Rumors are abounding that Obama will pick Joe Biden as his running mate. It strikes me as a bizarre choice. Biden is the premier windbag in an assembly of windbags (the U.S. Senate), a man who likes the sound of his voice so much he forgets to ask questions at confirmation hearings. It’s well known that he had to withdraw from the 1988 Presidential race after it was revealed that he plagiarized portions of his speeches.
And then there’s this, which I had forgotten:
Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. issued a formal statement today acknowledging that he had misstated several facts about his past last April in a campaign appearance in New Hampshire. . .
Most of Mr. Biden’s statement was in response to a report in this week’s issue of Newsweek magazine on a tape recording made by the C-SPAN network of an appearance by Mr. Biden at a home in Claremont, N.H., on April 3. It was a typical coffee-klatch style appearance before a small group. . .
The tape, which was made available by C-SPAN in response to a reporter’s request, showed a testy exchange in response to a question about his law school record from a man identified only as ”Frank.” Mr. Biden looked at his questioner and said: ”I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do.”
He then 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,” Mr. Biden said. He also said that he ”ended up in the top half” of his class and won a prize in an international moot court competition. In college, Mr. Biden said in the appearance, he was ”the outstanding student in the political science department” and ”graduated with three degrees from college.” . . .
[The article goes on to show that four of these five claims were false. For example, he graduated 76th out of 85. The moot court prize was (probably) true.]
Mr. Biden acknowledged that in the testy exchange in New Hampshire, he had lost his temper. ”I exaggerate when I’m angry,” Mr. Biden said, ”but I’ve never gone around telling people things that aren’t true about me.” Mr. Biden’s questioner had made the query in a mild tone, but provoked an explosive response from Mr. Biden.
So by his own admission, when Biden gets angry, he tends to make things up — or (worse) he can’t remember the truth.