‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden’s moving story about conductor called into question

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President Biden appeared to go off the rails with a heartfelt story about reaching 1.5 million miles on Amtrak and being personally congratulated by a conductor — after it emerged the Amtrak worker actually retired some 20 years before his story took place. Speaking at an event in Philadelphia commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amtrak Friday, Biden — an avid rail user who earned the name “Amtrak Joe” as a senator — launched into a touching tale about hitting the milestone in his “fourth or fifth year as vice president” as he traveled home. “When I became vice president, one of the Capitol Hill newspapers estimated that I had taken more than 7,000 round trips on Amtrak over my career. I think that’s an exaggeration. I’m going to rely on those two conductors … one of them was a guy named Angelo Negri,” Biden began, according to Fox News. “There was an article, I guess my fourth or fifth year as vice president, saying Biden travels 1,300,000 miles on Air Force One [Two]. I used to — the Secret Service didn’t like it — but I used to like to take the train home.

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