Senile ol’ Joe Biden does it again, this time claiming he was a professor at University Of Pennsylvania after he left the Senate. Apparently he forgot that he was Vice President after leaving the Senate. For 8 years.
This was apparently part of some online streaming town hall on NBC to discuss the coronavirus. Here’s the video in full, though it doesn’t actually start until around the 55:10 mark, then, with no intro, it awkwardly hard cuts into Joe already talking.
It turns out he received an honorary professorship, but never taught a class, and students were confused as to why he was around campus. And this was in 2017, long after he’d left the Senate and after his time as VP. For his troubles, the university paid him $900,000. What for is unclear, and many people questioned the move. The Philadelphia Inquirer inquired as to why Biden was on the pay roll:
The former vice president collected $371,159 in 2017 plus $540,484 in 2018 and early 2019 for a vaguely defined role that involved no regular classes and around a dozen public appearances on campus, mostly in big, ticketed events.
Penn’s payments to Biden raised eyebrows and questions among some in the community when they were revealed this week as part of the financial disclosures for his presidential campaign. The average salary for a Penn professor was $217,411 in the 2017-18 academic year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Biden’s official title was the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor — the first person to hold that job — and he also lent his name to the school’s effort to expand its footprint on international affairs.
At the same time, Biden kept up a schedule of paid speeches to other audiences, including $190,000 at Drew University in Madison, N.J., on March 28 and $180,000 at Vanderbilt University on April 10, the day before he returned for a talk on opioids at Penn.