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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:23 PM

Biden and the gushing women...


Biden greets volunteers in Springfield, Ohio. | AP Photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Given the reception Vice President Joe Biden received at a field office here Tuesday, it's a wonder that he and the president are not faring better in the polls with seniors. It's clear that Biden, at least, appears to be faring well with senior ladies.

Biden walked in for the surprise visit carrying a stack of large pizzas for the 80 or so volunteers – mostly women over 50 – who were gathered there, phone banking. The shrieks began within seconds: “Oh Jesus!” “Joe Biden’s here?” “Oh my God, oh, my God!”

“Oh Lord, please don’t let me faint,” Patrice Toliver said, a phone to her ear. She was in the middle of speaking with a voter, and was frantically trying to explain what was happening. “He’s coming into headquarters right now!” she exclaimed.

As Biden came closer, she abruptly hung up on the voter and stood still and silent and wide-eyed, seemingly shell-shocked.

“You’re the reason we’re going to win Ohio,” the vice president told the group.

One woman replied, “No, you’re the reason!”

Biden then began working the room, taking pictures, giving hugs, shaking hands, stroking faces.

“He’s so freakin’ personable!” said 74-year-old Ellen Wallace as she watched him greet people. “It’s unbelievable. He’s just a magnet.”

One woman approached him and without so much as a hello, gushed, “I have a cup o’ Joe every morning.” This reporter could not hear his reply, but a colleague insisted that Biden then experienced a rare moment of speechlessness.

The volunteers were seated at tables lined up in four long rows, and as he approached the third row, where a group of four women sat, he told them a few things about his mother.

“The good Lord created two perfect women: the Blessed Mother and my mom,” he said.

Biden went on to tell a story he told at the Democratic National Convention about being bullied and smacked around by a neighborhood boy when he was growing up in Scranton, Penn. He said that when he told his mother what happened, she pushed him to confront the boy and punch him in the nose. “’Joey do it,’” Biden recounted her saying. When he did, the boy ran away crying, Biden said.

The story prompted a man standing nearby, Springfield resident and OFA volunteer Rodney Hillard, to say, “Joe, that’s how you did it at the debate, you showed that Paul Ryan.”

Biden smiled, then said, “You all learned what the word ‘malarkey’ meant, right?“

One woman who scored a “huge hug” from Biden, Roxandra Antoniadis, said afterward that she will never forget it.

“It was the thrill of my life!” she said. “He’s magnificent.”

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/10/biden-and-the-gushing-women-139412.html?hp=l1_b1

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gateley Oct 2012 OP
yesphan Oct 2012 #1
gateley Oct 2012 #5
goclark Oct 2012 #2
JNelson6563 Oct 2012 #3
hootinholler Oct 2012 #4
gateley Oct 2012 #7
lillypaddle Oct 2012 #25
WiffenPoof Oct 2012 #6
gateley Oct 2012 #9
WiffenPoof Oct 2012 #10
PatSeg Oct 2012 #14
WiffenPoof Oct 2012 #33
PatSeg Oct 2012 #38
PatSeg Oct 2012 #39
uponit7771 Oct 2012 #21
eissa Oct 2012 #8
gateley Oct 2012 #11
WiffenPoof Oct 2012 #34
Tarheel_Dem Oct 2012 #12
longship Oct 2012 #13
Laochtine Oct 2012 #15
desertduck Oct 2012 #16
Revolutionary Girl Oct 2012 #17
gateley Oct 2012 #18
jillan Oct 2012 #31
gateley Oct 2012 #20
donqpublic Oct 2012 #19
gateley Oct 2012 #22
donqpublic Oct 2012 #23
jillan Oct 2012 #32
patrice Oct 2012 #24
bluestate10 Oct 2012 #26
BeyondGeography Oct 2012 #27
progressivebydesign Oct 2012 #29
progressivebydesign Oct 2012 #28
gateley Oct 2012 #30
Jennicut Oct 2012 #35
Hekate Oct 2012 #36
renate Oct 2012 #37
ProudProgressiveNow Oct 2012 #40
Fawke Em Oct 2012 #41

Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:26 PM

1. That is so friggin

cool !

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Response to yesphan (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:45 PM

5. I was thinking how it would be different if R or R did this --

I think it would just FEEL like a staged photo-op -- probably uncomfortable. And though that's essentially what this was, I bet those people felt like an old friend had just come by to drop off pizza and jaw awhile.

I remember a story when he was running for Prez in 2008. He was on his way to some fundraiser or something, and a couple of people at the side of the road were holding anti-Biden signs. They didn't like Joe. So he had the car pull over, got out and talked to these guys. I don't remember if he converted them enough to vote for him in the primaries, but I've no doubt their opinions were changed after meeting Joe and seeing what a "real" person he is.

I doubt any of the other candidates would have done that -- except maybe for Mike Gravel.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:28 PM

2. What a thrill for the workers


What a Trojan Joe Biden has been to the get out the vote! .

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:30 PM

3. That is awesome!

I love Joe.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:42 PM

4. I think I need new glasses...

I read the "Oh lord please don't let me faint" as please don't let me fart!

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:48 PM

7. Ha! At first read I thought it said "...why he and the President are not farting better"!

So I'll be right behind you at LensCraffers.

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Response to gateley (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:45 PM

25. LOL

I'm always doing the same thing. I have new glasses but it doesnt seem to help that much.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:48 PM

6. Joe is the Real Deal

...I would love to see him run for President. He is one of the most genuine people on the political horizon. He has proudly carried the Democratic banner with honor and conviction.

