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Former Vice President Joe Biden is refusing to explain what he meant when he used the term “roaches” at the renaming of a community pool in 2017.
Biden, who is well known for the occasional nonsensical utterance, was honored by the city of Wilmington, Delaware, shortly after leaving the White House in July 2017.
The event, meant to recognize the former vice president’s contributions to Wilmington, was centered around the renaming of a public pool at which Biden worked in his youth. Things took a strange turn, however, when the former vice president began to share personal stories from his time as a lifeguard at the pool.
“By the way, you know, I sit on the stand, and it get[s] hot,” Biden said, flanked by children from the local community. “I got a lot, I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun, and the kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and then watch the hair come back up again. They’d look at it.”
Video of Biden telling the crowd about his “wet leg hair” caused a stir when it resurfaced on social media last week. Many, seeing Biden’s comments for the first time, found them inappropriate and “creepy.” Even more people, however, were perplexed by another portion of the former vice president’s speech, one that seemed out of place with everything else said that day.
Was it the kids on his lap playing with his leg hair or Corn Pop In a hairnet who taught @JoeBiden about roaches?
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 1, 2019
Hairy legs, children sitting in his lap and roaches? This stream of thought all makes sense to Joe Biden.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) December 3, 2019
Biden in '17 Described Allowing Kids To Play With His Wet Leg Hair: I’ve Loved Kids Jumping On My Lap’
“So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping on my lap"
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) December 4, 2019
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