November 4th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden gives 17-year-old exclusive ride

Cleveland (CNN) – She and Joe Biden may now be BFFs.

A 17-year-old high schooler and the Vice President of the United States could end up being "best friends forever" after Biden surprised the young lady with the ultimate offer – and the pictures to prove it.

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It happened early Sunday in Cleveland. Ahead of a campaign rally in nearby Lakewood, Ohio, the vice president made an impromptu stop at the My Friends Restaurant.

At one point, as the vice president stood at a cash register to pay for cheesecake and coconut custard pies for himself and wife Jill Biden, a young lady informed Biden of a coincidence.

"You're going to my high school," Amira Nasrallah told the vice president, referring to his event at nearby Lakewood High School.

Yet there was a cruel irony.

"I have to work here," the young woman said.

The vice president thought fast.

After asking Nasrallah the distance from the restaurant to the high school, Biden said: "Now, if you ride with us, will you be able to get back?"

Nasrallah, apparently unable to fathom what was coming, squeaked out: "Oh my God, are you serious?"

Indeed, he was.

"Why don't you ride in my car with me, okay?" Biden told the young lady.

"Oh my God!" Nasrallah shrieked.

Moments later, the vice president told his aides: "You see this lovely young woman? We're gonna let her ride with me, in my limo, to the high school."

The vice president continued to meet and mingle with other patrons. But he did not forget his guest.

As he exited the restaurant, reporters noticed Nasrallah at his side – with a plus one.

Nasrallah and her twin brother, Amir Nasrallah, was also invited along for the ride to the rally.

"You go around the other side of the door," the vice president told the brother. "That Secret Service agent will let you in."

And with that, the vice president entered the SUV, along with the young woman, her brother and Secret Service, making the young lady perhaps the coolest kid at her high school.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Corey

    I guess Joey B. doesn't know that 17-year-olds can't vote.

    November 4, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. incredulous

    Biden really connects with people. He likes them and it shows. It's nice to have someone like that in office.

    November 4, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Araujo

    Wow, VP Biden! Way to may someone's day! You seem so genuine doing what you did to the young lady and her brother. And not for anything, you didn't care who or where they were from.....but you only saw them as Americans, your compariots! GO BIDEN & OBAMA!

    November 4, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Tony in Maine

    Great story. I'm sure it would be duplicated by the Republican duo if the destination were an upscale private prep school and the kids were Buffy and Skipper who's chauffer had taken ill. 🙂

    November 4, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. CBP

    This story gives another glimpse into the Joe Biden, the man. An offer to give a ride to this young lady was an ordinary thing to do yet most politicians cannot embrace people this easily.

    Joe and Jill Biden have another group of Americans in their thoughts, prayers and hearts every day. They have continually talked about our service men and women who are in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who have been wounded and are back home. He calls them heroes. He wants us to all remember that we owe these men and women a tremendous debt. They are fighting every day to protect the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan. They are fulfilling a mission as set forth by President Bush. The Bidens never forget to talk about them. They have kept them front and center even as they campaign.

    Unfortunately, little has been said on the Republican side. They are preparing to increase the number of service people and to deploy them overseas separating them from their families again. It seems to be a given that they will rely on the men and women to enlist so that their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, can ignore service to country.

    November 4, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. anonoymous

    Love ya Joe.....

    November 4, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Name

    ONCE again Joe shows he is a true mensch. a man of the people.

    November 4, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Joe the BEST.... Obama12.

    November 4, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Jacob

    No doubt the Tea/Republicans will claim that the VP is now hanging out with terrorists due to these kids' surnames. But in their posts, they won't even spell them correctly so no big deal.

    November 4, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Hotdog

    Please take note of the young lady's name. The VPOTUS did not bother to stereotype this person but offered she and her brother a ride to the event. Do you think Romney or Ryan would have done thing like that? I doubt it very much. Doesn't that speak volumes about Joe's character?

    November 4, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. sonya abercrombie

    That was nice of you wish others was like that?

    November 4, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. JB

    I can see Mittens doing something like this. NOT!

    November 4, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Observer

    Its always good to put a smile on someones face.

    November 4, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Good for you guys

    November 4, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Emma in Baltimore


    November 4, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Name Riri

    Bless his heart he is a gentle soul and many prayers to his family true American you can tell Joe and the president are very close .Look at Romney and Ryan t Mitt looks down on Ryan and those 2 will fight each other tooth and nail Obama and Biden are 2 Leo's
    and will fight for us Lions protect their cubs

    November 4, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Ed1

    I guess Biden will let her vote too since Obama will only enforce the laws he wants enforced.

    November 4, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Mrs. Rich 1

    He didn't offer her a ride for a vote he offer her a ride because he is a kind and loving person, that was all. Some people are nice because it is just cool.

    November 4, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Mike

    @Corey – What does VP Biden offering twin siblings who wanted to hear him speak at their school... have to do with whether they can vote or not?! NOTHING! This was just a lame attempt by you to try and bash a good-natured person like Biden who is clearly cool with any person: young or old, republican or democrat, with a foreign last name or American etc. that he meets while he is out on the campaign trail. Good luck America come Tuesday (or our Wednesday for many of us in the world by the time it is announced) – the World watches 🙂

    November 4, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Alina

    That really put a smile on my face, it was so sweet of him.

    November 4, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Laura, Boston

    He made sure the media was there so how nice was it really or was it a campaign ploy?

    November 4, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Willie Floyd

    For all you folks out there always making your snide remarks about our V.P., maybe this will show you why those of us who have had the chance to meet him love him, He's the real thing.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    November 4, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Chris

    Joe is selfish look at how much Mr cheapo gives to charity.

    November 4, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Ben

    Nice publicity stunt make up for only giving 1% to charity and acting like you care when the cameras are rolling.

    November 4, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. R.U. Kidding

    Joe Biden is such a great guy!

    November 4, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
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