WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden's ailing mother is feeling well enough to give him grief for not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day.
Biden told a White House crowd Tuesday night that he got up at 2:30 in the morning to get to the Philadelphia hospital where his 92-year-old mother, Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Biden, is recovering from surgery for a broken hip.
Biden laughed as he noted that he hadn't given much thought about colors while dressing at that early hour.
When he greeted Irish and Irish-American guests at the White House, Biden pointed out his green necktie and said, "Mom, I got my green on tonight."
Jean Biden was admitted to the hospital Sunday after a fall at Biden's home in Greenville, Del.