Biden suggests he’s related to Indians

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Vice President Joe Biden met the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, in New Delhi on Tuesday (Courtesy White House).

When Vice President Joe Biden speaks before a crowd he tries to be as relatable as possible, but Wednesday in India he hinted he might be related to them as well.

The veep spoke before the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai and recounted a letter he received when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate back in 1972.

“Off script for a second here…one of the first letters I received and I regret I never followed up on it. Maybe some genealogist in audience can follow up for me, but I received a letter from a gentleman named Biden–Biden, my name–from Mumbai, asserting we were related. Seriously,” Biden began. “Suggesting that our mutual, great, great, great, something or other worked for the East India Trading Company back in the 1700s and came to Mumbai.”

Biden then vowed to finally follow up and find out if he and this Biden were related. “And so I was thinking about it, if that’s true, I might run here in India for office,” he joked.

Additionally, Biden talked cricket, speaking of Delaware’s vibrant Indian-American community and how, every weekend, the Delaware United Cricket Club competes. “And now I have bragging rights. I will be able to go back and tell my friends who belong to that club that I have visited the home of the best cricket team in the world,” Biden said, before engaging in some smack talk.

“And as an Irish American, it pleased my heart to see you beat Britain, England,” he noted. “That’s a joke, by the way, for the press. I don’t want to hear a headline: ‘Biden at Odds with British Empire,’ you know? But it does make me feel good,” he laughed.

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