Biden's Decades Old Plagiarism Chapter Closes With Inauguration
Joe Biden's embarrassing little plagiarism incident 20 years ago, a gaffe that cost him the 1988 presidential race, will get some long overdue closure on inauguration day.
Scheduled to be sitting in the audience to watch Biden take the oath of office to assume the vice presidency will be none other than former British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock, whose borrowed speeches became the bane of Biden's existence during the '88 campaign.
A source close to Biden tells us the vice president-elect invited Kinnock because they "have known each other a long time. They're old friends. And [Biden] would be delighted if Mr. Kinnock is able to attend the inauguration."
According to British press accounts, Kinnock was due to arrive in Washington sometime Monday for the inauguration.
Kinnock is now chair of the British Council, a semi-independent government agency that does global cultural diplomacy and educational advocacy.
Mary Ann Akers
January 19, 2009; 5:40 PM ET
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