Joe Biden: 'Spread Your Legs, You're Gonna Be Frisked'

VP is Biden-esque form at mock swearing-in of senators
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2013 5:03 PM CST

(Newser) – Joe Biden was in jokesy Uncle Joe mode today at the mock swearing-in of new senators. BuzzFeed takes note of the most talked-about line, when he bantered with North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and her family as they got directions from the photographer:

  • “Spread your legs. You’re gonna be frisked," he said after Heitkamp's husband was told to drop his arms. Then, to the photographer: “You say that to somebody in North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk.”
  • Also: When Republican Ted Cruz's baby daughter started crying, Biden cracked, "That’s a Democrat, I know, but that’s OK." Cruz's wife told him she cries for Republicans, too.
This was really just a photo op, explains the Washington Post, because the real swearing-in takes place on the Senate floor. The Post says Biden was especially flirty with senators' moms. (Read more Joe Biden stories.)

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