Vice President Joe Biden demonstrated on Friday what a hammy campaigner he can be, greeting voters at the Mocha House in Warren, Ohio. The pool report said:
At the second table he went to, a man put him on the phone with a woman named Charmaine. “Hey Charmaine, this is Joe Biden, Vice President Biden,” the pool heard him say. “Well, I came in here for your husband to buy me a cup of coffee, he’s sitting here working hard.”
He wrapped up the call with “Nice to talk to you, Charmaine.”
Lots of hand shaking, photo posing, two kisses for women, including one on the top of a woman’s head.
One man was introduced to him as “Paul Newman,” which got a laugh from the VP.
Approaching a table of men he knew to be Greek, the VP said, “I’m Joe Bidenopoulos.”
“Ask George,” he said – unclear who George was, maybe someone at the table --“who’s the most Greek Irishman he’s ever known.” Sounded like Biden was suggesting he is.
He moved on to a table of three women, who he briefly sat down with, before moving on to one where two women were sitting.
“Let’s dance,” he said to one, named Jennifer, as she stood up right next to him. They posed for a photo before he turned to her tablemate, who was wearing scrubs, and asked, ‘Are you a nurse?” He then sat down and started speaking to her quietly, presumably about nurses.
As much as it seems like an unvarnished, unscripted look at the campaign, there has been some controversy over Biden's aides editing pool reports that go out to media outlets. Jonathan Martin of Politico, traveling with Biden, reported that Biden's staff ushered out reporters at retail campaign stops and went so far as to try to edit pool reports to avoid headaches from the loquacious and notoriously off-script vice president.