice President
  25. Biden on Obama's VP Pick: 'I'm Not The Guy' ABC News, August 19, 2008
  28. 'Just Words' That Joe Biden Would Like To Forget, National Review Online
  29. Hillary Clinton defeated Obama by a wide margin in the Pennsylvania primary; in August polls show Obama leading McCain by an average of only 5.8% in Pennsylvania RealClearPolitics Pennsylvania Tracking
  30. Choice of Biden Re-Opens Catholic Wound, Reuters
  31. 31.0 31.1 Joe Biden to Man in Wheechair: "Stand Up, Chuck. Let 'Em See Ya!", Rush Limbaugh
  32. CLW website: Who We've Helped Elect
  33. CLW bio, accessed July 2008
  35. Biden's Senate Vote Record, National Journal
  36. Statesman known for slips of his tongue, Politico
  37. Biden, Obama helped keep 'Bridge to Nowhere' alive, CNN
  39. Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation website. Council for a Livable World 50th Anniversary Celebration
  40. Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion?, National Right to Life Committee
  45. Clarence Thomas High-Tech Lynching
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 Joe Biden Timeline
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 49.4 49.5 Joe Biden Biography
  50. Joe Biden's Mythical Blue-Collar Roots, Real Clear Politics
  52. Archmere Academy [1] Tuition for 2008-2009 is $18,450.
  55. Biden Was Accused of Plagiarism in Law School, The New York Times
  56. Biden Admits Plagiarism in School But Says It Was Not 'Malevolent', By E. J. DIONNE JR., SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, Published: September 18, 1987
  57. Delaware Technical Community College - College Catalog
  59. Biden's son a registered lobbyist since 2001, USA Today
  60. How Grief Became Joe Biden’s ‘Superpower’
  61. Joe Biden’s heartfelt speech on grief, Washington Post
  62. Biden’s prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief, Associated Press
  63. Does Joe Biden Have Butt Hair on His Head?, By Jessica Pressler, The Intelligencer, Aug. 25, 2008.
  64. Dominick Mastrangelo, March 02, 2020 'You know, the thing': Biden botches Declaration of Independence quote during campaign stop The Washington Examiner. Retrieved March 03, 2020
  66. Biden jokes Giffords is in 'Cracked Head Club' , USA Today
  67. Joe Biden loses the gift of the gab on St Patrick's Day - The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph
  68. Does Biden Have a Catholic Problem?, Time Magazine
  69. Biden on Iraq Bill: 'Shove It Down His Throat', Newsmax
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  89. Joe Biden swearing in senators makes great TV, Fox News

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