Fightin’ Joe Biden’s Internet-bestowed nickname may be wearing off on his family members, most recently the vice president’s niece, Caroline Biden.
Seems Caroline had a bit of trouble with her roommate this morning, with the fight escalating (devolving?) into a situation that required police presence. And then, well, all hell broke loose:
Caroline Biden was allegedly arguing with a roommate in her Tribeca apartment Tuesday morning, and when police responded, she resisted arrest and tried to take a swing at the officer, according to police.
Police will also charge the young lady Biden with harassment and obstructing governmental administration. She is expected to be arraigned today.
Somewhere, meanwhile, Joe Biden is shedding a manly, Delawarian tear of joy. Kids, after all, grow up so fast. [NBC]
Beau Biden, Delaware AG, has a mass in his brain according to doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is being held for observation tonight to determine if it’s cancerous. For more on Biden, who took a detour last week through Jefferson University hospital after first experiencing symptoms, see our piece from yesterday. Biden suffered a mild stroke in 2010; his father, VP Joe Biden suffered a serious aneurysm in 1988. [NBC News]
Last Wednesday, Delaware A.G. Beau Biden, VP fils, was driving with his family to Indiana for a family vacation when he became disoriented and felt that something “wasn’t right” with his arm. (He suffered a mild stroke in 2010.) The next day he visited his doctor at Jefferson University hospital in Philly before spending the weekend taking it easy at home in Wilmington.
Since then, however, he’s flown to some undisclosed location in Houston, where he’s undergoing medical tests to determine exactly what went wrong. Next family vacation, I’ve got a feeling Beau’s taking Amtrak.
Gotta love Joe Biden, who doesn’t see any reason why a funeral for a long-serving U.S. Senator shouldn’t be full of yuks. So at Frank Lautenberg’s service today, Biden reportedly got all the best lines, including:
* “And by the way, Danielle, I knew Strom Thurmond so well, literally, I was asked to do his eulogy. I did his eulogy. This is a lot easier.”
* When Lautenberg asked him whether he should run again: “I said, of course you should run again. I think even Christie will vote for ya.”
* “My wife says I’m the most obnoxious grandfather in the world. No. Wrong. Frank was the most obnoxious.”
Honestly, has there ever been a man better suited to the vice-presidency? Can we keep him there when Obama retires?
Vice-President Joe Biden recently received a set of letters from a classroom of third-graders from North Philadelphia. The topic was gun violence. Today, the White House released audio of Biden reading excerpts from the letters. Here is a sampling:
“Camilla says, ‘I want to discuss with you why you want to stop gun violence. I think it’s because you want less people passing away.’”
“Ishmael says, ‘I heard you take care of gun violence. Maybe no guns at all, but the police can get safety guns. That will change the world.”
“Jacob: ‘You can go out on the stage and just say, I want to stop using guns.’”
What a clash of styles it will be next Monday in Philadelphia. On campus: Joe Biden, VP of 44, keynote speaker. Kimmel Center: Laura Bush, First Lady of 43, addressing graduates of the School of Nursing. He, off-the-cuff. She, a former librarian. He, sure to offend at least someone. She, guaranteed to say nothing remotely controversial or unexpected. It’s Penn graduation baby! Full schedule here. Baby!
Joe Biden’s going rogue. He’s going on a whirlwind, nationwide tour to shame Senators into expanding background checks and gun trafficking laws. It’s so badass and double-secret the President of the United States doesn’t know about it.
Biden volunteered that he “hasn’t really discussed” his plans with Obama and plans to lead the gun control charge, according to a person who attended the meeting.
Said another person at the meeting in question:
“He was talking like he was going to be leading it, ” the law enforcement official said. “He didn’t mention any other senators in terms of leading the charge.”
That’s our Joe. [Politico]
CBS Philly reports that Scranton’s Joe Biden, the former U.S. senator from Delaware and current Vice President of the United States in Washington D.C., will receive the Pennsylvania Society Medal for Distinguished Achievement at that organization’s annual holiday dinner which is, as always, in New York City. Amtrak, it must assumed, will be involved somehow.
Welcome to the grid, Dr. Biden. Now all we need is Amtrak Joe to revive his Twitter account, which never emerged from campaign mode, and is all but dormant. To speed up the process, I’ve created a new one for Joe that seems more appropriate, now that he’s entered his second term in the White House. Meet @TransAmJoeBiden, who’s finally embraced is Oniony alter-ego. Shirt or no shirt, actual candid tweets from Joe Biden would really make our day/week/existence. Change.org petition, anyone?
TMZ reports that at least a dozen “huge” celebrities have had their financial information stolen and published online: “A website — we’re not disclosing the name — has posted social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card info, car loans, banking and other info of major celebs. In addition to Beyonce and Jay-Z … the site has snagged financial dossiers of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Joe Biden, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder andLAPD Chief Charlie Beck.”
TMZ added: “The site was not able to get a lot on Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, but most of the others on the list have had their financial info compromised. ”