Vice President Biden today suggested genealogists take a look and see if a man from India who wrote him forty years ago to claim a family relationship is in fact a long-lost relative.
Biden made the remarks lightheartedly, but he has remembered the letter for four decades and appears interested in whether he has family in Mumbai.
From the White House transcript:
It’s an honor to be back in India and to be here in Mumbai. Off script for a second here, I was reminded — I was elected to the United States Senate when I was a 29-year-old kid back in 1972, and 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 that we were related. (Laughter.) Seriously. 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.
And so I was thinking about it, if that’s true, I might run here in India for office. (Laughter.) I might be qualified. But I’ve never followed up on it. But now that I’m back for the multiple times, I’m going to follow up to find out whether there is a Biden and whether we’re related. I hope he’s in good standing if we are. (Laughter.)
Biden is traveling with his wife Jill in India this week to build U.S. ties with the country – and perhaps raise his own stature ahead of the 2016 presidential election campaign.