President Joe Biden, known for his folksy embellishments of the truth over the years, now has added to the archive with a new tall tale over how he earned over 1.5 million Amtrak miles.
Biden’s Story On Traveling 1.5 Million Amtrak Miles Has Some Holes…
Speaking at Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary event on April 30th, Biden told a heartfelt story about how a conductor congratulated him for surpassing 1.5 million miles. The President was a Delaware Senator for 36 years and would commute between Wilmington and the District on Amtrak after a deadly car crash killed his wife and daughter in 1972, leaving him a widower and caretaker of two sons.
“When I became Vice President, one of the Capitol Hill newspapers estimated that I had taken more than 7,000 round trips on Amtrak over my career. I think that’s an exaggeration. I’m going to rely on those two conductors … one of them was a guy named Angelo Negri.
“There was an article, I guess my fourth or fifth year as Vice President, saying Biden travels 1,300,000 miles on Air Force One. I used to – the Secret Service didn’t like it – but I used to like to take the train home. My mom was sick and I used to try to come home almost every weekend as Vice President to see her. I got on the train and Angelo Negri came up and he goes, ‘Joey, baby,’ and he grabbed my cheek like he always did. I thought he was going to get shot. I’m serious. I said, ‘No, no, he’s a friend.’
“He said, ‘Joey, what’s the big deal? 1,300,000 miles on Air Force Two? Do you know how many miles you traveled on Amtrak?’ I said, ‘No, Angie, I don’t know.’ He gave me the calculation and he said you traveled 1,500,000 miles on Amtrak. The fact is, I’d probably take Angie’s word before I’d take the word of what the article said.”
It’s a cute story, the sort of anecdote that has always made me like Biden as a person.
But there are a few blatant inconsistencies in his story.
- Angelo Negri retired in 1993
- Biden’s mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, died in 2010
- Biden didn’t hit 1 million miles on Air Force Two until 2015
I’m neither outraged nor upset, just amused. This is classic Biden.
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