- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden had a few hiccups this week during a fundraiser with Hollywood celebrity Tom Hanks.

The 2020 presidential hopeful erroneously told “Biden Victory Fund” viewers Tuesday of the time he was inaugurated vice president in 2018; his attempted correction citing 2012 was also wrong. 

“I used to have to interview my clients down by the train station,” the Democrat said while recounting his professional life. “Forty years later to the month, January of 2018, I found myself in a circumstance where, I mean 2012, I find myself standing in the same spot I was standing 40 years earlier.”

Mr. Hanks, arms crossed, did not note that Mr. Biden was first inaugurated in 2009 with a second ceremony taking place in 2013. 

“I was waiting for a Black man, Tom, to come and pick me up from Philadelphia,” Mr. Biden continued. “A guy named Barack Obama. On 17th January, to take me to Washington, a trip I’ve made a thousand of times commuting every day, to be sworn in as president and vice president.”

The memory slips comes against a political backdrop where Mr. Biden’s critics say the 77-year-old has a serious problem.

His campaign — particularly wife Jill — strenuously rejects the claims.

“Joe is on the phone every single minute of the day, talking to governors who are calling him and Nancy Pelosi. He’s on the Zoom. He’s doing fundraisers. He’s doing briefings,” Mrs. Biden said during a Tuesday interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

Mrs. Biden told the “Today” host that President Trump’s campaign was “ridiculous” for broaching the subject of her husband’s possible cognitive decline.

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