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Reminder: When Joe Biden says 'literally' he doesn't necessarily mean literally literally

By Doug Powers  •  January 19, 2013 12:03 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The normal rule applies. When Joe Biden says “literally,” get out your BS detector and watch the needle start to flicker — literally.

From the Washington Times:

Mr. Biden told a meeting of mayors in Washington Thursday that he was about a quarter-mile away from an Amish schoolhouse on Oct. 2, 2006, when a gunman shot and killed five students and wounded five others.

“I happened to be literally — probably, it turned out, to be a quarter of a mile [away] at an outing when I heard gunshots in the woods,” Mr. Biden recounted. “We didn’t know … we thought they were hunters.”

But a search of maps of the area in Lancaster County, Pa., shows the nearest golf course to the site of the shooting, Moccasin Run Golf Club, is about five miles away. Rodney King, the golf pro at Moccasin Run, said Friday he was working at the course on the day of the shooting and never saw Mr. Biden, who was then a U.S. senator.

“There’s a lot of things here that I find hard to believe,” Mr. King said. “I looked in my database, and he [Mr. Biden] is not in my database.”
Even if Mr. Biden had played at the course that day, Mr. King said, “It’s very far-fetched that he would have heard it.”

Another golf course in the region, the Lancaster Country Club, is about 10 miles away from the site of the shooting. Mr. King said it’s more likely that a group of golfers including a senator would play there.

You’d also think that Biden’s golfing party might have been a little less dismissive about the notion of “hunters” if they heard gunshots within a quarter-mile of a US Senator on the 8th fairway of a public course.

Related item: View the gun report Biden submitted to the president here.

**Written by Doug Powers

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