Biden’s plagiarisms

This is not from a conservative screed but “Slate Magazine”: The wacky plagiarisms of Joe Biden. – By Jack Shafer:

Biden didn’t merely borrow words and phrasings from Kinnock, which is a time-honored practice of candidates and their speechwriters and is almost never regarded as plagiarism. He became Kinnock, as David Greenberg writes today, claiming things about himself and his family that were untrue and that he knew to be untrue.

In his closing remarks at an Aug. 23, 1987, debate at the Iowa State Fair*, Biden said:

“I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university?”

Biden then gestured to his wife and continued:

Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I’m the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest?

Kinnock had said:

Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university?

Pointing to his wife, Kinnock said:

Why is Glenys the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?

And so on and so on. (By the way, the Bidens were not the first ones in their families to go to college.)

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://chaz-lehmann@yahoo.com Pr. Lehmann

    Congratulations on your first granddaughter. She is beautiful!

  • http://chaz-lehmann@yahoo.com Pr. Lehmann

    Congratulations on your first granddaughter. She is beautiful!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Biden sounds like a perfect democrat politician.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Biden sounds like a perfect democrat politician.


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