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He’s certainly no Hillary.

Vice President Joe Biden’s recent speech at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on sexual assault cost the school $30,000, though not because it paid Uncle Joe to flack the White House “It’s On Us” campaign.

The News-Gazette reports that the university had to buy “more than 4,700 linear feet of lumber to build bleachers for the event,” and shelled out for  “500 ‘It’s On Us’ T-shirts and other signs for the event,” while the Secret Service picked up the rest.

Anyone else reminded of a Christian youth conference abstinence pledge?

Because of the event, the UI doubled the number of “It’s On Us” pledges taken by members of the campus community, now at 3,162, Kaler noted.

UI also has a pretty low bar for bang for the buck:

“We saw that many students listened intently as the vice president gave a powerful speech asking them to stand up and protect each other,” [spokeswoman Robin] Kaler wrote in an assessment for Chancellor Phyllis Wise. “(I)f the event changes one heart, it was well worth the time and investment we made.”

Among the more telling numbers from the event, according to the News-Gazette: “6 Student selfies in the VP’s limo.”

No word whether Biden obtained affirmative consent for the embrace in each selfie.

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The NY Post reports:

Friends say Caroline ­Biden is a “hot mess” with a history of booze and pill addiction — and she blames it all on the tremendous pressure she faces being the vice president’s niece…

Cops were called to Caroline’s luxury rental apartment in Tribeca Tuesday morning when the 26-year-old allegedly went on a ­violent rampage, screaming and pounding on the doors in a fight with her roommate over unpaid rent. Caroline was arrested for taking a swing at a ­female cop.

The Georgetown University grad resisted going into a holding cell at a precinct station house and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital in a rolling chair — bizarrely with a towel covering her head…

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Charles C.W. Cooke writes for National Review:

Doctor Biden has joined Twitter as @DrBiden. The account is “run by Dr. Jill Biden’s Office,” and it tells us absorbing things about Dr. Biden — things such as “Yesterday, Dr. Biden hosted an education roundtable” and “Yesterday, Dr. Biden honored the nation’s top teachers.” It retweets praise, too: “Thank you Dr. Biden for your work as an educator and as a voice for all educators in our nation,” reads one tribute. If a tweet is signed “Jill,” the doctoral bio informs us, this indicates that it is a “tweet from Dr. Biden.” “Jill,” if you’re wondering, is Dr. Biden’s nickname. Her formal name is “Dr.”

Wherever she goes and whatever she does, Dr. Biden is always referred to as “Dr. Biden.” “Is Joe Biden married to a physician?” wondered the Los Angeles Times in January. “You might have gotten that impression while watching television coverage of the inauguration.” Yes, you might have indeed.

Dr. Biden isn’t a physician, of course. She has a doctorate – in “educational leadership,” whatever the hell that is. This Ed.D gives her the right to call herself “Dr.” in much the same way as my Master’s degree gives me the right to put MA after my name. Perhaps my Twitter handle should be @MA(Oxon)Charles?

Or . . . perhaps not. It’s not @MA(Oxon)Charles because I’m keenly aware that my non-vocational education really isn’t that important to anybody other than me. (And, perhaps, my mother.) Dr. Biden has made a different judgment about the value of hers, and in doing so she has become another symptom of our Potemkin aristocracy, to which only those who have letters after their name may belong…

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Vice President Joe Biden regularly puts his foot in his mouth, and now a member of his staff has blown it, too.

The Washington Post reports that “the office of Vice President Biden has apologized to a University of Maryland student after a member of Biden’s staff confronted the college reporter and forced him to delete photos of an event.”

(The student reporter) accidentally sat in a section of the audience not meant for the media. He had identified himself as a member of the press upon entry and been directed to that area. Barr took a few pictures of Biden at the podium. After the event, a staffer for Biden confronted him and demanded to watch as he deleted the pictures from his camera.

“I gave her the benefit of the doubt that she was following proper procedures,” Barr told Patch. But Lucy Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland’s journalism school, filed a formal complaint with the vice president’s office.

“It is our policy that all of our open press events are open press even if a reporter is not in the designated press area,” Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff told The Washington Post. “This was an unfortunate mistake by a staffer who does not regularly interact with the press. Once we learned about it, I immediately apologized to the Dean of the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, the reporter involved and to the newspaper. It will never happen again.”

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During the debate last night, while Paul Ryan talked about the ailing economy, persistent unemployment, and the nuclear threat in Iran, Biden could not keep himself composed.

What do you think? Did Biden have a crack up at the debate last night? You be the judge!


Joe Biden’s stance that some university faculty and administrators are overpaid has made him unpopular at university campuses lately. Now, adjunct faculty members are arguing that Jill Biden’s salary as a teacher at Northern Village Community College was much higher than average. From Inside Higher Ed:

Then, this week, a listserv popular with adjunct faculty members lit up with comments after the couple’s 2011 tax returns indicated that Jill Biden made $82,000 teaching at Northern Virginia Community College. The figure came as a shock because Biden has been identified regularly as an adjunct.

“I thought she was an adjunct. I would love to teach there,” said one member on the Adjunct L Listserv, a forum where part-time faculty discuss issues, commiserate and take part in occasional rants. “If her per course salary as a contingent faculty member is the same as mine, that means that she taught 25.4 classes last year,” said another.

Biden’s pay, however, reflects her promotion to associate professor, college officials said, which comes with a heavier teaching load than her old adjunct gig.

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