Former Vice President Joe Biden was, once upon a time, a jailbird, arrested in a foreign land, he has told supporters.
The only issue for him is that no one remembers it happening, much like his Corn Pop story.
He first told the story of his arrest, as he went to visit Nelson Mandela, at a campaign stop in Columbia, South Carolina on February 11 and he said it at least two more times since.
“This day, 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid,” the former vice president said.
“I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our U.N. ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on Robben Island,” he said.
“After he got free and became president, he came to Washington and came to my office,” he said at a Black History Month brunch in Las Vegas.
“He threw his arms around me and said, ‘I want to say thank you.’ I said, ‘What are you thanking me for, Mr. President?’ He said, ‘You tried to see me. You got arrested trying to see me,’” he said.
If this man was any more full of crap he would need a lifetime supply of Ex-Lax to get finished with one speech.
Biden did not speak of this arrest in his memoir and has not spoken of it before. But suddenly as he is getting his rear whooped in every primary and caucus and is desperate for the black vote to save him, he is an apartheid hero.
“But if Mr. Biden, then a United States senator from Delaware, was in fact arrested while trying to visit Mr. Mandela, he did not mention it in his 2007 memoir when writing about a 1970s trip to South Africa, and he has not spoken of it prominently on the 2020 campaign trail. A check of available news accounts by The New York Times turned up no references to an arrest. South African arrest records are not readily available in the United States,” The New York Times said.
Former Atlanta, Georgia mayor and Congressman Andrew Young, who also served as the ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 – 1979, was on the trip with him and does not recall any of what Biden was talking about.
“No, I was never arrested and I don’t think he was, either,” the 87-year-old said to the Times in a phone interview.
“Now, people were being arrested in Washington. I don’t think there was ever a situation where congressmen were arrested in South Africa,” he said.
Biden mentioned his visit to see Mandela in 2013 but he never mentioned being arrested.
“I saw his world the way it used to be when I visited South Africa as a 34-year-old senator,” he said. “When I exited the plane I was directed to one side of the tarmac, while the African-American congressmen traveling with me were sent to the other side. I refused to break off, and the officials finally relented. When I tried to enter Soweto township with Congressmen Andrew Young of Atlanta and Charles Diggs of Detroit, I remember their tears of anger and sadness.”