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Biden and Plagiarism

 Biden?  As VP?  Oh my.  What a wealth of material for writing that choice is. What a great revelation this choice is into Obama and his character.  Lets just start with the plagiarism issue that forced Biden to withdraw from the race for President back in 1988.

 Howie Carr of the Boston Herald wrote:
"What I kept searching for in vain yesterday was any description of the end of Biden’s first presidential run, back in 1987. Oh sure, the press mentioned how his campaign was wrecked by the disclosure that hed been lifting biographical passages wholesale from the stump speech of Neil Kinnock, then a British Labor Party leader."
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1114779

What is really strange about this plagiarism to me is that Biden didn’t just quote someone else without giving that person credit, but he actually stole this other guy's life and experiences  and presented it as his own life and his own experiences.  Now that's low.

Again from Howie Carr of the Boston Herald:
"Considering that Kinnock came from a long line of Welsh coal miners, this plagiarism required some creativity on Biden’s part, but then, he did have experience with that literary genre earlier, at Syracuse University College of Law."
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1114779

E. J. DIONNE JR. of the New York Times explains Biden's plagiarism in law school. At the time of the 1988 election he wrote the following.

"Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Democratic Presidential candidate, was accused of plagiarism while in his first year at Syracuse University Law School, academic officials familiar with Mr. Biden's record said today.

"Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Democratic Presidential candidate, was accused of plagiarism while in his first year at Syracuse University Law School, academic officials familiar with Mr. Biden's record said today.

"According to the people familiar with the record of the 44-year-old Senator from Delaware, he was called before the disciplinary body at the law school during his first year because of charges that he had committed plagiarism on a paper. Mr. Biden entered the school in 1965 and graduated in 1968.

"CBS News . . .quoted an aide to Mr. Biden as saying he had been exonerated. However, an academic official said Mr. Biden had been found guilty, ''threw himself on the mercy of the board'' and promised not to repeat the offense. This, according to the official, persuaded the board to drop the matter and allow Mr. Biden to remain in law school. Mr. Biden's office declined to clarify the circumstances surrounding the case, saying the Senator had insisted on handling the matter himself at the news conference.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE5DD173BF934A2575AC0A961948260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

Obama's poor choice in VP has proven Biden correct when Mr. Biden said that Mr. Obama is “not ready” to be president.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/us/politics/24veep.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1219588594-CaW5JOMBVCUgI/WKMpXt4w

“I can tell you that Joe Biden gets it,” said Mr. Obama, of Illinois.

Does he now?  Well then.


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