‘No grace’: Biden slammed Obama in email to Hunter about perceived plagiarism

Whether in spite or because of his own reported “insecurities,” then-Vice President Joe Biden had something of an ironic take on then-President Barack Obama sharing a previously expressed sentiment.

“No grace.”

What goes for glass houses appeared applicable to those living in the White House as well, but Biden was all too ready to throw stones at the suggestion of plagiarism by the commander-in-chief at the time.

In one particular email exchange between the vice president and his son Hunter Biden, recovered from the latter’s infamous laptop and reported by Fox News, the junior Biden informed his father about remarks from Obama and sniped, “Wonder where he got that from?”

Dated Sept. 7, 2010, the email had been sent to one of the vice president’s numerous email accounts the day after the president had addressed a gathering at Milwaukee’s annual Laborfest.

“Interesting language from the President,” he wrote before quoting, “‘They (his grandparent) would tell me about seeing their fathers or uncles losing their jobs…how it wasn’t just a loss of a paycheck that stung. It was the blow to their dignity, their sense of self worth.’ Wonder where he got that from? Im [sic] surprised he didn’t finish with the long walk up a short flight of stairs. Pretty amazing.”

In response, Biden replied without further apparent comment, “No grace.”

As detailed by the outlet, in Aug. 2008 while he accepted the nomination for vice president, Biden had said, “That’s how you come to believe, to the very core of your being, that work is more than a paycheck. It’s dignity. It’s respect.”

Additionally, later that year when he had been giving a speech in Missouri, the career politician had told the crowd, “You know, when a job is lost or a house is foreclosed on, it’s not just an economic loss, it’s emotionally devastating for a family. It’s about a parent having to make that long walk up a short flight of stairs, like my dad did when I was 10 years old, and walk into the child’s bedroom and say, honey, I’m sorry — I’m sorry but Daddy lost his job or Mommy lost her job.”

Stretching back to his college days when he attended Syracuse University College of Law, where he neither finished in the top half of his class nor had a “full academic scholarship” as he had claimed on the campaign trail for the 1988 presidential election, Biden had been found guilty of plagiarizing “five pages of a published law review article without quotation or citation,” as explained by the dean.

Exaggerations of his academic record came back to haunt him during that first presidential run when he had also been caught swiping phrases made by a British politician, facts that ultimately led to the termination of his campaign.

With the release of his book, “The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future,” author Franklin Foer spoke to the “insecurities” of the president in relation to that history that contrasted his “public persona.”

“Yeah. I think one of the things that’s so interesting about Joe Biden is that he has these insecurities that govern a lot of ways in which he moves through the world,” Foer told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “One of his primary insecurities is he doesn’t want to be perceived as stupid because he had this plagiarism scandal in the 1980s.”

Neither the White House nor representatives for Obama or Hunter Biden responded to requests for comment from Fox News.


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