President Joe Biden said in 2004 that ‘a house with my wife has burned down’


Amtrak’s story, which Joe Biden told Wednesday in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was the fifth time last year – and the fourth since entering the White House – that the president repeated the story.

Biden made similar statements in these cases.

October 12, 2020

Subsequent candidate Joe Biden speaks to a small group at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal on October 12, 2020

Appearing on a campaign trail in Cincinnati, Ohio, then-candidate Joe Biden repeated the story about his friend, Amtrak conductor Angelo Negri.

“So I started traveling back and forth every day, and I got involved as Mr. Amtrak,” Biden said.

‘Because when they publish it, they keep accurate records of how many miles you travel on a government plane when your vice president.

And I’ve traveled a little bit, I think it’s 1,400,000 miles.

It’s on the front page of the magazine, but I would still love to take the train home on Friday as vice president because it costs a lot of money to get back on that small plane.

‘But besides that, the secret service felt much safer if I wasn’t on the train, but they made fun of me and sometimes let me go home on Fridays.

‘My mother lived in my house while passing.

And I remember getting on the train and I was a guy named Angelo Negri, I knew their families, all the conductors and all the people over the years.

And he came up to me and he held me and he said, “Joe.” He held my cheeks.

‘I thought the Secret Service would shoot him. I don’t want to. “

‘This is a true story.

And he said, “I’ve just read, Joe, 1,400,000 miles on Air Force Two, great stuff. We’re checking in. We’re having our retirement dinner. We went to New Jersey for dinner.

I said, “No, Ang, I’m not.”

He said, “Joe,” he said, “we have 117 days a year, 36 years and then X number of days as vice president. You’ve traveled 2,100,000 miles on Amtrak.”

‘I think I have a record other than a conductor.’

April 30, 2021

Speaking on April 30 in Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, Biden began the story of reaching 1.5 million miles in service.

Speaking on April 30 in Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, Biden began the story of reaching 1.5 million miles in service.

Speaking in Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, Biden began the story by congratulating a particular conductor for reaching the milestone when he was traveling to visit his ailing mother.

Biden said the incident occurred in his ‘fourth or fifth year as vice president’ or around 2014-2015, at which time the named conductor retired and died for 20 years, the inconsistencies first highlighted by LBL.

Biden, who served in the Senate for 36 years, traveled from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, to Congress from Amtrak, traveling many miles in rail service.

“When I became vice president, Capital Hill magazine estimated that I had taken more than 7,000 round trips to Amtrak in my career,” he explained in his speech on Friday.

‘I think it’s an exaggeration. I’m going to rely on those two conductors … one of them is Angelo Negri, ‘he started the anecdote.

‘There was an article, I guess, my fourth or fifth year as vice president, Biden travels 1,300,000 miles on Air Force One. [Two]. I used to – I didn’t like the Secret Service – but I loved taking the train home, ‘he continued.

‘My mother was sick and I was trying to come home as vice president every weekend to see them. I boarded the train and Angelo Negri came upstairs and he went, ‘Joe, baby,’ and he held my cheek as usual. I thought he would shoot. I’m serious. I said, ‘No, no, he’s a friend,’ Biden recalled.

He said, “Joe, what’s the big deal? 1,300,000 miles on Air Force Two? Do you know how many miles you have traveled on Amtrak?”

I said, “No, Angie, I don’t know.”

‘He gave me the calculation and said you traveled 1,500,000 miles on Amtrak.

“The reality is, I’ll probably take Angie’s talk before I take the word out in the article,” Biden said.

June 29, 2021

Biden told the same story in a June 29 speech at La Cross Municipal Transit Utility in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Biden told the same story in a June 29 speech at La Cross Municipal Transit Utility in La Crosse, Wisconsin

President Biden proposed his bipartisan infrastructure at the La Cross Municipal Transit Utility in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

During his remarks, he once again told the story of ‘Mr. Amtrak. ‘

‘Now, I know “Mr. Amtrak,” the president said.

“I’ve traveled 2 million miles on Amtrak. I used to travel every day. I understand.

‘I know you think I’m crazy. But after my wife and daughter were killed, I decided to travel back and forth to Delaware.

‘It was a 257-mile roundtrip.’

Biden continued: ‘I’ll tell you a real quick story. I should not be bored of you by this.

‘But, you know, the Secret Service – they’re the best in the world – you don’t like taking Amtrak because it stops so many times – the train.

“They want me to fly home in the small jets available as vice president.

And it costs a lot of money, so I go home on a Friday, you know, because my mother died.

‘I’m going home on Amtrak. And he announces – as president and vice president, he keeps a record of the miles you fly in the air on Air Force aircraft.

‘And by the end of my tenure, a headline was out in all the newspapers: “Biden Travels …” – I think it’s about 1.3 or 1.7 million miles on Air Force flights.

“So, I got on the train on Friday, and all these guys became my family – everybody – the conductor.

And there came a man named Angelo Negri, and he said, “Joey, baby!”

‘Cuts my cheeks like that. And I thought they would shoot him. I really did.

I said, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, he’s a friend.”

Like “what the hell is he”.

‘And he said, “Great thing, Joe. A million …” – whatever it is – “… three hundred thousand miles. You know how many miles you have traveled on Amtrak, Joe?”

And I said, “No, Ang. I’m not.”

And he said, “At that retirement dinner, we calculated it. We estimated 127 days a year, 250 miles back and forth, 3 – 36 years, then vice president.

“Joe, you’ve traveled much on Amtrak.”

‘Well, I – and when they named my station in my city the station, someone complained that Biden was using his influence.

I said, “Hell, they should name my entire northeast corridor.”

‘I am [traveled] More than anyone else. ‘

September 21, 2021

President Joe Biden held a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 21 at the White House Oval Office.  Biden told the same story to the British prime minister

President Joe Biden held a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 21 at the White House Oval Office. Biden told the same story to the British prime minister

The president told the same story during a visit with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House Oval Office.

At the beginning of their meeting, Biden and Johnson exchanged pleasantries and joked about their love for trains.

Prime Minister Amtrak unloaded the train from New York City at the annual UN General Assembly meeting to meet Biden at the White House.

“They love you,” Johnson told Amtrak’s Biden. ‘You are a living angel in Amtrak, I can tell you.’

The president boasted about 2 million miles riding on the nation’s rail system.

‘Well, they should. I’ve traveled a lot in Amtrak, ‘he said. ‘If I were a conductor, I would be number one in seniority.’

Biden later shared a frequently recurring story with Johnson.

“I have to tell you a quick story that has nothing to do with anything,” Biden told the British prime minister.

He told Johnson, ‘The Secret Service did not like me traveling on Amtrak because there were so many options to disturb people along the way.

But I insisted on doing it.

‘One day,’ Biden continued, ‘he put in the paper: “Biden travels 1 million …” – and I think – don’t hold me to the exact number – I think – “… 350,000 miles on Air Force Two.”

The president later told Johnson he met Delaware whenever he went home by train, saying, “A man, a third person in seniority from New Jersey as a conductor, [who] Walked up and grabbed me and he went: “Joe, baby!” [and] Grabs my cheek.

I thought the Secret Service would shoot him.

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