Biden Speech Gets Backlash Over Amtrak Story
In a recent public appearance, President Joe Biden repeated a story about an encounter with an Amtrak conductor, Angelo Negri, raising questions about the accuracy of the anecdote. The incident occurred during a Bidenomics event in Delaware, where the President spoke about his extensive travels on Amtrak trains, citing a conversation with Negri.
The story revolves around an interaction where Negri reportedly pinched President Biden’s cheeks and exclaimed, “Joey, baby!” The President recounted this tale twice in a single day, once to a group of Amtrak workers and again during a speech to promote a new $16.4 billion investment for passenger rail projects on the East Coast.
However, the story has been previously debunked by fact-checkers, including CNN, who concluded that the conversation could not have occurred as described. According to CNN’s fact-check, Angelo Negri passed away before President Biden reached the million-mile mark in his air travel as vice president. Additionally, Biden’s claim that he was traveling to visit his mother at the time of the incident has also been disputed, as his mother had passed away five years prior to him reaching that milestone.
This repetition of the debunked story has added to concerns about President Biden’s age and his ability to govern effectively. Recent polling indicates that 77% of Americans believe that his age, currently 80, may hinder his capacity to govern effectively. Among those who doubt his ability to govern effectively, 85% do not wish to see him run for reelection in 2024.
The incident highlights the ongoing debate over President Biden’s leadership and his prospects for future political endeavors. As of now, it remains to be seen how this repetition of a discredited anecdote may impact public perception and political discourse surrounding the President’s performance.
It’s important to note that political controversies and public opinion can evolve over time, and the sentiments expressed in the story may continue to develop. However, the repeated recounting of a disputed anecdote has raised questions about the accuracy of the President’s statements and fueled concerns about his ability to effectively govern the nation.
Biden for the second time in less than an hour repeats the debunked story about an Amtrak conductor congratulating him for traveling more than a million miles on Amtrak as vice president
Except the conductor retired in 1993 making the story impossible
— aka (@akafacehots) November 7, 2023