In Joe Biden’s 2009 farewell address to the Senate, he claimed to have broken into the chamber and sat in the vice president’s chair as a 21-year-old. Biden told legislators that the first time he stood on the Senate floor was when he visited with friends in the early 1960s.
“I remember vividly the first time I walked in this chamber. I walked through those doors, but I walked through those doors as a 21-year-old tourist,” he said. Biden allegedly made the trip to the Capitol in 1963 because he had “always been fascinated with it.”
“In those days, you could literally drive right up to the front steps,” Biden explained. “…I drove up to the steps and there had been a rare Saturday session. It had just ended. So I walked up the steps, found myself in front of what we call the elevators, and I walked to the right to the Reception Room.”
When he walked in, Biden claimed there was no one there to stop him, so he continued to explore on his own.
“There was no one there. The glass doors, those French doors that lead behind the chamber, were open. There were
no signs then. I just walked,” Biden recalled. “…I sat in the presiding officer’s chair. I was mesmerized.”
Biden said he was eventually caught by a Capitol Police officer but did not suffer any consequences.
“After a few moments, he realized I was just a dumbstruck kid. He didn’t arrest me or anything,” Biden said. “That was the first time I walked onto the Senate floor. It is literally a true story.”
While Biden previously bragged about his ability to navigate the Capitol without repercussions, his administration has taken great lengths to condemn former President Donald Trump and his supporters for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“What we’re seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder, it’s chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end, now,” Biden said. “I call on this mob to pull back now and allow the work of democracy to go forward.”
Biden also showed support for keeping the National Guard at and around the Capitol for an extended period of time despite the low risk of threat and repeated lies about the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. Recent reports suggest the White House is mulling over whether to hire private companies to monitor and surveil “extremist chatter” by Americans to prevent further “insurrections.”