Vice President Joe Biden swore in newly elected Senate members on Tuesday, Jan. 4 — and he let nothing hold him back from his signature antics.
In full “Uncle Joe” mode, Biden got up close and personal with the families of more than 30 senators during the 115th Senate swearing-in ceremony.
He also had some quips (read: dad jokes) ready at every opportunity.
For Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who brought his mother to the swearing-in ceremony, Biden said, “When I die, I want to be reborn in Charleston.”
For Sen. Chuck Schumer, he had a whole arsenal ready.
“I don’t think he knows how to do anything else,” he said to Schumer’s mother after she boasted about how proud she was of her son.
“Grandma can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants to do it,” he said to Schumer’s daughter — a statement that arguably could be the worst one of the evening.
To Marco Rubio’s children, he said, “Dads are very hard to raise so be patient with him,” then asked Rubio:
“Can I have a picture with just the kids? Forget you!”
However, the vice president himself soon got snubbed by a baby in the best way possible.
Not so fast, VP Biden. Watch this baby swerve away from the vice president as he tries give her a kiss. pic.twitter.com/uuu91rSrHe— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 3, 2017
But he scored one when he gave Sen. Chuck Grassley’s wife a kiss, smack dab on the lips.
He also successfully landed a smooch on Sen. Jerry Moran’s wife.
“I’m supposed to kiss you or something,” says wife of Sen. Jerry Moran. Biden obliges. pic.twitter.com/aAwadKgFwl— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) January 3, 2017
For the younger generation, he had some well-intentioned but old-school advice.
Biden says the girls in Sen. Isaakson’s family are beautiful. “Keep the boys away from your sisters,” he says to boys. pic.twitter.com/0yP3qSD8Id— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) January 3, 2017
Biden tells one of Schumer’s younger female family members “no serious guys until your 30.” She says she remembers from last swearing-in.— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) January 3, 2017
However, that did not stop him from making flirtatious comments about other people’s wives.
"You have very good taste,” Biden says to a younger male family member of Sen. Murkowski, apparently about the man’s wife.— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) January 3, 2017
“You’re not vertical, you’re beautiful,” Biden says to Sen. Shelby’s wife, Annette. pic.twitter.com/RNrt2Q95fS— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) January 3, 2017
Of course, Biden couldn’t walk out of the ceremony without taking a few selfies.
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