It’s Official: Joe Biden Is a Penn Professor

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured with Penn's Dr. Amy Gutmann, launches a "moonshot" initiative to hasten a cure for cancer at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on January 15th, 2016.

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured with Penn’s Amy Gutmann, launches a “moonshot” initiative to hasten a cure for cancer at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on January 15th, 2016.

Joe Biden is now a Penn professor.

Penn officially announced on Tuesday what had been reported and rumored and talked about on an open mic by Biden himself: that the former vice president would join the faculty as the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor and lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, which will be located in Washington, D.C., and have an office on Penn’s campus.

“At Penn, I look forward to building on the work that has been a central pillar of my career in public office: promoting and protecting the post-WWII international order that keeps the United States safe and strong,” Biden said in a release. “The Penn Biden Center and I will be engaging with Penn’s wonderful students while partnering with its eminent faculty and global centers to convene world leaders, develop and advance smart policy, and impact the national debate about how America can continue to lead in the 21st Century.” Read more »

Biden Accidentally Confirms Penn Gig on Hot Mic

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured with Penn's Dr. Amy Gutmann, launches a "moonshot" initiative to hasten a cure for cancer at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on January 15, 2016.

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured with Penn’s Dr. Amy Gutmann, launches a “moonshot” initiative to hasten a cure for cancer at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on January 15, 2016.

Last month, Politico reported that Vice President Biden would “set up shop” at Penn after Donald Trump takes office in Washington. Yesterday, while on a C-Span hot mic, Biden accidentally confirmed the Penn appointment.

“I’m going to be based out of Penn for foreign policy,” he said, saying he would “deliberately not [be] associating with any one medical center.” He said he will “continue the cancer work” with what he called “the Biden Trust.”

“It’s not so much about raising money or philanthropy, though there will be some of that,” Biden said, “but it’s more about keeping these guys cooperating and changing the culture.” Read more »

Let’s Talk About This Photo of Joe Biden Eating Ice Cream at the Flyers Game

https://twitter.com/NHLFlyers/status/811773518488674304

On Wednesday night, the Flyers defeated the Capitols in a shootout. Their 10-game win streak ended last Saturday, but they’re currently in playoff position as they prepare for their annual post-Christmas “Disney on Ice” road trip.

And, at their last home game for two weeks, the Flyers had a special guest at the Wells Fargo Center: Joe Biden! On the day news broke that Biden would be setting up shop at Penn for his post-government work, including his “cancer moonshot” initiative!

But whatever. The most important thing is the above photo tweeted from the Flyers’ official account after the win. It shows Biden, with his wife, Jill, enjoying an ice cream cone. We have some thoughts. Read more »

Report: Joe Biden Will “Set Up Shop” at Penn

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured with Penn's Dr. Amy Gutmann, launches a "moonshot" initiative to hasten a cure for cancer at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on January 15, 2016.

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured with Penn’s Dr. Amy Gutmann, launches a “moonshot” initiative to hasten a cure for cancer at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center in Philadelphia on January 15, 2016.

Outgoing Vice President Joe Biden will “set up shop” at the University of Pennsylvania after packing up his bags in Washington, D.C., according to Politico PlaybookRead more »

Why Democrats Keep Visiting Philly to Stump for Hillary Clinton

Joe Biden; Barack Obama; Michelle Obama

Photos: Barack Obama by HughE Dillon; Joe Biden and Michelle Obama by Dan McQuade

Tim Kaine debates Mike Pence tonight in the campaign’s lone vice presidential debate. Even though it won’t reach viewership levels of the first presidential debate, this will be the night where Kaine and Pence receive the most attention they’ll get during the campaign.

On Wednesday, Kaine will come to Philadelphia to campaign. He joins a long list of Hillary Clinton surrogates who have stumped for the Democratic presidential candidate in Philadelphia. President Obama was at Eakins Oval on September 13th, shouting out Carson Wentz. Joe Biden appeared at Drexel the day after the first presidential debate. A day later, Michelle Obama spoke at La Salle. Even Elizabeth Banks stumped for Hillary Clinton at Penn. And, of course, Clinton herself explicitly stumped for millennial votes at Temple last month. She’s appearing in Haverford today, too. Read more »

Biden on Trump: “What in the Hell Is He Talking About?”

Joe Biden speaks in Drexel's grand court

Photo | Dan McQuade

“What in the hell is he talking about?”

That was Joe Biden’s summary of Donald Trump’s performance at last night’s presidential debate. Biden spoke at Drexel University’s Grand Court this morning to stump for Hillary Clinton and encourage students to register to vote.

While Clinton attacked Trump for cheering on the housing crisis, Trump interjected by saying: “That’s called business, by the way.”

Biden had harsh words for Trump’s debate performance. “It was good business for him to see the housing market fail,” Biden said. “What in the hell is he talking about? No, no, no, no: I’ve been here for eight presidents … every president I have served with, including the Republicans, has had a moral center, about what it means to be an American. I mean it! Think about it. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan saying, ‘It’s good business to take advantage of people’s misery’? And rooting for that misery! I’m not kidding. What does it say about this man? And he wants to be president of the United States of America! He does not have the basic fundamental sensibilities and values that almost every American politician, left right and center, has.” Read more »

Michelle Obama, Joe Biden Making Stops in Philly This Week

Joe Biden; Michelle Obama

Two big names will be in Philadelphia this week to stump for Hillary Clinton.

Tomorrow, Vice President Joe Biden will appear at Pennsylvania Democrats’ voter registration drive in the main court of Drexel’s main building at 3131 Chestnut Street. He’ll speak at 10:45 a.m. People interested in attending can RSVP here. Doors open at 9.

Biden’s appearance comes on National Voter Registration Day, and is part of a spate of registrations events on the day. In Pennsylvania, the last day to register to vote in November’s election is October 11th. Read more »

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