Yet again, Joe Biden’s tales appear to include one that’s tall. But at least this one befits the even taller tales that Amtrak is constitutionally sanctioned or has ever turned a profit.
President Biden appeared to go off the rails with a heartfelt story about reaching 1.5 million miles on Amtrak and being personally congratulated by a conductor — after it emerged the Amtrak worker actually retired some 20 years before his story took place.
This is going to be “fun.”
'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,’ Biden said Friday at an event marking Amtrak's 50th anniversary.
Joe: a man of “the people.”
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 [Two]. 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.'
A friend… Really?
’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.’
But, as Steinbuch and Fordham note, “Angie” retired before he could have said that.
Biden's comments have flown under the media radar so far. However, a few elements of the story seemed out of place. Biden entered the fourth year of his term as vice president around 2013, and Negri's obituary states he retired from Amtrak in 1993, while Biden was still a senator. Meanwhile, Biden's mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, died in 2010.
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Can’t these writers just FOLLOW THE SCIENCE? Clearly, Joe has a time machine that lets him flit through time and space and tell any fabricated anecdote he wants. That’s why he as able to lift lines from UK Labor politician Neil Kinnock, from climate alarmists at the Blue Green Alliance and Carbon Capture Coalition, and from Senator Robert F. Kennedy. He has super-powers to be able to circumvent reality – and rarely suffer any long-term consequences.
Heck, he even can praise AMTRAK for lasting 50 years, even though it’s NEVER run in the black!
As I mention in Episode Six of the new, free, MRC educational series College Unbound, not only is a state-run transportation system one of the planks of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, since its Nixon-era start in 1971, Amtrak has never run in the black.
All Amtrak does is breach the so-called rules of the Constitution, subsidize businesses near the stations, and subsidize riders at the expense of taxpayers.
Those riders would include the factually-challenged Joe Biden, who has lived most of his life off the public dole.
On February 12, 1974, the day he was arrested by the Soviet government, and the day before he was exiled to the West, Russian dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn warned people to “live not by lies.”
It’s a shame Joe Biden never listened to him.