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. Chi Town

    I like Joe... he makes me laugh... and proves you don't have to be smart to make it in life... just lucky... kinda like F Gump.

    May 4, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Melissa

    It wasn't a "warning", it was "advice". Please don't twist peoples words so they're more sensationalist than they actually are.

    May 4, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    Biden is a moron. He is only there to make Obama look competent.

    May 4, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. cindy

    You go Joe! Leave the man alone. When I am reminded of our last VP, Darth Cheney, I cringe. Joe is a breath of fresh air. The gaffe's mean he's human!!

    May 4, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Thank you Joe for putting the civil unrest to rest. Geesh! I understood your comments perfectly Mr. Vice President. I don't know what made everyone go into an uproar.

    May 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    But did he wear one of those masks?????? They are so cool and hip.....

    May 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Tim

    Also, did any journalist have the courage to ask him about his about-face?

    May 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    So? I'd avoid the train if I could too, but I can't, so that's that. Same with him. Non-story.

    May 4, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. carolinacajun

    Interesting. When this story was on FoxNews.com they were accused of making a mountain out of a molehill on their message boards. I wonder if there will be any similar comments here.

    May 4, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. The black spider

    That is why I hate politicians. There are all bunch of self ego oriented people. They say something in public and do something else in private.

    May 4, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Chipster

    So what? Biden's advice was appropriate – use caution, don't travel unless you have to and avoid confined spaces if possible. Well, that doesn't sound like bad advice under the circumstances. Biden did not advocate shutting down airports, train terminals, bus lines, or highways!

    The media really goes overboard trying to create a sensational story where there isn't one. Biden's advice was common sense but, guess what, he still needed to get home. That is in keeping with his advice – caution – not panic! End of story.

    May 4, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Looking out

    I dont think he wanted to say dont run the train, buses and planes
    he just wanted everyone to be cautions.

    May 4, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. frodo

    whew! I was getting worried for a minute that Biden might start taking a gas-guzzling motorcade to work. I'm glad he's still open to riding in confined spaces.

    May 4, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. elana

    The Media LOVES to play "gotcha", and never know when to quit riding a "dead horse"! Biden's coments are now history! Let us ALL move on!!

    May 4, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. FL

    He was probably told he had to do this to counter his words from last week.

    May 4, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. williefloyd

    Just shows he always puts others before himself. Terrific human as well as a terrific V.P.

    May 4, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. AndyL

    Bet you Obama is secretly hoping Biden will catch something and be bed ridden and quiet for a while

    May 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    I don't see a problem with what Biden said. The truth is corporate money has made us sick physically and financially and NOBODY wants the public to know their dirty little secrets.

    Finally, we have a White House and a President that cares for the people and not just a puppet for the money.

    THANK YOU President Obama and Vice President Biden!

    May 4, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    He is not worried, he will be at the top of the list to get Tamiflu and the vaccine when it is developed, unlike medical personel, police, fire personnel, military, and utility personel who have to be at work to keep things running and safe in Ameirca.

    May 4, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Dave

    Wow. Just wow. The guy is a piece of work.

    May 4, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. California Gold

    Biden is more than a gaffe machine: he is cringeworthy.

    May 4, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Allen

    Can anyone say MORON?

    May 4, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Steve, Columbia SC

    Instead of making Biden in a corner, the president makes him ride a train? You gotta love these guys and their on the job training.

    May 4, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Shirley In California

    When oh when will he stop and think BEFORE he speaks?

    Memo to Mr. Biden: You are the vice president now. People listen to everything you say whether they agree with it or not. Please be careful of what you say and how you say it.

    Thank you.

    May 4, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. steve b

    Joe Biden = Dan Quayle

    May 4, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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