Biden spins up Corn Pop-like tale about ‘Big Mama’

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In addition to being a human gaffe machine, President Joe Biden is also a master of tall tales and on Monday, he spun a yarn about a female trucker whose handle was “Big Mama” during a speech announcing his plans to beef up employment in the trucking industry.

Biden was joined by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as he proudly rolled out the Trucking Action Plan which he touted as being a big step in helping to address the lingering supply chain problems that have left Americans frustrated and struggling to deal with product shortages and rising prices.

The setting was all about trucking as the president was flanked by two 18-wheeler tractor cabs which served as a backdrop as he announced steps that the administration is taking to get more drivers on the roads, particularly women.

As the nation’s intrepid leader regaled the crowd that was assembled on the south lawn of the White House for a big announcement, he told the story of the latest of the colorful characters that he has invoked during his long political career.

According to Biden, ” I remember…I’m going to digress for one second.  I got a commercial license because my dad used to run an automobile agency, and I used to have to go up to the body shop up in Philadelphia from Wilmington, and when they’d order a trailer or a cab, I’d just,  they’d sell the cab, and so, I had to have a license to be able to drive it up and back,” seeming to say that he himself had experience behind the wheel of a big rig.

“And so, during the truckers strike years later, when I was a young senator, I was… there was a guy who ran steel from Deemer Steel out to Ohio, and so, I decided to ride out with him to see what it was like in the strike, he continued, “and I was driving, going through Shiloh, Ohio, and …and we… he was…his handle was Big 10 and I remember every…all the trucks stops were being blockaded at the time during the strike.”

“And he uh, he called, and he said, Big 10 wanting to come in, I forget exactly how he said it and the only woman truck driver I ever knew I met that day,” he added.

“She said, ‘this is Big Mama, no room,” as the crowd dutifully laughed. “Swear to God, true story,” Biden said to more laughter.

He then delivered the punchline, “Swear to God,” he said, “I’ve got a United States senator driving my truck.” She said, ‘I got the damn president in mine, so what?”

“I’ll never forget that. I was a very powerful guy, anyway…” Biden said as the crowd yucked it up, “that was the first woman trucker I met.”

The mockery roared across Twitter faster than a runaway 18-wheeler.

“The chances of this being true are the same as being struck by lightning while being abducted by aliens while being attacked by a bear at the exact same time your winning lottery numbers are drawn,” wrote one user who seemed to be suggesting that Biden is full of malarkey.

“Big Mama…. Corn Pop.., why do all these mythical people Biden talks about sound like they came from an episode of Sanford and Son,” remarked another.

Others joined in on the fun.

The legendary Corn Pop became a part of Biden family lore during the primaries when the candidate treated a group of children to the tale of how, as a young lifeguard at a Wilmington, DE swimming pool, he faced down a really bad dude.

According to a White House press release: “Today, the Departments of Transportation and Labor are launching an effort to support and expand access to quality driving jobs now and in the years ahead. The Departments are accelerating the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs for drivers that put more skilled, safe drivers on the road; taking immediate steps to address the pandemic-driven delays in getting a commercial driver’s license; curbing the proliferation of low-quality training that increases the supply of less qualified drivers who end up in debt or being exploited; and expanding more seamless paths for veterans and underrepresented communities, such as women, to access good driving jobs.”


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