Campaigning in Virginia coal country, Joe Biden actually described himself as “a coal miner” from the Northeastern Pennsylvania anthracite region.
In his first visit to Southwest Virginia, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, speaking at the United Mine Workersâ€™ annual fish fry here on Saturday, was quick to tout his ties to coal.
â€œI hope you wonâ€™t hold it against me, but I am a hard-coal miner, anthracite coal, Scranton, Pa.,â€ Biden said. â€œItâ€™s nice to be back in coal country. â€¦ Itâ€™s a different accent [in Southwest Virginia] â€¦ but itâ€™s the same deal. We were taught that our faith and our family was the only really important thing, and our faith and our family informed everything we did.â€
Biden, a U.S. senator from Delaware, told the story of his great-grandfather, a mining engineer who was elected to the state Senate in 1904 and was rumored to be a Molly Maguire, a member of a secret organization tied to union activism and crime in the Pennsylvania coalfields in the 19th century.
â€œHe went out of his way to prove that he wasnâ€™t, and we were all praying that he was,â€ he said.
The mines closed when Joe Biden and I were kids. Biden obviously was never a coal miner personally. Still, those of us from miner’s families do identify with a certain kind of culture and tradition, and consider ourselves connected to our father’s and grandfathers’ lives of hardship, danger, and hard labor.
Joe Biden moved from Scranton to the Delaware suburbs at the age of ten. Biden campaigns on his purported coal mining, Roman Catholic roots, but his politics have always been upper middle class suburban liberal.
I haven’t read Biden’s autobiography, but Ann Coulter has, and she reports that Biden tells a very different story there.
According to Vice Plagiarist Biden’s own autobiography, his father was to the manor born. Biden’s grandfather was an executive with the American Oil Co., and his father had all the advantages in life. “My dad,” Biden writes in “Promises to Keep,” “grew up well polished by gentlemanly pursuits. He would ride to the hounds, drive fast, fly airplanes. He knew good clothes, fine horses, the newest dance steps.”