Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) (L) participates in a reenacted swearing-in with her husband Darwin Lange (C) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden swore in the newly-elected and re-elected senators earlier in the day on the floor of the current Senate chamber. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Over the years, Vice President Biden has shown he has an interesting way with words.
President Obama signed his signature Affordable Care Act into law, the
microphones caught an exuberant Biden tossing an expletive to describe
the magnitude of the moment. In remarks honoring Ireland's Prime
Minister Brian Cowen, he said the premier's mother had passed away,
when she was very much alive. And during this campaign season, Biden
raised Republican ire when he told a largely African-American audience
in Virginia that Mitt Romney and the Republican party are going "to put
y'all back in chains."
Earlier today, Biden delivered another
cringe-worthy moment as he posed for photos with newly sworn-in senators
and their families.
When a photographer told the husband of Sen.
Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to drop his hands to his sides, Biden chimed in,
"Spread your legs: You're going to be frisked." The vice president then
explained, "You say that to somebody in North Dakota, they think it's a
"They think you're in trouble, right?" he asked Heitkamp's husband, Darwin Lange.
Lange shrugged at the awkward moment, while Heitkamp laughed through the short photo session
"I'm a little too formal, I know," Biden added.
the photo shoot with lawmakers, Biden-a veteran of the upper
chamber-was jovial with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, and he
took extra moments to chat up the mothers and children of the
He joked with a fit relative of Sen. Tim
Scott, R-S.C., that he could help him work on his "pecks." With the
family of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, he was quick with a joke when the
senator's toddler fussed as the vice president held her.
"It's a Democrat, I know," Biden cooed.