The debunked Amtrak story that Joe Biden told in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday was the fifth time in the last year - and fourth since entering the White House - that the president repeated the tale.
Biden made similar remarks on these occasions.
October 12, 2020
Then-candidate Joe Biden spoke to a small group at Cincinnati's Museum Center at Union Terminal on October 12, 2020
During an appearance on the campaign trail in Cincinnati, Ohio, then-candidate Joe Biden repeated the story about his friend, Amtrak conductor Angelo Negri.
'And so I started commuting every day back and forth, and that's how I got involved as sort of Mr. Amtrak,' Biden said.
'Because when they publish that, they keep fastidious records on how many miles you travel on government aircraft when your vice president.
'And I had traveled a little over, I think it was a 1,400,000 miles.
'It was on the front page of the paper, but I used to like to take the train home on Fridays still as Vice President because it costs a lot of money to take that small plane back.
'But in addition to that, the Secret Service felt much more secure if I wasn't on a train, but they humored me and let me go home on Fridays sometimes.
'My mom was living at my home as she was passing.
'And I remember getting on the train and a guy named Angelo Negri, I got to know their families, all the conductors and all the people all those years.
'And he came up to me and he grabbed me and he said, "Joey." He grabbed my cheek.
'I thought the Secret Service was going to shoot him. I said, "No." I said, "He's okay."
'It’s a true story.
'And he said, "I just read, Joey, 1,400,000 miles on Air Force Two, big deal. The boys, we were checking. We had our retirement dinner. Went up to New Jersey for the dinner. You know how many miles you traveled on Amtrak?"
'I said, "No, Ang, I don't."
'He said, "Joey," he said, "we figure 117 days a year, 36 years, and then X number of days as Vice President, you've traveled 2,100,000 miles on Amtrak."
'I think I hold the record, other than a conductor.'
April 30, 2021
Delivering an April 30 speech in Philadelphia commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, Biden launched into the tale of reaching 1.5 million miles on the service
Delivering a speech in Philadelphia commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, Biden launched into the tale of a certain conductor congratulating him on reaching the milestone as he traveled to visit his sick mother.
Biden said the incident occurred in his 'fourth or fifth year as vice president', or around 2014-2015, at which time the conductor he named had been retired for 20 years and had passed away, inconsistencies first pointed out by Fox News.
Biden, who served in the Senate for 36 years, famously commuted by Amtrak to Congress from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, racking up many miles on the train service.
'When I became vice president, one of the Capitol Hill newspapers estimated that I had taken more than 7,000 round trips on Amtrak over my career,' he explained in his speech on Friday.
'I think that's an exaggeration. I'm going to rely on those two conductors … one of them was a guy named Angelo Negri,' he continued, launching into the anecdote.
'There was an article, I guess my fourth or fifth year as vice president, saying Biden travels 1,300,000 miles on Air Force One [Two]. I used to – the Secret Service didn't like it – but I used to like to take the train home,' he continued.
'My mom was sick and I used to try to come home almost every weekend as vice president to see her. I got on the train and Angelo Negri came up and he goes, 'Joey, baby,' and he grabbed my cheek like he always did. I thought he was going to get shot. I'm serious. I said, 'No, no, he's a friend,' Biden recalled.
'He said, "Joey, what's the big deal? 1,300,000 miles on Air Force Two? Do you know how many miles you traveled on Amtrak?"
'I said, "No, Angie, I don't