May 4th, 2009
01:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Biden rides train after warning to avoid 'confined places'

Vice President Joe Biden said Friday he holds summer parties at his home for Amtrak train conductors.
Vice President Joe Biden said Friday he holds summer parties at his home for Amtrak train conductors.

(CNN) - Joe Biden didn't heed his own advice.

On Friday, just one day after he warned his family to avoid "confined places" like subways and aircrafts, the vice president took the train from Washington, DC to Wilmington, Delaware. Now he plans to ride the train back to the District Monday evening.

Biden, a long-time Amtrak supporter and veteran rider, attended the kickoff of a $32 million renovation and restoration of Wilmington train station in Delaware Monday morning, telling onlookers, "The people who work at the Wilmington train station, the conductors, the ticket collectors - they are a part of my family. And, for our family, this station is home."

"I am so proud to see Recovery Act funds taking care of critical needs here at the station and putting people to work," the vice president told the crowd.

During his long tenure in the US Senate, Biden was a daily train commuter, traveling to and from his home in Delaware to Washington.


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Lucy

    There was nothing wrong with Joe saying he told his own family to stay away from confined places; planes and subways. What's wrong wit that. He didn't tell the rest of the US to stay away.....I would rather an honest politician with a big mouth than anything else. Forget decorum.

    May 4, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Abe

    So, he loves his family more than he loves his self! Thats a true family person!!

    May 4, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. jaye

    Leave Joe Biden alone!!!
    Go pick on the idiot republicans.

    May 4, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    Hmmm, Why are YOU here Mississippi Mike? To make Democrats look good?

    If some of you out there actually LISTENED to what Joe said, maybe you would understand. LOL... Who am I kidding? You never listen to anything but Rush and Faux news!

    May 4, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Kendall

    Well I'm sure it was sanitized and i bet he has a private cabin that he uses, he's the VP of the U.S. i bet Secret Service doesn't let him in cramp crowded places

    May 4, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    @ Mississippi Mike, who said "Biden is a moron. He is only there to make Obama look competent."

    So does that mean Cheney was only there to make Bush look non-evil?

    May 4, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Veronica

    I see nothing wrong with what Mr Biden said.It was just a warning,nothing else.He is such a nice guy and so down to earth.

    GO VP BIDEN!!

    May 4, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Biden's brain is a confined space. Hoever his head and mouth are quite large.

    May 4, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Susan

    I'll say it: the media is making a mountain out of a molehill! He was asked what advice he would give his family, he answered, he was correct, give it a rest!

    May 4, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. John

    What an idiot!

    May 4, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Fitz in Texas

    So, I wonder if Mr. Biden was given a choice.....ride the train or keep your job.

    May 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Confused in Neb.

    I think Joe caught a something... Swine Flu..No... Bird Flu.. No
    what he has is Foot In Mouth disease and for that there is no cure.

    May 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Jeff, TX

    Pretty ironic. Did they have to strap him down?

    May 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Scott the Independent

    I agreed with our VP's position – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure Grandma use to say. But, it unfair to say our VP rides the train as if there could have been anyone else in the car other than the secrete service.

    May 4, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Matt

    Biden makes Dan Quale look like a rocket scientist. Talk about being put in the corner with a dunce cap on. I guess Biden got finished writing " I will not speak unless spoken to" 1000 times and now must ride public transportation and hope he does not get the swine flu.

    May 4, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. joel

    Who cares. Anyone who criticizes this needs to get a life, maybe find a hobby.

    May 4, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Simp

    Personally i did not see anything wrong with what VP Biden said. He was talking about HIS family, can't you media people stop trying to make something out of nothing?

    May 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. joe smith

    was wondering, is that train powered by diesel engines, or electric third rail? because, has anyone noticed, or is it just me; the price of a barrel of oil has climbed from $33.00/barrel in January, to $53.00 now; didn't we elect a democratic administration, who said oil interests were a real threat, excuse me..by the way, this is not trudy lundburg reporting..

    May 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Robin D.

    Hmm 32 million for the renovation of a train station, Is is gold plated? Wonder where Amtrak got the $$ for that........hmm could it be from the taxpayers?

    May 4, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Susie

    I like Joe Biden!- His comments didn't mean anything bad!! There is no comparion to the former VP-(Cheney) to who we have now!! We are much better hands with Obama/Biden!!

    May 4, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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