- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Race for the White House produces two things: lots of attack ads and unwitting overnight celebrities. Think Sister Souljah. Joe the Plumber. Clint Eastwood’s empty chair. The little boy who spelled “potato” without an “e,” only to have Vice President Dan Quayle helpfully “correct” him. With election season again upon us, The Washington Times continues its series remembering some of our favorite campaign one-hit wonders and asking: Where are they now?

Then: At a 1988 campaign event, Mr. Fahey, a New Hampshire high school teacher, asked Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Delaware Democrat, about his law school performance. An irritated Mr. Biden responded that he probably had a higher IQ than Mr. Fahey and that he had earned three degrees as an undergraduate, gone to law school on a full academic scholarship and finished in the top half of his class — none of which turned out to be true. Mr. Biden later dropped out of the presidential race.

Now: A 69-year-old retired teacher and principal, Mr. Fahey still has a keen interest in politics and attends New Hampshire presidential primary candidate town halls and rallies. Following a 2007 event held by Mr. Biden, Mr. Fahey approached the politician and introduced himself. “He immediately recognized my name, shook my hand and said, ‘I am so sorry for what I caused to happen that day,’ ” Mr. Fahey said. “I said, ‘You need to know I supported you and had no evil intent.’ He said, ‘I know you didn’t. I was younger and you were younger. I overreacted. I apologize for what I said.’ I thought that was very, very nice.”

Quotable: “I’m very, very pleased to see [Biden] where he is,” said Mr. Fahey, who noted that he asks the same credentials question of his doctors. “He clearly misunderstood the question I asked at the time, and my intent. I was a supporter of him back than, and I’m even more a supporter today.”

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