Biden: “Spread your legs, you’re going to be frisked”

posted at 6:01 pm on January 3, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Lest we let the fact that we’re looking at another long four years of an Obama presidency depress us too deeply, at least we can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that, since the president ultimately decided to stick with his running mate, we’re in for another four years of classic Joe Biden gaffes. …No? Not comforting?

And then:

As senators brought their families up to take photos with the vice president, Biden would always single out the mothers, directly calling them “Mom,” embracing them as he said hello and touching some of their faces. …

“Mom, I’ll see you in a little bit,” Biden said to the mother of Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., as she walked away. “I hope I’ll sneak over and see you.” …

Then came Biden’s odd jokes, like when he teased the husband of newly sworn-in Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

“Spread your legs.  You’re going to be frisked,” Biden said to Heitkamp’s husband as he was being asked to put his hands at his side for the mock swearing-in.

Maybe I’m too squeamish, but did anybody else find that a little blood-curdlingly awkward? Could that really fly as a passable level of verbal discipline for an honest-to-goodness Biden-2016 run?


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