Vice President Joe Biden Swears in Defense Secretary, Gets Close With His Wife

The VP briefly stole the spotlight when he whispered in Stephanie Carter's ear.

What Biden said as he placed his hands on her shoulders was not clear, but the blogosphere didn’t waste any time getting into speculative innuendo, with some noting "creepy" Biden's "hands-on approach."

Carter appeared in the moment undistracted, talking about his solemn duty to tend to the troops “with the greatest reflection and care.”

The vice president’s office declined to comment about the vice president's whisper.

When Biden and Stephanie Carter first greeted each other in the Roosevelt Room before the swearing in, the VP was overheard telling her, “We get a whole team. We get two for one.”