VP Biden Says Son Beau Is Healthy, Eager to Work; VP Also Jokes He Would Convert If Catholic Church Doesn’t Shape Up

By Dschabner

May 24, 2010 10:40pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:

Vice President Biden stood in for his son Beau at a fundraiser tonight in Philadelphia. Beau was not able to attend the event because he is recovering from the mild stroke he suffered two weeks ago, but the vice president said he is healthy and eager to get back to work.

“I’m going to tell you a piece of news I probably shouldn’t,” Biden said. “They will not let him go back to work, but he called me at 8 o’clock this morning and said, ‘Dad your first event is not until 10 a.m., can we go to the driving range?’ So we were out at the driving golf balls in the mist this morning.”

Biden said his son walked home two miles from his doctor’s office after getting tests done.

Father Alex Karloutsos, a high-ranking official in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, was one of the co-hosts of tonight’s fundraiser at Philadelphia’s Water Works Restaurant along the Schuylkill River.

The vice president, who is open about his Catholic faith and upbringing, praised the Greek community as “the most incredible community in the country” and joked tonight that he would consider converting if the Catholic church didn’t straighten up.

“I said to Father Alex, and press I want you to note that I say this with humor. Mark ‘humor,’” he said, pointing toward the print pool reporter’s notebook. “This is an attempt at humor. But I said if things don’t straighten up in my church I’m coming over.”

Beau Biden’s campaign declined to disclose how much money the fundraiser brought in.

– Karen Travers

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