Jan 4, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from Politico: Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said Friday that dad Joe Biden’s public displays of affection while swearing in senators on Thursday are part of what makes him popular among his colleagues.
“Is that the same guy you know behind the cameras?” MSNBC’s Chris Jansing asked him on air.
“Look, I’ve got a great dad. If I’m half as good a dad to my two kids as my dad has been to me and my brother and sister, my kids will be lucky,” the rising Democratic politician said. “I think it’s one of the reasons he’s so successful among Democrats and so successful across the aisle with Republicans over the course of 36-plus years on the national stage.”
On Thursday, the vice president grabbed attention for joking with his colleagues during the ceremony.
“I want you next to me,” he told one senator’s wife. “You got a smile that lights up the chamber. Your smile lights up the room. Come on, sis, get in here.”
Another quip to the husband of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: “Spread your legs, you’re about to be frisked. Drop your hands. You say that to somebody in North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk. You think you’re in trouble if they tell to you drop your hands at your side.”
So with all the schmoozing aside, does his son think dad will make a 2016 run?
“Oh gosh, you know, we’re just — we’ve got to inaugurate the president and my dad as the vice president. As my dad has said publicly, that’s not something that he’s focused on for the next several months and years. He’s focused on being the best vice president that he can be for the United States,” Beau Biden said.
He continued: “Look, would I think my dad would make a great president in 2016 and going forward? Of course. I’ve supported him twice when he ran for the office.”