Oh, That Joe! (Number 3 in a Series)

By Arnab Datta

Aug 31, 2008 9:53am

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., stopped by a Marengo, Ohio, fruit and produce stand next to an expansive soy bean field to get some corn on Saturday. 

Joined by former Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Gov. Ted Strickland, Biden talked to locals at the stand, really just a small truck, run by Sharon Hildebrand, where corn sells for four bucks for a dozen ears.

"What color M&M’s you like?" Biden asked Luke, a local wearing an M&M NASCAR hat.

The boy said he liked red the best.

"I like the red ones best, too," Biden said. "I like the orange ones, too."

Biden then spotted three young girls.

"You have gorgeous eyes," Biden said. "All of you do. Holy mackerel! Look at those eyes, they’re like beacons!"

"This is the number one thing," Biden said, "how old are you?"

The responses: 10, 11, 13.

"No boys ’til you’re thirty," Biden said, "no boys till you’re 30 years old."

He used the "no boys till you’re 30" line again on the father of a 15-year old girl.

"That’s what I keep trying but it’s a losing battle," said the father.

"It’s a losing battle with my daughter, too," Biden responded, referring to his 27-year-old daughter Ashley.

"I keep telling her they’re highly over-rated," said the dad.

Biden also chatted up a local man who shares Obama’s August 4 birthday.

"By the way, you know what I found out today?" Biden told him. "You’re not gonna believe this. They went back and showed me my Irish lineage and his and they said we’re related," referencing Sen. Barack 0bama, D-Illinois.

"Oh, you’re kidding," said the older man.

"The bad news is that means I’m related to Cheney," Biden joked, alluding to the fact that Obama and Vice President Cheney are distantly related.

Before he left, Biden — brandishing his plastic bag of corn — told the crowd that, "I’m taking the corn and getting the hell out of here. I’m not giving anybody this corn!"

- Jake Tapper and Matt Jaffe

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