Swearing-in day: Joe Biden’s greatest hits

January 4, 2013

Vice President Biden has been in elected office in Washington for four decades.

And he's still having more fun than just about anybody in the nation's capital.

Here's a mashup of Biden being Biden at Thursday's swearing-in ceremonies in the Senate (courtesy of the good folks at TPM).

The ceremonies ran for nearly an hour and a half, and Biden seemed to love every minute of it.

Slate's Dave Weigel recaps some of the best one-liners:

On Delaware's Tom Carper: "I don't know this next crowd!"

To the female offspring of Orrin Hatch: "You know what I tell my grand-kids? Take care of your grandfather. That's your most important job. No serious guys til you're 30."

To Claire McCaskill, on her daughters: "You gonna build a fence around the house? A lotta machine guns?"

To Joe Donnelly: "If I were a bettin' man, I woulda made a lot of money on this guy."

To Heidi Heitkamp, after being told that everyone needed to put his/her hands at his/her sides: "Spread your legs!"

To one of Tim Scott's very large brothers: "Call me if you need help on your pecs."

Our favorite part: The amount of time Biden spends talking with/to each lawmaker's mother.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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