-Paige

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:50 PM

9. Hey, Paige!



I'd love to see it, too -- and from day 1 he has said he wouldn't rule it out, so who knows?

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Response to gateley (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:52 PM

10. Hey...

...it is so good to read your posts again. I know what a Biden fan we both are. I hope that he decides to run. This country could use his knowledge and commitment to the common man.

-P

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:48 PM

14. Hi there Paige!

Good to see you! "WiffenPoof"??? I'm sure there is a story behind that.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #14)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:20 AM

33. The Whole Biden Gang...

...is still around. Yippie!

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #33)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:24 AM

38. Yeah, there are a bunch of us here

We also have a group on Facebook.

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #33)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:26 AM

39. P.S.

I added you to the group. I didn't realize you weren't there.

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:25 PM

21. +1!

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:49 PM

8. He just has IT, doesn't he?

That natural ease and comfortableness with people that certain people may try to emulate, but just can't pull off.

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Response to eissa (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:56 PM

11. I think it's because he genuinely cares about people and truly feels we're all

in this together. Over the years he's had a lot more person-to-person contact commuting on Amtrak than probably most of those in Washington have. I'm sure he's met so many people from all walks, and heard so many stories, he feels that connection between us all.

I would guess that when you go to DC, you really live in that rarified bubble.

I've got it all figured out, haven't I?

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Response to gateley (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:23 AM

34. Yes you do...

nt

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:06 PM

12. I! LOVE! JOE!

That is all.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:12 PM

13. Biden has charisma = 18!!

(Sorry for the D&D allusion.)

R&

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Response to longship (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:52 PM

15. loved it!

Joe is the real deal

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:58 PM

16. that is why i have always thought he should be in florida campaigning....but OH works too.

i have gushed enough about joe. he is awesome!!!

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:11 PM

17. Of course Joe's a ladykiller!

Who can resist the power of that smile?



(Not Lyin' Ryan, that's for sure.)

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Response to Revolutionary Girl (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:21 PM

18. I'm sure the photos of him washing his TransAm in the WH driveway

caused a few hearts to flutter, too!






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Response to gateley (Reply #18)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:09 AM

31. Hahahaha! Love those pics!

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Response to Revolutionary Girl (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:22 PM

20. And welcome to DU, Reveloutionary Girl!

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:22 PM

19. It sickens me

he is disparaged by most of the media. He seems to be a real regular Joe. I suggested to the campaign they should have offered a dinner with Joe promotion. Perhaps they had one, I am not sure.

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Response to donqpublic (Reply #19)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:25 PM

22. Even on DU a lot of people dismiss him and lob the "gaffe" charge.

I have always felt that if people really paid attention, they would see and like/respect the "real" Joe. He's a man of integrity and genuine compassion for others.

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Response to gateley (Reply #22)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:36 PM

23. It's damn hard to remove a "media" label one they apply it n/t

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Response to donqpublic (Reply #19)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:10 AM

32. Yes - I definitely would have signed up for that!!

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:36 PM

24. Joe Biden is our lovable lion.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:52 PM

26. "One woman replied, “No, you’re the reason!”"

No truer words have ever been spoken. I still have a tingle down my spine from Joe's debate performance against Ryan. Joe knocked it out of the park when we needed a hit. Joe has his mispoken words, but the guy has a heart of gold and is the real deal.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:03 PM

27. Gotta love a 74-year-old woman who talks like this

“He’s so freakin’ personable!” said 74-year-old Ellen Wallace.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #27)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:07 PM

29. My mom is that age and she talks the same way.. maybe saltier.

As she says "they don't make old ladies like they used to." Think about it. The people that are in their 70s, like my Mom, were going to Led Zeppelin concerts in their 40s... (like my Mom)

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:05 PM

28. Awesome awesome!! Those volunteers are SO lucky!!!

I have yet to see anything similar from the Romney camp. Do they have volunteers??

Of course the writer couldn't resist the snark "Given the reception Vice President Joe Biden received at a field office here Tuesday, it's a wonder that he and the president are not faring better in the polls with seniors."

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #28)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:19 PM

30. Ryan washes clean dishes at a soup kitchen after the unwashed masses have left the building.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:30 AM

35. "He’s just a magnet.”



I'm a little bit in love with the man myself. Even if he is technically 33 something years older then me. And has a wonderful wife and I have a great husband. He is my political crush because he is just a really, really good and decent man. The ladies of Wonkette refer to him as "Old Handsome Joe" and that pretty much sums it up.

And he rocks a pair of aviators like no one else:




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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:40 AM

36. Cheers, Champ!

That "gaffe machine" label is crap. Joe Biden wears his heart on his sleeve, and he is so genuine it's amazing.

I love the guy. I am so happy Obama chose him for VP; he's been an incredible asset to this administration. The only reason I would hesitate to support Biden for a presidential run in 2016 is his age -- we'll have to see.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:48 AM

37. I adore him

And as a mother, I love a guy who talks like that about his mom.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:27 AM

40. Great smiles!

Real joy on their faces.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:31 AM

41. I'm a woman. I inteviewed Biden in college.

You'd think I, as a feminist, I'd be pissed at what he called me, but every word he said in the interview was perfect. He also was advocating for the cause my student newspaper sued and won.

But he called me, "sugar." Sugar? I could have been offended, but I wasn't. Joe was being Joe and he meant nothing other than he'd gotten to know me (I'd phone interviewed him a gazillion times at that point).

And you would have had to hear it to know it was an endearment, not a put down.

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