Actress Aubrey Plaza recently spoke about what she called a "bullshit" youth conference she attended at age 16 that included then-Senator Joe Biden.
Aubrey Plaza says she once had a 'stare-down' with President Joe Biden as a teen and later stole a note from his office when 'Parks and Recreation' was filming at the White House. https://t.co/KCvCPkeSRv
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"A fellow native of Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware, Plaza recalled to The New Yorker how she actually has met Joe Biden several times throughout her life, starting when she attended a 'Joe Biden youth-leadership conference,'" reports Breitbart.
"The whole point of the conference was to allow students to speak out on different issues," Plaza said. "They shuttled us from room to room, and there was a different speaker in each room, and it was all leading up to this climax where we were going to sit in the auditorium, and Joe himself was going to get up on stage and give his speech."
Plaza said she remembers feeling "really angry" about how the conference unfolded because students sat around listening and weren't allowed to share their thoughts.
"I had a stare-down with Joe Biden from the audience, because he asked how it went, and I raised my hand immediately," Plaza recalled. "I was, like, 'It’s bullshit. This conference sucks. You didn’t let us talk. This was supposed to be about the students.'"
"He did not like it," Plaza added. "I remember his face got really red. He used to get really fiery when he would make speeches. It was crazy."
Plaza later reconnected with Biden when filming an episode of Parks and Recreation that featured an appearance from then-Vice President Joe Biden.
"Before the tour, I saw him, and he knew my name," Plaza said. "He always tells me the same story. His first wife went to the same high school that I went to, so he always tells me about how he used to wait outside the convent for her, because it’s an all-girls Catholic school — and it’s a very sweet story, but I’ve heard it a lot. I was, like, 'I know, Joe! She went to Ursuline!'"
Plaza was allowed to tour Biden’s office while at the White House. During the tour, she learned that he actually never remembered her at all.
"I saw a note on his desk that had been written by his assistant on official White House stationery that said, 'Aubrey Plaza' — underlined — 'Wilmington, Delaware. You met her at the Joe Biden youth-leadership conference when she was 16,'" Plaza said. "I was, like, 'I knew it! He doesn’t remember me at all!'"
"I pocketed it, and Mike Schur, the creator of Parks and Rec, was horrified," Plaza added. "He was like, 'You cannot steal from the White House!' And I was like, 'I don’t give a s—! I know what he did! He didn’t know me!'"
Plaza said she didn't keep the paper but wishes she had kept it.
"Can you imagine if I’d kept it? I could’ve framed it or sold it. Now he’s the president — I had no idea," she said. "But, yeah, I stole it right off his desk. And there’s got to be cameras in the White House. But they didn’t do anything to me."
"Whatever Plaza’s experience with the president, the two at least appear to have a positive relationship, considering that he gave her a public shoutout after she had been voted most famous person from Delaware," reports Breitbart.
"I beat Joe — this was before he was the president, but he didn’t get second place. He got, like, sixth place," Plaza said. "It was me, maybe Valerie Bertinelli, and Henry Heimlich, the guy who created the Heimlich maneuver. I’m pretty sure it was us three."
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