President Joe Biden reminisced about his time spent serving on the New Castle County Council during an address at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference on Tuesday.
Biden told the crowd gathered at the Washington Hilton that, ‘I know from personal experience how hard the job you have is.’
He recalled how he represented a middle class to working class district, with ‘one very wealthy neighborhood’ within its confines.
‘And I got a call one night, a woman said to me – obviously not of the same persuasion as I was politically – call me and say, “there’s a dead dog on my lawn,”‘ the president said.
‘And I said, “yes ma’am, did you call the county?” And she said, “yes, they’re not here.” And I said, “well, I’ll get ’em in the morning,”‘ he recalled.
The woman wouldn’t accept that answer.
‘She said, “I want it removed now, I pay your salary,”‘ the president said.
‘So I went over. I picked it up. She said I want it out of my front yard,’ Biden said. ‘I put it on her doorstep,’ he added, to laughs.
The president admitted, ‘I’ve gotten much better since then.’
Biden was in his late 20s when he served on the county council for Delaware’s most populous county, New Castle County, in 1970.
Two years later he won the U.S. Senate race at age 29.
‘I used to give out my phone number, can’t do that anymore,’ he also told the crowd. ‘They don’t even allow me to have a phone anymore.’
Biden then delivered much of the same message as he has in recent days.
‘I’m going to work like the devil to bring gas prices down,’ he vowed.
‘We’re going to keep working to strengthen the supply chain and bring the cost of every good down, particularly food and automobiles,’ he continued.
But Biden again pushed that Build Back Better – the social spending package essentially killed in the Senate due to moderate Sen. Joe Manchin saying he’d vote no – as a way for Americans’ expenses to be lowered.
‘Look, families are getting clobbered by the cost of everyday things,’ he said. ‘I know that gas and food prices are up, we’re working to bring them down.’
Biden pointed to his own family who he said felt it when gas prices ticked up.
‘I understand,’ the president said.
‘These are necessities. But they’re not the totality of what family needs,’ he argued.
‘So while we work on supply chains and we work on bringing down the cost of the things we’re talking about that have gone up so high. We still have other ways we can reduce the burden on working class families,’ the president said, pointing to items like childcare that were included in Build Back Better.