Joe Biden will not let summer end until he has made at least one person in every state laugh


Vice President Biden shares a laugh with shipyard worker Stacy Woodley, right, and shipyard commander Bill Greene, center, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, on Sept. 3. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Vice President Biden has been meeting with workers across the country this week, spreading the White House's economic gospel and inevitably adding fuel to the 2016 fire. On Wednesday, he visited New Hampshire and Maine. Before arriving, his staff asked one of his old friends where he should visit. “I think it's good to ask the people who live in the area where to go,” she told the local newspaper. “And besides, I have to get my Biden hug!”

One of the stops they decided on was the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine — best known to tourists for its endless array of outlet stores. Biden's remarks on ISIS — “If they think the American people will be intimidated they don’t know us very well" — received all the press, but the locals he spoke to, like most people who inevitably meet Biden when he's in charisma mode (which is always), will likely remember his jokes for far longer. It is hard to find a photo of Biden talking to people from the past few days that does not involve all parties laughing.

On Labor Day, Biden spoke at a parade in Detroit. They also visited someone's house. The photographers were greeted with a familiar tableau. Biden was hugging someone (Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones), and everyone else was laughing at something, that something being something Biden said. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is laughing so hard he is doing that  dad laugh-clap maneuver.

Apparently, Biden said, "Does the brass quartet come with the house?" And, no, we don't get it either.


From left, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan laughs as Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones gets a hug from Vice President Biden, who joked, "Does the brass quartet come with the house?" during a visit to the home of Bill Barlage in the East English Village section of the city Sept. 1. (Daniel Mears/The Detroit News via AP)

Biden later stopped at a coffee shop with Duggan. This time, he improvised, and close-talked with someone instead of hugging them. It still worked.

A surprised Alissa Rossi reacts after United States Vice President Joe Biden leaned his head against hers during Biden's visit to the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company following his appearance at the Labor Day Parade in Detroit, Michigan on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears, Pool)
A surprised Alissa Rossi reacts after Vice President Biden leaned his head against hers during Biden's visit to the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. after his appearance at the Labor Day Parade in Detroit on Sept. 1. (Daniel Mears/The Detroit News via AP)
Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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