President tells Indian prime minister about the Bidens of India

President tells Indian prime minister about the Bidens of India
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President Joe Biden told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he received a letter from a man named “Biden” living in India when first elected to the Senate in 1972.

"I said I'm not sure, but when I was elected as a 29-year-old kid in 1972, before I was sworn in, I got a letter from a person named Biden, last name, from Mumbai,” Biden said. “I was never able to follow up.”

"I have never been able to track it down, so the whole purpose of this meeting is to help me figure it out," Biden said.

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The president said the press told him at the time that there were five Bidens living in India. He then proceeded to regale Modi with jokes and anecdotes.

"There was a Capt. George Biden in the East India tea company. That is hard for an Irish person to admit,” he added. “I shouldn't be so casual. I hope you are able to understand the humor. The end result was that he apparently stayed and married an Indian woman."

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Biden’s whimsical references to the Indian American community have raised eyebrows in the past. Boasting of his “great relationship” with Americans of Indian origin as senator from Delaware on the eve of his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, Biden said, “In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking.”

"The point Sen. Biden was making is that there has been a vibrant Indian American community in Delaware for decades. It has primarily been made up of engineers, scientists, and physicians, but more recently, middle-class families are moving into Delaware and purchasing family-run small businesses,” a Biden spokeswoman clarified afterward.

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Original Author: W. James Antle III

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