Friday, March 2, 2012

#29: The Vice President's Arrest in Athens

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden knows that sometimes, Athens Happens. Photo nicked from the Christian Science Monitor.

When Vice President Joe Biden came to Athens on the campaign trail in 2008, he surprised the crowd with a little confession: during his last and only prior visit to Athens, he was arrested.

The vanilla plain creamer compared to Obama’s full blend has no record. During his 2008 speech, he could have chosen to talk about his inspiring story overcoming monetary and physical burdens during his career, or touch on foreign policy and his opposition to the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, or the economic turmoil as it relates to Ohio's crumbling job sector, as Athens is home to 20,000 future professionals.

Instead, he reminisced about that fateful day of his arrest, describing it as “what he remembers most about Athens,” adding “So folks look, it’s good to be back.”

Drunk, or Athens?

Biden’s arrest is a priceless nugget of pride for Athens, but apparently was not directly related to drunken debauchery. In his speech he explained that he came to Athens with the University of Delaware for a game, and at that time, men weren’t legally allowed in women’s residence halls.

A CBS article quoted his explanation:

"'I wandered in, I met this lovely group of Ohio University…students," Biden said winkingly to laughs from the crowd.

"And uh, without knowing it...I just said to two young women I had met, I said well I'll come with you, and they said okay, and I walked into their dormitory and was immediately accosted by a cop who arrested me because back in those days men were not allowed in women's dormitories."

Whether the incident was alcohol-induced is left up to the imagination; but the fact that the Vice President of the U.S. is aware that sometimes, Athens happens, is exemplary of our little town’s nationally-recognized notoriety. 


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