Awkward anecdote? Biden tells county officials he once put dead dog on woman’s doorstep
Speaking to a conference of county government officials, the president also digressed to share that he is not allowed to have a phone anymore.
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President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he put a "dead dog" on the doorstep of a woman with different political beliefs while he served on a county council.
"And I represented a middle-class district to a working-class district, but there was one very wealthy neighborhood," he told the National Association of Counties conference in an introduction to the dog story.
Biden served on the New Castle County Council in Deleware for two years in the early 1970s.
"I got a call one night; the woman said to me — obviously not of the same persuasion as I was, politically — called me and said, 'There’s a dead dog on my lawn.'" he said, according to the official White House transcript.
"And I said, 'Yes, ma'am.' I said, 'Have you called county?' She said, 'Yes, they’re not here,'" Biden recalled.
"I said, 'Well, I'll get them in the morning.' She said, 'I want it removed now. I pay your salary,'" the president continued.
"So, I went over. I picked it up," Biden told the crowd, pausing for laughter and applause.
"She said, 'I want it out of my front yard.' I put it on her doorstep," he said.
Biden defended himself: "But I’ve gotten much better since then."
The video of the speech was posted on Twitter by RNC Research.
He then voiced his appreciation for what the county officials do and digressed to share that he is not allowed to have a phone anymore.
"So, I know from personal experience how hard the job you have is," he said. "People — people having to phone or — you know, or not afraid to use that phone. I used to give out my phone number; can’t do that anymore. They don’t even allow me to have a phone anymore."
He served on the county council from the ages of 28 to 30 until he won the U.S. Senate seat for Delaware.
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