September 1, 2008

Biden: 'I Didn't Inhaler'

509px-AsthmaInhaler.jpgBiden received 5 deferments before being declared medically ineligible for Vietnam

"According to the documents, Biden, 65, received several deferments while he was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware and later as a law student at Syracuse University. A month after undergoing a physical exam in April 1968, Biden received a Selective Service classification of 1-Y, meaning he was available for service only in the event of national emergency.

"As a result of a physical exam on April 5, 1968, Joe Biden was classified 1-Y and disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager," said David Wade, a campaign spokesman.

"In "Promises to Keep," a memoir that was published last year and became an instant best-seller after he was tapped as Obama's running mate, Biden never mentions his asthma, recounting an active childhood, work as a lifeguard and football exploits in high school."

Speaking as someone who remembers well the endless University discussions -- in private and in large meetings -- about how best to get a 1-Y deferment if you couldn't get a 4-F, I can only say that I applaud Biden for being awarded, at such a young age, the Asthma Get-Out-of-Vietnam-Free card. By 1968 that was a particularly hard sell. It had simply been used too much. I got my 1-Y at about the same time, but asthma was not an option for me. I had to go all the way to an Air Force Base outside of London to make it happen.

Posted by Vanderleun at September 1, 2008 11:14 AM
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Give him a break. It's no mean feat to have serious asthma and still be such a full-throated blowhard.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at September 1, 2008 11:44 AM

Actually, I would have thought he would have gotten washed out on account of brain death.

Posted by: Rich Fader at September 1, 2008 8:28 PM

I got my 1-y on account of poor eyesight. Ironic, because my Dad got into the Army in WWII by memorizing the eye chart while standing in line waiting his turn. I didn't have an eye-chart, but one of those thingymascopes they use (or used) a the DMV. No chance to memorize.

I thought the only affliction Biden suffered from was Doll-Hair implants.

Posted by: Roderick Reilly at September 2, 2008 2:48 PM