President Joe Biden made a bizarre claim in a speech that he’d taught political theory at an Ivy League university – despite only serving there as a visiting fellow and honorary professor.
Biden, at 80, the nation’s oldest-ever president, was speaking at Prince George Community College in Maryland Thursday for an economic address he meant to contrast what he calls ‘Bidenomics’ with the police of predecessor Donald Trump.
At one point, however, the president turned his speech to a common theme, that Democracy is ‘under attack’ when he suddenly discussed his time at the University of Pennsylvania.
‘We got to fight for it,’ Biden said. ”I taught at the University of Pennsylvania for four years and I used to teach political theory. And folks, you always hear, every generation has to fight for Democracy.’
However, while Biden served from 2017 to 2019 as the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of the Practice, there is no record of him teaching classes.
President Joe Biden made a bizarre claim in a speech Friday that he’d taught political theory at an Ivy League university where he merely served as a visiting fellow and honorary professor
In recent weeks, Biden has also falsely claimed he was at Ground Zero the morning after the 9/11 terror attacks, that he witnessed a Pittsburgh bridge collapse and that his grandfather died days before his birth.
Biden appeared on campus for official events about a dozen times between leaving the vice presidency and beginning his run for president, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
However, those were never full-time classes and were largely limited to Q&A’s and public events – including one with former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – which paid him $900,000.
He did give one lecture at the university’s Wharton School of Economics, ironically an alma mater of former President Trump.
In 2018, the university opened the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, DC.
Investigators from the FBI searched the office that President Biden used to maintain at the DC think tank – days after his own lawyer identified classified material there, it was revealed Tuesday.
Biden most recently attended the university’s commencement ceremonies in May with recently indicted son Hunter.
Biden’s age has often led him to make misstatements and recent polling numbers show most consider the president at too advanced an age to serve again.
Biden appeared on campus for official events about a dozen times between leaving the vice presidency and beginning his run for president
In 2018, the university opened the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, DC. Investigators from the FBI searched the office that President Biden used to maintain at the DC think tank
Biden most recently attended the university’s commencement ceremonies in May with recently indicted son Hunter
Biden helps cut the ribbon at the opening of the Penn Biden Center in 2018
Vice president Joe Biden speaks at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium February 19, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Biden joined Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, in discussing global affairs and other topical subjects
Former Vice President Joe Biden takes part in a forum on the opioid epidemic at the university in April 2019
In May, Biden once again falsely claimed that his son Beau was killed while serving in Iraq while visiting with United States troops stationed in Japan Monday.
In October 2022, Biden said that Beau died in Iraq while speaking at Camp Hale in Colorado.
‘Just imagine – I mean it sincerely – I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and lost his life in Iraq. Imagine the courage, the daring, and the genuine sacrifice – genuine sacrifice they all made,’ Biden said then.
He also said that Beau had died in Iraq during a speech in Florida in November, right after confusing the War in Ukraine with the War in Iraq.
‘Inflation is a worldwide problem right now,’ the president said. ‘There’s a war in Iraq and the impact on oil and what Russia’s doing. Excuse me, the war in Ukraine.’
‘I’m thinking Iraq, because that’s where my son died – because he died,’ Biden then explained.
The president has long linked his service, and the military’s use of burn pits, to Beau’s brain cancer diagnosis.
A whopping two-thirds of the President’s own party think he’s too old – even though he is running a 2024 reelection campaign
There is a 26 percent margin between those who think President Joe Biden, 80, is too old to serve a second term and those who think 2024 Republican frontrunner and former President Donald Trump, 77, is too old for another shot at the presidency
‘In my view, I can’t prove it yet, he came back with stage 4 glioblastoma. Eighteen months he lived, knowing he was going to die,’ Biden said in 2019.
The younger Biden had deployed to Iraq in 2009 and earned a Bronze Star medal for his service there as part of the Army.
The president has also faced criticism for invoking his son Beau in military speeches in the past.
The New York Times and Washington Post both published opinion pieces Wednesday branding 80-year-old President Joe Biden as too old to run for re-election in 2024.
Although Biden, 80, is only three years older than Donald Trump, 77, there is a 26 percent margin between those who think Biden is too old and those who think the ex-president is too old to serve another term.
A new Wall Street Journal poll taken August 24-30 and released on Monday, shows that only 36 percent of the 1,500 voters surveyed think Biden is mentally fit for office, while 46 percent think Trump is mentally competent for the job.
The latest shows that 75 percent of voters think Biden is too old, compared to just 47 percent who feel the same about Trump.
Those who feel Biden is too old include a whopping two-thirds of Democrats.
Author Franklin Foer, who wrote a biography on Biden’s first two years in office, said Sunday he wouldn’t be ‘totally shocked’ if the President ended up dropping out of the race before the end of the year.
When asked Sunday by NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd how he would react if Biden decided not to complete his 2024 bid, Foer said: ‘It would be a surprise to me. But it wouldn’t be a total surprise.’
The author who had ‘unparalleled access’ to Biden and his inner circle, according to publisher Penguin Random House, noted that ‘one of the primary insecurities’ of the President ‘is that he does not want to be perceived as stupid.’
Biden, 80, announced in late April his bid for a second term with Vice President Kamala Harris – but questions have emerged in the last year over whether the President is too old or too unfit to serve for four more years.
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