You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks, Biden Caught Plagiarizing…Again!
Back in the late 80’s Biden was caught plagiarizing from British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock during his first run for president in 1987. Despite the fact that Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis was a complete moron, even he figured out what Biden was doing. Dukakis then made an ad comparing the two and it was devastating.
Not long after that Biden was caught by Jeffery Lord and the New York Times plagiarizing Robert Kennedy and John F. Kennedy. Once the the story made the front page of the Times Biden withdrew from the race in disgrace.
From the New York Times in 1987:
At the White House, N. Jeffrey Lord, associate director in the office of political affairs, was watching as Senator Biden spoke. A devout Robert Kennedy fan as a youth who keeps a print of the Jamie Wyeth portrait of John Kennedy in his office at the Reagan White House, Mr. Lord had listened to a memorial record of Robert Kennedy’s speeches so often that he knew them by heart.
As Senator Biden spoke, Mr. Lord found himself suddenly reciting the words along with him. ”I was finishing sentences before he was,” said Mr. Lord, who called The New York Times to point out the similarities. ”I wanted to listen because Biden had such a reputation as a great speaker that I wanted to hear him. But suddenly I realized the speech wasn’t Joe Biden, it was Robert Kennedy. He was repeating the exact language, without attributing it. I was really ticked.”
In response to such criticism, aides of Senator Biden say that in preparing the California speech they intended, but forgot, to insert in the Senator’s copy an attribution to Robert Kennedy for the quotations about the measure of a nation. Such an attribution was included, they said, in copies distributed to reporters.
Just think about that Dukakis was a better candidate than Joe Biden, what a crazy world we live in.
Below is a competition of Biden plagiarizing put together by Washington Post (in 1987):
Last week, Biden was speaking before the graduating class of the US Coast Guard and made a joke that was received with silence. It made him so angry that he criticized those in attendance for not laughing the way he thought they should.
It was odd to me that Biden would be so incensed at the crowd however, Fox News host, Sean Hannity pointed out that Reagan originally made the joke and he got a lot of laughs. That’s why Biden was so mad, he couldn’t relate to the graduates so he used a joke from Reagan and he fell flat on his face. He was so embarrassed that he scolded the audience for not liking his joke.
You can see the side by side nine minutes into the video below.