|47th Vice President of the United States|
From: January 20, 2009-January 20, 2017
|Former U.S. Senator from Delaware|
From: January 3, 1973 – January 15, 2009
Joe Biden (born Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. on 20 November 1942) was the Vice President of the United States under Barack Obama. Biden is considered the Konstantin Chernenko of the modern Left and the favorite to challenge President Trump in 2020. Prior to being Obama's pick for vice president, Biden never garnered 2% of Democratic primary voters in any of his presidential bids.
In the 1970s, twenty years after Brown v. Board of Education, Biden still opposed school de-segregation and embraced the doctrine of "separate but equal." Biden told NPR that continuing segregation was "a matter of black pride." Biden put together a coalition of liberals and George Wallace supporters to oppose racial integration of schools, and went so far as to consider a Constitutional Amendment outlawing court ordered school desegregation plans if he could not stop racial integration through legislation and appropriations.
Biden has been roundly criticized for his racist, sexist, and bigotted handling of the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, and his habit of unwanted groping of women and girls.
Biden is the first Roman Catholic Vice President and is popularly known as a gaffe machine. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden was a strong supporter of President George W. Bush and helped sheppard the Iraq War resolution through Congress.
- 1 Background
- 2 2009-2017 Vice presidency
- 3 Embarrassing or silly remarks
- 4 Presidential campaigns
- 5 Vice presidential campaigns
- 6 1973-2009 U.S. Senate
- 7 In popular culture
- 8 References
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
Biden was born at Scranton State General Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania and grew up in New Castle County, Delaware, in a middle-class family. His father was a white collar businessmen who did well, but had fallen on hard times when Biden was a youth. Biden attended Archmere Academy, a private Catholic college-preparatory high school in the Wilmington, Delaware area, graduating in 1961. Biden took a summer job to help his family pay for his schooling. 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 near the bottom of his class. After finishing law school Biden worked in the Wilmington, Del. public defenders office were he represented a member of the Black Panthers.
Biden is a serial plagiarizer. He was accused of, and ultimately admitted to plagiarism while a student at Syracuse Law School. 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.
In 1966, while still in law school, Biden married Neilia Hunter. 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. He eventually remarried to Dr. Jill Biden (née Jacobs), an educator in Delaware's schools. She currently is an instructor teaching at Delaware Technical Community College. Together, the couple added a daughter, Ashley Biden, to the family.
SegregationIn 1972 Biden argued that segregation was good for Blacks and was what they wanted.
“I think the concept of busing … that we are going to integrate people so that they all have the same access and they learn to grow up with one another and all the rest, is a rejection of the whole movement of black pride, a rejection of the entire black awareness concept, where black is beautiful, black culture should be studied; and the cultural awareness of the importance of their own identity, their own individuality.”Biden led a coalition of segregationists that was opposed by Republican Sen. Edward Brooke, the first African American senator elected since Democrats forced the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War. National Public Radio's David Ensor asked Biden, "What about a constitutional amendment? Isn’t that what you’re gonna have to end up supporting if you want to stop court ordered busing, too?" Biden responded,
"That would clearly do it. I’m hopeful, and I have — now that I have some sort of new allies in this area, it’s become respectable now for liberals to at least say publicly what they’ve been saying in private, that busing doesn’t work. We are trying to figure out whether or not we can come up with an innovative piece of legislation which would limit the remedy, and I don’t — honestly don’t know whether we can come up with something constitutional. And if we can’t, I will not in an attempt to eliminate busing violate the Constitution. I won’t do that. The only way, if I’m gonna go at it, I’m gonna go at it through a Constitutional Amendment if it can’t be done through a piece of legislation."Ensor reported that Biden proposed renewing segregation because busing wasn't working, and Biden was afraid that older liberal colleagues were blind to how Black separatists felt about their children being bused to white schools.
"There are those of we social planners who think somehow that if we just subrogate man’s individual characteristics and traits by making sure that a presently heterogeneous society becomes a totally homogeneous society, that somehow we’re going to solve our social ills. Quite to the contrary."
