President Joe Biden’s weird anecdote about reaching 1.5 million miles on Amtrak has come under scrutiny after significant inconsistencies emerged that make it impossible to have happened as he told it.
On Friday, Biden delivered a speech in Philadelphia commemorating Amtrak’s 50th birthday and began the story of a certain conductor who congratulated him on reaching the milestone while traveling to visit his ailing mother.
Biden said the incident took place in his “ fourth or fifth year as vice president, ” or around 2014-2015, when the conductor he named was retired for 20 years and his mother passed away, inconsistencies first noted by Fox news.
The White House did not immediately respond to a question about DailyMail.com’s inconsistencies on Wednesday evening.
On Friday, Biden delivered a speech in Philadelphia commemorating Amtrak’s 50th anniversary and launched the story of reaching 1.5 million miles on the service
Biden’s strange anecdote about reaching 1.5 million miles on Amtrak has come under scrutiny after major inconsistencies came to light
Biden, who has served in the Senate for 36 years, famously traveled through Amtrak to Congress from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and traveled many miles on the train service.
“When I became vice president, one of the Capitol Hill newspapers estimated that I had taken more than 7,000 tours of Amtrak during my career,” he explained in his speech on Friday.
‘I think that is an exaggeration. I’m going to rely on those two conductors… one of them was a man named Angelo Negri, ”he went on, unleashing the anecdote.
There was an article, I guess my fourth or fifth year as a vice president, that said Biden travels 1,300,000 miles with Air Force One [Two]. I used to – the Secret Service didn’t like it – but I always liked taking the train home, ”he continued.
“My mom was sick and I tried to come home as a vice president almost every weekend to see her. I got on the train and Angelo Negri came up and he said, “Joey baby,” and he took my cheek like always. I thought he was going to be shot. I mean it. I said, “No, no, he’s a friend,” Biden recalled.
‘He said,’ Joey, what’s going on? 1,300,000 miles on Air Force Two? Do you know how many miles you covered on Amtrak? ‘I said,’ No, Angie, I don’t know. ‘ He gave me the calculation and said you covered 1,500,000 miles on Amtrak. The fact is, I would probably take Angie’s word before I took the word for what was in the article, ”Biden said.
Biden was seen on an Amtrak train in 2014. He recalled an incident that took place around 2014 or 2015, but the conductor he mentioned retired in 1993.
Biden said he was visiting his sick mother, Catherine “Jean” Biden, but she died in 2010. They are seen together on election night in 2008.
A major problem with the story is that Angelo Negri retired as an Amtrak conductor in 1993, according to his 2014 obituary. That’s long before Biden was elected vice president in 2008.
Also, Biden’s mother, Catherine ‘Jean’ Biden, died in 2010 at the age of 92, meaning she didn’t live in Biden’s ‘fourth or fifth year as a vice president.’
Doubt further about the bill, Biden’s own office celebrated its millionth mile on Air Force Two in 2015.
It’s not the first time that Biden’s colorful anecdotes have raised questions about its accuracy.
On the campaign trail last year, Biden told a story of his arrest in South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison.
No contemporaneous or other supporting evidence has ever emerged to support Biden’s extraordinary claim, and key figures he believed were with him denied any knowledge of the events.
It has led some to compare the story to the so-called ‘Mandela effect’, a phenomenon where a person’s vivid memory of a historical event or cultural touchstone turns out to be incorrect.
However, surprising details of some of Biden’s most colorful anecdotes have sometimes been proven by evidence.
His infamous story of a teenage confrontation with the Delaware mobster ‘Corn Pop’ was revealed in some details, after an obituary came out for a Wilmington man with the unusual nickname.
Members of the Wilmington black community also came forward, saying the Corn Pop showdown had long been known in local lore.