ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:
Vice President Biden decided to go a bit off script today in remarks in Moldova’s Opera House Square when he got to the part about the significant contributions their country had made to American society.
Biden said that Rahm Emanuel, the newly elected mayor of Chicago and former Obama White House Chief of Staff, says he “inherited his legendary toughness from his Moldovan grandfather,” a labor leader. The vice president added that Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman carries with her a photo of her Moldovan grandmother.
“And I know this isn't on the teleprompter, but she's a heck of a lot better looking than Rahm Emanuel,” the vice president.
The rest of his speech focused on Moldova’s democratic transition but Biden noted the revolution taking place in Libya and similar ones in Ukraine, Georgia, Egypt and Tunisia.
"You know achieving democracy is not easy, but you also know it is worth the struggle,” the vice president. “"As you continue on this journey, I promise you America will be your partner."