Joe Biden told a story last week at an Amtrak event and, according to a Fox News investigation, the details aren’t adding up at all:
President Biden told a heartfelt story last week about an Amtrak conductor congratulating him for riding more than 1.5 million miles – but the details of the story don’t seem to add up.
“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.
“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.’
“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.”
That’s the entire story. Now here’s the glaring problems:
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.
Additionally, Biden’s office celebrated him hitting 1 million miles on Air Force Two in 2015.
Angelo Negri retired in 1993. Biden’s mother died in 2010. And Biden didn’t hit 1 million miles until his seventh year as vice president in 2015.
This sounds like a classic case of dementia, where someone stitches together completely different events from their life into one story. It’s sad, and I don’t like mocking Biden for legitimate issues like this.
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But what I absolutely hate is that he was sold to America as a healthy 78-year-old man who was raring to go, when we all knew that Biden was having mental problems.