Biden calls two wrong numbers, leaves voicemail for stranger trying to congratulate new Boston mayor
posted at 10:01 pm on November 7, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham
Everyone knows about the customary congratulatory drunk dial.
Just after the Boston election results arrived Tuesday night, Martin Walsh’s cellphone rang. It was the vice president of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, offering his congratulations.
“You son of a gun, Marty!” he thundered. “You did it!”
The only problem was, it was the wrong Marty Walsh.
Biden had called the Marty Walsh who is a former aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, now head of a government relations firm…
The less-famous Marty Walsh said he thanked Biden for his kind words, but told him that he had reached the wrong Marty. He offered to help the vice president track down the right one.
He also got a call from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the lucky guy.
Then, Biden called Toni. Because why not?
Now, a HuffPost reader named Toni has come forward to say that she too got a call from Biden Tuesday night, congratulating her on becoming mayor.
The call came in a little past 10:00 p.m. She let it go to voicemail, thinking it was odd that an unknown caller from Washington, D.C., was calling at that hour. Shortly thereafter, she listened to the message:
Mr. Mayor, congratulations. Marty, this is Joe Biden. Nice to see you win and nice to see Labor win. Anything I can do to help you from the White House in terms of your needs in Boston, holler man. Congratulations. Enjoy the night.
The whole thing was bizarre, Toni admitted. HuffPost withheld her surname at her request, but it isn’t even close to Walsh. And she doesn’t live in Boston anymore.
The audio of the call is here. Hell, even I’d save that message.
Is this real life?