April 3, 1987: Campaign stop in Claremont, New Hampshire
In this clip, Joe Biden is asked about his academic credentials, but rather than simply answering the question, he goes on the offensive, saying, “I think I have a much higher I.Q. than you do I suspect. I went to law school on a full academic scholarship — the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship.” Biden went on to claim that he “ended up in the top half” of his class and that he had “graduated with three degrees from college.”
Problem is, none of that is true.
Wikipedia’s bio on Joe Biden says he was academically “undistinguished” in high school and that he graduated with a B.A. from the University of Delaware in the 26th percentile (506th place in a class of 688).
Conservapedia says Biden graduated with a J.D. from Syracuse Law School in 76th place in a class of 85. That’s the bottom 10% … a far cry from the “top half” of the class.
So that’s two degrees, not three, and neither of them were even remotely distinguished.
The Washington Post, hardly a source for right wingnut lies, agrees Biden was “a mediocre student in college and law school.”
NONE of these sources mention any academic honors whatsoever, certainly not a “full academic scholarship” to law school, something which would be prominently displayed in any leader’s resumé IF IT HAD EXISTED.
And while he was attending Syracuse Law School, Biden plagiarized a law review article, which is grounds for expulsion. He managed to weasel his way into just getting an F and a chance to take the course again.
In my experience, students who graduate in the 26th percentile of their college class do not get considered for academic scholarships, full or otherwise. And even if he’d ever had one, they’d have pulled it after he got that F for plagiarism.
And speaking of plagiarism, maybe Syracuse should’ve tossed him out of law school so he would LEARN HIS LESSON. Getting an F and a REDO clearly did not do the trick, because in 1987, Joe Biden DID IT AGAIN.
He was forced to drop out of his first presidential bid in 1987 after it was discovered he had plagiarized a speech from British Labour Party (UK) leader Neil Kinnock. The totally weird thing is … Biden didn’t just rip off some of Kinnock’s good lines. He actually read off PERSONAL DETAILS about Kinnock’s own life as if they were his own history!
Sadly, the stoopid voters of Delaware continued to keep him in the Senate and then the Dumbocrats who didn’t take his second presidential bid seriously at all made him VICE PRESIDENT to the man he had once described as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
And they call US racists?! Sheesh.