Slow Joe 3.0, on Princeton
BIDEN: Fortunately, most women, like my wife and my daughters- in-law, my daughter-in-law, work up to the time, but a lot can’t.
Let me suggest also, as I said to you in the hallway, I want to, kind of, set the record straight on Princeton. One of the reasons why I’m perplexed and many of us are perplexed by your answers regarding CAP, the organization, is that it doesn’t fit with your background. It doesn’t fit with your background.
As we both said in the hallway, I read your opening statement again, where you said that, “A generation earlier I think that somebody from my background probably would not have felt fully comfortable at a college like Princeton.” And I pointed out to you — I’m about 10 years older than you — that’s how I felt. That’s what I was referencing yesterday about my Irish Catholic kid from Claymont.
The thing that surprises — or at least puzzles — me is that it was, I thought, a pretty widely known debate that in the Ivys, the one, sort of, last holdout, fighting to not admit as many women and fighting not to admit as many minorities, was Princeton. And there was a whole battle over it, as you heard referenced in terms of the Wall Street Journal and mailings to alumni.
I noticed someone in the press saying — I want to be able to continue to wear the hat given to me, by pointing out that the reason I can wear this hat proudly today, after being on campus as much as I have at Princeton, is today 28.7 percent of Princeton’s undergraduate population is minority.
BIDEN: And today, the class of ’05, 47 percent — 47 percent — are women. And so, that’s what that battle was all about, a lot of us thought.
You know, I’d be proud of my daughter at Princeton Graduate School, instead of Penn now, although I am very proud she is at Penn. But that’s what this debate was about, Judge, and that’s why it still confuses me.