Prof. Ronnie Dunn said opposition to busing was motivated by racism and that without the court-ordered policy Biden probably would not have become vice president in 2009. “What I find ironic is that [Biden] was the vice president under a president who, if it hadn’t been for the social interaction that occurred during the era of busing, I argue we likely would not have seen the election of Barack Obama." Dunn, an Urban Studies professor at Cleveland State University and author of the book Boycotts, Busing, & Beyond, said Biden made the case in favor of maintaining segregation. "That was an argument against desegregation.” Dunn said Biden must address the issue if he runs for president. “People have to be held accountable."
The New Jim Crow
- Main article: The New Jim Crow
"In a nutshell, the President's plan does not include enough police officers to catch the violent thugs, enough prosecutors to convict them, enough judges to sentence them or enough prison cells to put them away for a long time."Ted Kennedy, and Strom Thurmond worked on proposals that raised maximum penalties, removed a directive requiring the US Sentencing Commission to take into account prison capacity, and created the cabinet-level “drug czar” position. In 1984, they passed the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which, among other things, abolished parole, imposed a less generous cap on “good time” sentence reductions, and allowed the Sentencing Commission to issue more punitive guidelines.
Biden bragged on the Senate floor that it was under his and Thurmond's leadership that Congress passed a law sending anyone caught with a rock of cocaine the size of a quarter to jail for a minimum of five years - the notoriously racist hundred-to-one sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. In the same speech Biden took credit for civil asset forfeiture and seizure laws, and demanded to know why Papa Bush hadn't sentenced more drug dealers to life in prison or exercise the death penalty once Congress had given him that power.
Biden's version of a new crime bill added more than forty crimes that would be eligible for the death penalty. Biden boasted “we do everything but hang people for jaywalking.” The NAACP and other groups lobbied against the bill. Although the 1991 crime bill was defeated by Republicans, the 1994 Biden/Clinton crime bill was passed.
By 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level they had been under Ronald Reagan. Biden's "social planning" had proven effective.The Leftist Jacobin magazine summed up Biden's record:
"It’s not as if Biden didn’t know what he was doing.... He just didn’t care. Biden had made a calculated decision that the elections he would win were worth the damage he inflicted....
But even if Biden has subsequently learned the error of his ways, the rank cynicism and callousness involved in his two-decade-long championing of carceral policies should be more than enough to give anyone pause about his qualities as a leader, let alone a progressive one."
2009-2017 Vice presidency
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."
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.
According to the metadata, on June 15, 2016, three days after Julian Assange announced WikiLeaks was about to publish “emails related to Hillary Clinton,” the first Guccifer 2.0 document was created by Warren Flood on the East coast at 13:38 EDT, and was modified thirty minutes later by Феликс Эдмундович, or Felix Edmunovich, the Russian patronymic of Felix Edmunovich Dzerzhinsky, founder of the KGB - a blatantly amateurish attempt to create Russian fingerprints.
A document that Warren Flood authored in 2008, and was attached to one of John Podesta's leaked emails, was used by Guccifer 2.0 as a template into which he then copied the contents of the DNC's Trump Opposition Research document. It was copied from this file: https://www.wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/fileid/26562/7365 which is also attached to this leaked email. It is Flood's document that the "CONFIDENTIAL" text in the background derives from.Guccifer 2.0 was a 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign false flag operation set up to discredit the DNC revelations at Wikileaks. Adam Carter writes,
"one particular group would have been particularly desperate precisely at that time, for the emergence of a narrative about Russian hackers to discredit proper leaks / justify claims that all leaks are 'probably doctored' and they will have very likely known [Warren] Flood too. That group is the Clinton Campaign.National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent a CYA email to herself about a secret Oval Office meeting where the Clinton-Steele dossier was discussed. The email was written and sent to herself 15 minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in on January 20, 2017:
As of June 12th,  they were in a position where Julian Assange had just announced WikiLeaks' upcoming release of Hillary's emails, she was still under FBI investigation, and Trump was attacking Hillary for her use of a private server with his supporters frequently chanting "lock her up!" at rallies.
The campaign was in a desperate position and really needed something similar to a Russian hacker narrative and one where they would be fortunate to have a seemingly clumsy hacker that leaves lots of 'fingerprints' tainting files and bringing the reputation of leaks into question... Sure enough, 2-3 days later, Guccifer2.0 - the world's weirdest hacker - was spawned and started telling lies in an effort to attribute himself to the malware discoveries, etc."
"On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.
President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities "by the book". The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.
From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.
The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would."
