Joe Biden is coming under fire after a recent claim he made appears to be unfounded. While Biden’s list of gaffes is growing, this particular incident stands apart from most because it appears the former Vice President mislead, misremembered, or was confused about his own profession.
It’s interesting to note the time in question is not Biden’s early years when his confusion might be explained, but a mere 3 years ago.
“When I left the United States Senate, I became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania,” Biden claimed. “And I’ve spent a lot of time — and the University of Delaware has the Biden School as well, so I’ve spent a lot of time on campus with college students.”
Although his own spokesman affirmed that Biden did receive a title of “Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor” from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, his claim to campus time raised eyebrows.
“That’s not true,” said Greg Price of the Daily Caller. “He never taught a class.”
So Biden just said "when I left the United States Senate, I became a professor at the University of Pennsylvania."
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 25, 2020
John Cardillo of NewsMax was equally blunt, “Joe Biden claims to be University of Pennsylvania professor. Spoiler: He isn’t.”
According to PhillyMag, Biden did make an occasional appearance on the campus. He was paid $776,527 to give 4 speeches over the course of two years.
“This week was not the first time Biden has claimed he was a professor,” reports the Washington Examiner. “He told supporters at a South Carolina campaign event earlier this year he “became a teacher, became a professor” rather than working on Wall Street.”