Biden's college tuition quip
May 13th, 2013
01:42 PM ET
11 months ago

Biden's college tuition quip

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden knows something about the expense of a college education, and, as he pointed out in Monday's University of Pennsylvania commencement address, he knows something about honorary degrees, too.

"As I was saying to my co-honorees today, this is a much cheaper way to get a degree, isn't it?" he asked to laughter.

Biden noted the years his three children had spent at several universities, and that his granddaughter had just completed her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania.

And he called for the class of 2013 to "show us what you can do because you will be able to do more and live through a period of change more rapid and exciting than any generation in the history of the world."

"My generation heard the same voices of doom and despair that your generation hears today," he said. "American decline. America's lost its way. Whither America. But those voices do not and did not understand that in both instances, yours and mine, we graduated into a world that had changed."

As to the traditional responsibility of a commencement speaker - offering advice to the graduates - Biden said he was too wise to attempt offering advice.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    VP Biden is next up on the GOTP's Benghazi Wheel of Blame Game.

    May 13, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Grumpy2012

    Biden's advice from experience: Keep your mouth shut before you put your foot in it.

    May 13, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Nothing says "mid-afternoon on a slow news day" like CNN throwing up a Biden article as Teatroll bait, deliberately trying to make some harmless and hokey joke he made sound like a "gaffe".

    May 13, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    Nothing says "mid-afternoon on a slow news day" like CNN throwing up a Biden article as Teatroll bait, deliberately trying to make some harmless and hokey joke he made sound like a "gaffe".
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    All I know is this. Ever since Pres. Obama played a round of golf with Tiger Woods, Tiger's been on a tear.

    May 13, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "All I know is this. Ever since Pres. Obama played a round of golf with Tiger Woods, Tiger's been on a tear."
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    Yup. That's about all you know. Admission is the first step towards recovery.

    May 13, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "Yup. That's about all you know. Admission is the first step towards recovery. "
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    LOL.

    May 13, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |