In a classic case of Bidenism, President Joe Biden has been caught in yet another tall tale. During a speech on November 6, Biden claimed that he had a conversation with Amtrak conductor Angelo Negri about his extensive travels as vice president, racking up more than one million miles on Air Force aircraft. Sounds impressive, right? Well, turns out it’s just another fish story.
Biden did not reach the one million miles traveled mark until 2015.https://t.co/WqO56WKlx6
— Check Your Fact (@Check_Your_Fact) November 10, 2023
The fact checkers wasted no time in declaring this claim as false. First of all, Biden didn’t even hit the one million mile mark until 2015, well after Negri retired from Amtrak in 1993. So unless Negri had some mystical powers of precognition, it’s safe to say this conversation never took place. But hey, who needs facts and accuracy when you’re spinning a good yarn, right?
To make matters worse, Biden has been repeating this fictional story on multiple occasions. According to The New York Post, this is the 12th time he has regaled us with his tale of train travel. And he first started sharing this fanciful anecdote in 2021, as if he didn’t have enough on his plate as the leader of the free world.
It’s no surprise that the Associated Press has debunked this story, yet the White House remains mum on the matter. Perhaps they’re too busy trying to clean up the mess of other Biden gaffes to address this latest fib. But one thing’s for sure, this is just another example of why fact-checking is a necessary and important part of the media landscape.