Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Collected Sayings of Sen. Biden, Part 2

During the 1988 Presidential campaign that launched him to national prominence, Biden was forced to withdraw amidst a storm of controversy. A video put together by the Dukakis campaign showed that Biden had lifted portions of speeches from a British politician named Neil Kinnock. Days later, it was revealed that he had also plagiarized a law review paper while he was a first-year student at Syracuse Law School. Further investigation into his academic career led to a testy exchange in New Hampshire, during which Biden told a questioner named Frank, who had asked about his law school grades, “I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do.” He then added that he “went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship,” and that he “ended up in the top half… with three degrees from college.” It was later revealed that Biden had achieved only one degree, a B.A., and had graduated 76th in his class… out of 85 students. His excuse? “I exaggerate when I’m angry.” - Source: "The Shining City" [blog]

In 2006, Biden, attempting to pander to an Indian-American supporter, noted that, “In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” - CSPAN, June 2006

“I mean you got the first mainstream, African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking, I mean that’s a storybook, man.” - Biden on Obama candidacy, New York Observer, January 2007

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