January 2nd, 2009
11:46 AM ET
14 years ago

WPVI: Biden cufflinks bought at thrift store

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/02/art.wpvi.jpg caption="A Pennsylvania man purchased a shirt at a thrift store containing what appears to be Vice President-elect Joe Biden's cufflinks."]John Pickens walked into one of his neighborhood thrift shops like he does almost every other week. He was looking for a white collared shirt. He found not one but three. When he got home he found even more: It still had what are apparently cufflinks belonging to Vice President-elect Joseph Biden.

"I looked at the shirt. It say Brooks Brothers," John Pickens told Action News, "I say, 'Oh man. This really looks good too.' I said, 'French cuffs, this really looks good too.'"

The shirts were clean and crisp on the rack, except for one.

Full story from WPVI

Filed under: Joe Biden
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Truth

    This is not news. This is a waste of time and energy. Journalism is dead.

    January 2, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Larry

    Who would want them??? And Why would they ???Even Joe didn't want them !!!

    January 2, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Uh, GET REAL. wrong thread. This one's about Joe Biden's cuff links, not James Carville's prognostications...

    January 2, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. DelJenn

    I live in Delaware. Joe Biden has frequently donated sets of Senate cufflinks to charities that hold silent auction fundraisers. Back in the day, they might go for $50-100. Since being named to the Obama ticket, they now go for more like $500. So yes, these cufflinks originated with Biden, but it's likely they were an auction win or maybe even a gift to a supporter, and that wasn't even his shirt they were attached to. Seriously - if you live in Delaware, you know there are dozens of pairs of Biden cufflinks floating around.

    January 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. happy new year

    good for you.

    January 2, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. steve

    thrift stores rock!

    January 2, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Alpha and Omega

    If Biden does not add credence let this dog (shirt and cuff-links) be allowed to resurrect in prosperity to its new owner.
    Besides, JB, is initials to other more prominent absent minded benevolent.
    Sooooo, what's all this hoop;a about?!!!

    Ridiculous! iF the honorable Joe Biden did allow for someone to be endowed with the means to advance himself, then let it be so.

    January 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Mary from Sarasota FL

    it is quite strange, really, to see how many people write posts over stories like this one.
    I want to know the WHOLE story.. why the shirts (apparently new )

    AND the cufflinks ended up in a thrift store. Maybe he left a hotel room in a hurry and forgot clothing left of hangers. It happens. then the hotel donated them to the thrift store. Sounds logical .
    Bet Joe Biden will pay a nice reward for the retrival of the cufflinks.
    Smile, Folks. its a new year and we all ought to get along.

    January 2, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Sye the Pychic

    I predict Rod Stumpf will wear them as ear rings before the year is over.

    January 2, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. bo

    I tired to submit a comment that this article wasn't newsworthy, that CNN was scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    Your responded that my comment was being "moderated". And it has not been published.

    I guess if a comment is critical of CNN, you "moderate" it out and refuse to publish it. Is that CNN policy?

    January 2, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Mari

    Must be a VERY SLOW news day! With ALL the CRISIS around the world and the BUSH DISASTER at home.......... Come on CNN....... let's discuss something of SUBSTANCE!

    HAPPY, HOPEFUL & BLESSED NEW YEAR TO ALL! (even you, far-right-hate-mongers!)

    HOPE WON................HOPE WON...............HOPE WON.........HOPE WON!!

    January 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. BC in NC

    Why would he want cuff links that reads (Joeseph Biden – U.S. Senator) Everybody should already know he will soon be Joseph Biden – Vice President. He will need new gold cuff links then.

    January 2, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Jennifer NY

    I love Joe Biden too!!!!

    January 2, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Ken in Dallas

    I imagine Joe would be fairly generous if he wanted to buy those cufflinks back.

    Otherwise, slow news day, eh?

    January 2, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. GET REAL.

    Henry Miller, Cary, NC January 2nd, 2009 2:06 pm ET

    Uh, GET REAL. wrong thread. This one's about Joe Biden's cuff links, not James Carville's prognostications…

    I know. Someone told me that CNN just has a weird posting policy and they seem to take them at random. (Wonder if this one'll get through) So I copied and pasted on different posts and forgot the Carville mention. Take that out, and it's good on any post. My most humble apologies. Could've just let it slide, you know. More of that wonderful pessimism this site is so rife with...

    January 2, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Objective thinking

    1) Where does it say he was returning them to Joe Biden?

    2) Proud American – this is the 2nd article that has nothing to do with Republicans, in which you insist on injecting anti-Republican messages. Get a life.

    January 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. BURNS



    January 2, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. MOVE ON !!!!!

    Truth January 2nd, 2009 2:04 pm ET
    This is not news. This is a waste of time and energy. Journalism is dead........Why did you make a comment ****Mr Pickens is a Honest Man

    January 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Laura, Boston

    And this is important because.....?

    January 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Give me a break!

    Are you sure he didn't buy some of Palin's clothes that were supposed to be donated???

    January 2, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    cnn must be hurting.if this is the best news then send ALL YOUR REPORTERS HOME.stupid post get real cnn

    January 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. bill

    what the hell does bidens cuff links have to do with news.cnn you REALLY HIT BOTTOM. GET A LIFE AND REAL NEWS REPORTING.

    January 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. JohnnyBoy

    That would account for the $38 that Joe Biden has contributed to charitable organizations over the last year. Big spender. Big talker. Big shot. Big mouth. Tight fist. I sure hope Obama survives – can you imagine Biden as president?

    January 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. southerncousin

    Thow in some of the hairplugs and I will buy them.

    January 2, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Ken in NC

    it's nice to know there are still some honest people in the world. It's also sad about people being mean to the guy here in the blog about his finding them and about the cost he paid for the shirts. The Thrift store sells items that are donated so that less fortunate can afford to buy at a lower price.

    January 2, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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