The following day DNI James Clapper released a public version of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian election interference, a joint John Brennan, Clapper and Comey document consisting of recycled reports on RT with two pages of sexual innuendo from the Clinton opposition research Steele dossier. NSA Dir. Adm. Mike Rogers dissented from the conclusions and did not attend the days' prior Oval Office meeting.
The Washington Post was assured by Comey, Brennan and Clapper that "the sources involved in the [Clinton-Steele dossier's] reporting were credible enough to warrant inclusion in the highly classified [presidential] report.” Brennan however, in public Congressional testimony months later, said the dossier and its sources were not credible enough to incorporate in the joint Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian election interference. Brennan swore the Clinton-Steele dossier did not “in any way” factor into the CIA's assessment that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump.
Clapper leaked the substance of the Clinton-Steele dossier to Jake Tapper of CNN before Comey briefed President-elect Trump, providing the "news hook" in Comey's words, that CNN was looking for to publicize the dossier's unverified contents after Trump was briefed. This was the beginning of the bogus pee-memo rumor designed to smear President-elect Trump, with Obama, Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Biden, Rice and Sally Yates colluding together. And the purpose was to hoax the FISA court into granting an extension of surveillance beyond Trump's swearing in. It is also a prime example of "circular journalism" and fake news collusion between mainstream media and Democrat operatives.
Creepy Uncle Joe
According to the Washington Post, female Secret Service agents did not want to work with Biden. Whenever Biden's wife was not home, Biden striped naked. The female Secret Service agents where afraid to report incidents to their superiors in fear for their jobs.
Cronyism and influence peddling
Five months into the Obama administration in June 2009 Biden's son, Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz, stepson of Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair John Kerry formed Rosemount Seneca. The firm partnered with the Thornton Group run by Devon Archer, and the Bank of China, to form Bohai Harvest RST (BHR) in China. Devon Archer is the nephew of Whitey Bulger, head of the Boston Irish mafia who enjoyed federal protection under FBI director Robert Mueller as an informant. Bulger was convicted of 19 murders that occurred while under Mueller's protection; some have linked the Bulger klan to as many as 52 murders while Mueller ran the Boston FBI field office. The Bank of China is owned by the Chinese government and closely connected with the Chinese military and intelligence services. Biden, Heinz, and Archer transferred and sold "duel use" technology to the Chinese military which was used to create the Chinese drone program and replicate the Chinese version of the F-15 fighter.
In April 2013, Hunter Biden joined the Board of Directors of Burisma, a Ukrainian oil and gas company despite having no experience in the oil and gas industry. The status of an independent Ukraine became the focus of much fake news reporting during the 2016 election and the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.
Embarrassing or silly remarks
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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." 
- 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."
- 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.
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.”  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.
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.
- 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." 
- 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." 
- 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.
- In the Oct. 2008 VP debate, Biden made numerous misstatements, on topics ranging from the Constitution to the Mideast.
- He said he was second in line to be President when he was first and Nancy Pelosi was second at the time.
- 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.'" 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.
- 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".
- 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. 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." 
- 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!"
- After ObamaCare was signed into law, Biden was caught swearing on camera while expressing his joy.
- Biden was caught swearing again while speaking to a former Senate colleague.
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." A favorite of the liberal media, Biden avoids the mockery that greeted a less gaffe-prone predecessor, Dan Quayle.
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.". He was later mentioned as a possible running mate for Democratic Senator John Kerry, but he instead urged Kerry to chose Senator John McCain.
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."  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'." 
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. 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?.||”|
|“||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.||”|
2020 Presidential election
A CNN focus group of registered Democrats in March 2019 roundly rejected Biden as a serious contender
Vice presidential campaigns
2008 Vice presidential campaignBarack 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."  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." 
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."
- "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;
- Biden's son is going to Iraq, which may have helped to rehabilitate Obama's image as anti-military; however, Biden himself never served.
- 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." 
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. SenateCale Boggs. 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 chair or ranking member on both committees. Biden in 2007 was ranked as the third most liberal Senator by the non-partisan National Journal.
Biden has close ties with lobbyists, receiving $5,133,072 in contributions from lawyers and lobbyists since 2003. Biden requested 116 congressional earmarks in 2008 alone, resulting in $342 million in taxpayer money.
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." He received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006, but not in other years because of his opposition to partial-birth abortion and public funding for abortions.
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.
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. 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 in 1991.
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 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." He advocated Iraqi federalism based on national and religious differences for Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis.
Bush tax cuts
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."
In popular culture
- Joe Biden Timeline
- Joe Biden Biography
- Joe Biden's Mythical Blue-Collar Roots, Real Clear Politics
- Archmere Academy  Tuition for 2008-2009 is $18,450.
- Biden Was Accused of Plagiarism in Law School, The New York Times
- 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
- Delaware Technical Community College - College Catalog
- Biden's son a registered lobbyist since 2001, USA Today
- The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Naomi Murakawa, Oxford University Press, Jul 10, 2014, p. 141.
- The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Naomi Murakawa.
- Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote, Michelle Alexander, The Nation, February 10, 2016
- Joe Biden: ‘We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt’, Cybercast News Service
- Say “Hi” To Guccifer 2.0, Adam Carter, Disobedient Media, February 24, 2018.
- In Russian, the middle name is taken from the father, and the last name from the grandfather. Use of a patronymic expresses deep affection and emotion (Vladimir Ilyich or Joseph Vissarionovich, for example) and is generally reserved for family members or close friends.
- Grassley to Rice, February 8, 2018. Original.
- The notorious "pee-pee memo."
- What are we going to do about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden?, WaPo
- Does Joe Biden Have Butt Hair on His Head?, By Jessica Pressler, The Intelligencer, Aug. 25, 2008.
- Biden jokes Giffords is in 'Cracked Head Club' , USA Today
- Joe Biden loses the gift of the gab on St Patrick's Day - The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Telegraph
- Does Biden Have a Catholic Problem?, Time Magazine
- Biden on Iraq Bill: 'Shove It Down His Throat', Newsmax
- Gehrke, Joel (February 16, 2019). Biden tells Europeans in Munich that America is 'an embarrassment'. Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
- Biden Shotgun Advice Draws Quizzical Response, The New York Times
- Biden Advises Shooting Shotgun Through Door, U.S. News & World Report
- Biden explains Indian-American remarks, MSNBC
- Biden's description of Obama draws scrutiny, CNN
- Fact Check: Biden's Chopper Was 'Forced Down' by Snowflakes, Fox News
- Did Biden Get It Wrong? You Betcha, Fox News
- Bozo the VP botches line of succession, Michelle Malkin
- Behind The Scenes With Joe Biden, CBSNews
- Biden's Palin Demotion, Time Magazine
- Barack America and President Biden? Ooops..., Christian Science Monitor
- $200 Billion in Ads, Mr. Biden? That’s Real Money, The New York Times, October 22, 2010
- Joe Biden to Man in Wheechair: "Stand Up, Chuck. Let 'Em See Ya!", Rush Limbaugh
- Biden - "It's Easy Being Vice President", Fox News
- US health care: Joe Biden swears after Barack Obama signs historic reforms, Daily Telegraph
- Joe Biden swearing in senators makes great TV, Fox News
- Why Biden's plagiarism shouldn't be forgotten. - Slate Magazine - Aug. 25, 2008
- Who is in, who is out 2004, CNN
- McCain urged to join Kerry ticket, MSNBC
- Biden's Foreign Policy Background Carries Growing Cachet, Wall Street Journal
- Biden Admits Errors and Criticizes Latest Report, The New York Times
- Biden, Dodd Bow Out of Presidential Race After Poor Showings in Iowa, Fox News
- McCain Launches TV Ad Using Biden’s Words Against Obama, Fox News, August 23, 2008
- The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: Biden: I'd Make a Great President, Secretary of State, Vice President
- Biden on Obama's VP Pick: 'I'm Not The Guy' ABC News, August 19, 2008
- 'Just Words' That Joe Biden Would Like To Forget, National Review Online
- 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
- Choice of Biden Re-Opens Catholic Wound, Reuters
- Biden's Senate Vote Record, National Journal
- Statesman known for slips of his tongue, Politico
- Biden, Obama helped keep 'Bridge to Nowhere' alive, CNN
- Where Do the Candidates Stand on Abortion?, National Right to Life Committee
- Clarence Thomas High-Tech Lynching
- Biden On the Issues
- Voting Record, Washington Post
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Presidential Race Site