Oh, That Joe! (No. 28 in a Series) — Bonding With Buckeye Staters, Biden Recounts Being Detained By a Cop as a College Kid

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 15, 2008 11:55am

At the Athens County Fairgrounds in Athens, Ohio, this morning, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., offered this tale for the ages.

"It’s good to be back in Athens," said the Veep nominee to the crowd of roughly 2,000. "Now you say, ‘Back in Athens, Biden, when were you here?’ Well, I went to the University of Delaware and we came out here to play Ohio University. Now, that was 228 years ago and we did just fine, but the thing I loved about the university was that it was such a beautiful town and we all hung around out afterwards.

"Now, I made a little mistake here that day," admitted the loquacious Blue Hen. "I made a little mistake. I wandered in, I met this lovely group of Ohio University students and uh, without knowing it, I shouldn’t admit this on national television because it’ll reveal that I’m over 60, but I thought that we were gonna go get something to eat. What’s that street you have down there, all you guys?"

Court Street, yelled the crowd, referring to the lane where all the bars are.

"See, I … and so, I just said to young, two young women I had met, said, ‘Well, why don’t you, we’ll be right back.’

"I said, ‘Well, I’ll come with you.’

"And they said, ‘OK.’

"And I walked into their dormitory and was immediately accosted by a cop who arrested me because, back in those days, men were not allowed in women’s dormitories.

"But I promise you, I never breached the first floor and it was only a temporary detention.

"But that’s what I most remember about Athens," Biden said, laughing.

"So, folks, look, it’s good to be back here."

– Jake Tapper and Matthew Jaffe

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