It’s normal for people to become more forgetful as they get older, and it seems Biden is the perfect example of that.
Contrary to what he says, Joe Biden is not the first person in his family who has gone to college. He has claimed it before, and he has claimed it again just recently.
33 years ago, during his 1988 presidential campaign, Joe Biden was known for having plagiarized parts of John Kennedy and Neil Kinnock’s speeches.
It was also then that he had admitted to having family who had gone to college before him.
Charlotte Alter is a national correspondent at Time magazine and a Biden enthusiast. She tweeted out his line from 1987, unaware it seems, of its role in Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign collapse.
In 1987, The New York Times had published Biden’s words as he admitted that his claim was false:
In addition, Mr. Biden said … he had miscast some of his own forebears, painting them as having rather more humble origins than they in fact did. For example, borrowing Mr. Kinnock’s sentiments, Mr. Biden had said he was ‘the first in his family ever to go to university.’ In fact, Mr. Biden said today, ‘there are Finnegans, my mother’s family, that went to college.’
Other than the Finnegans, his maternal great-grandfather, Edward Francis Blewitt, also attended college. Furthermore, he attended college at a time when fewer than 2% of college-aged men and women in the United States did.
It is now more common, and around 60% of college-aged men and women in the US attend college.
Biden’s first shot at the US presidency ended over his dishonesty regarding his academic record, as well as the plagiarism he had committed.
In 1987, Biden had a campaign stop in New Hampshire. A voter had asked him which law school he went to and where he placed in his class.
To the voter’s question, Biden, enraged, answered:
I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my — in my class to have a full academic scholarship. In the first year in law school I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class, and then decided I wanted to stay, went back to law school, and in fact ended up in the top half of my class. I won the international moot-court competition. I was the outstanding student in the political science department at the end of my year. I graduated with three degrees from undergraduate school and 165 credits — I only needed 123 credits. And I’d be delighted to sit down and compare my IQ to yours if you’d like, Frank.
Upon fact-checking his claims, it turns out that Biden received a half scholarship based on financial need, not a full academic scholarship. He wasn’t in the top half of his class, he was near the bottom. There is also no record of him having won the international moot court competition. He did not receive the award for outstanding students at the University of Delaware, and in fact, he had graduated with only one degree.
Even worse than his lying, his academic records showed that Biden had plagiarized five pages of a law review article.
In simpler words: He has lied before, and he has lied yet again.
Biden had forfeited from the 1988 presidential race over his dishonesty and his plagiarism. He had even come clean regarding those issues.
Just last week, Biden forgot where he was going to be the following day. His handlers had to step in to save him, which is nothing new.
This time, he has repeated the claim that had gotten him in trouble 33 years ago. Why?
Did he simply forget, yet again?