FLASHBACK: Biden claimed he was arrested at the Capitol at the age of 21

President Joe Biden said in a 2007 appearance on The David Letterman Show that he was arrested at the U.S. Capitol when he was 21 years old.

Letterman asked Biden what it was like to walk into the U.S. Senate chamber after being elected at the age of 29.

Biden, who was a Democratic senator of Delaware at the time, told Letterman he was actually 21 the first time he walked into the chamber.

“You know I walked in when I was 21 and I got arrested,” Biden told Letterman.

“I came upon a Saturday morning because I was fascinated with the Senate. It was a Saturday session,” Biden recounted.

“In those days, no guards stopping you everywhere. And they just got out of session. I walked in the back, all of a sudden I found myself in the chamber. I was stunned. I walked up, sat down in the presiding officer’s seat, the guy grabbed by the shoulder, said: ‘you’re under arrest,’” Biden said as the crowd laughs.



Fox News reported that it was unclear whether Biden’s arrest actually occurred. However, the report noted that Biden had been caught bragging about other arrests in the past that turned out not to be true, including in South Africa, when Biden claimed he was arrested while visiting Nelson Mandela.

Biden later backtracked saying that by “arrested,” he meant he was “not able to move.”

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