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Apologies, Joe (Biden)

Sometimes I’m wrong and I know I’m wrong. Other times, it takes an intelligent reader (ha! you thought I’d say my wife. Well, she doesn’t read me, so it takes a reader!) to set me straight.

In this past Sunday’s roundup, I joined the Thousandaire to poke fun at Joe Biden for his low net worth. Often, when pulling titles together for my roundup, I don’t go a level deeper. In this case, that lack of extra research has me feeling pretty bad. As Elle pointed out to me, Joe Biden did not have the luxury of being able to save, but he had his priorities straight. From Elle’s comment:

“Biden’s wife and baby daughter died in 1972, and his two sons had critical injuries, when a truck crashed into the car his wife was driving. Biden was a single dad of two sons for the next 4.5 years. Wiki entry: “To be at home every day for his young sons, Biden began the practice of commuting every day by Amtrak train for 1½ hours each way from his home in the Wilmington suburbs to Washington, D.C., which he continued to do throughout his Senate career… Biden left standing orders that he be interrupted in the Senate at any time if his sons called.” Biden re-married in 1977 and had a daughter with his second wife.

Three kids to put through college and graduate school. A long commute for nearly all his working life. If the guy has a positive net worth; managed to put his children through graduate school; and has no mortgage; then given the pension, he is wealthy.”

So, I’m left to say “Sorry, Joe.” You are a good dad, and no bank balance can take that away from you. As Elle continued “I’ll take a low income VP or senator, who’s scrambling like most of the U.S. to make a living, over a wealthy one (especially those who inherited) any day.” I agree with her sentiment. And I wish you well.

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