For the fifth time during his 总统职位, 拜登讲述了一个可以追溯到他担任副总裁时的故事，他与前美铁员工安吉洛·内格里（Angelo Negri）的一次轻松相遇.
“I commuted every single day, 263 miles a day, on Amtrak from the time I got elected United States senator,” 总统说. “I got to know all the conductors really well, they became my friends – I mean, 真, my genuine friends, I’d have them at my home for Christmas and during the summer.
“And Ange walks up to me and goes, ‘Joey, 宝宝,’ grabs my cheek and I thought the Secret Service was going to blow his head off,” 他说.
“I swear to God, 真实的故事,” 他记得. “我说, '没有, 没有, he’s a friend.’ I said, ‘What’s up, Ange?’ And he said, ‘Joey, I read in the paper you traveled 1,200,000 miles on Air Force planes.’”
Negri then informed the vice president that he had traveled 2,200,000 miles on Amtrak, according to Biden’s telling.
“’So Joey, I don’t wanna hear this about the Air Force anymore,’” Biden recalled Negri joking.
“I’m a train guy,” 总统说, concluding his story and launching into his pitch on his Build Back Better agenda and bipartisan infrastructure bill.
福克斯新闻有 先前报告 that the story does not add up.
Negri’s obituary states he retired from Amtrak in 1993, while Biden was still a senator. 另外, Biden’s office celebrated him hitting 1 million miles on Air Force Two in 2015 and Negri passed away the year prior.
Biden’s telling of the story has also varied.
The president previously claimed it happened in the “fourth or fifth year” of his vice presidency, while he claimed as recently as last week that it happened in the seventh year of his tenure.
In another version of the story that Biden has previously told, he was going back to visit his sick mother when the interaction happened, even though his mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, 死在 2010.
Fox News’ Evie Fordham and Houston Keene contributed reporting.