Vice President Biden lived up to his reputation Tuesday as an enthusiastic — and unguarded — messenger for the White House.
After speaking at a memorial in Shanksville, Penn. to the victims of United Airlines Flight 93, Biden stopped by the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department. According to a pool report, he recognized Deputy Chief Brad Shober, 44, who came to the vice president’s residence last year.
Biden invited Shober and the other firefighters to visit Washington again. Pointing to an aide, he said, “He’s going to call you, no bulls***.” Noticing the pool within earshot, he said, “I didn’t know you guys were here.” Turning back to Shober, he rephrased: “This is no malarkey. You come to the White House. I’ll buy you a beer.”
The trip should be set up for after the election, Biden declared, explaining that “win, lose or draw, I’m still going to be vice president in January.” He added, “I give you my word. I’m not just saying it.”
Biden also looked up at the sky and observed, “Isn’t it eerie? The day’s just like it was.”