While VP Joe Biden posed for photos with families of newly sworn-in senators Thursday, a photographer asked Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's husband to drop his hands. Biden offered a recipe for a photogenic snap: "Spread your legs, You're gonna be frisked."
The VP explained: "'Drop your hands to your sides.' You say to somebody in North Dakota, they think it's a frisk." He asked Senator Heitkamp's husband, Darwin Lange, "They think you're in trouble, right?"
Lange, apparently bemused, could only manage a shrug while his wife Heitkamp laughed for the occasion.
Biden not done, added: "I'm a little too formal, I know."
According to TPM, the VP later made an offer to relatives of Sen.Tim Scott (R-SC): “If you need any help with your pecs, let me know.” And with relatives of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), he joked when the senator's toddler appeared to fuss as the VP held her: "It's a Democrat, I know."
Zap2it.com described his manners with the ladies, young and old wives, moms and daughters as "creepily touchy-feely," noting that he appears to favor moms, though his "come-ons are nondiscriminatory of age and sex"
Biden, in an intimate moment with a brunette in red dress, said: "You are so pretty. God love you, holy mackerel."
MSN News gives an explicitly graphic account of the VP's performance: "[He] worked the room... with that lechy uncle vibe.. schmoozing, glad-handing, flirting and joshing senators, husbands, wives, moms, kids and, especially, comely ladies.... He hugged, he kissed, he slapped backs, he bumped fists."
But these will come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the redoubtable VP's antics. In a memorable comment about the mother of Ireland's Prime Minister Brian Cowen, he said without hesitation that the old lady had passed away, when she was very much alive.
And of course, we'd still recall the VP advising a largely African-American audience in Virginia not to vote the Romney-Ryan ticket because the duo are sure "to put y'all back in chains."