No malarkey: Biden likes beer and firefighters
September 11th, 2012
02:37 PM ET
10 years ago

No malarkey: Biden likes beer and firefighters

(CNN) – It wasn't a formal invitation, but it was an invitation nonetheless.

While attending a barbecue for firefighters in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden came across Brad Shober, the deputy fire chief, who he met at last year's ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

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Biden, who also hosted Shober and other Shanksville firefighters at his residence in Washington last year, told the deputy chief and other firefighters assembled he wanted them to come back to the nation's capital for a second visit.

"He's going to call you, no bullshit," Biden said, pointing to an aide.

Noticing reporters, the vice president changed his terminology.

"This is no malarkey," Biden said. "You come to the White House. I'll buy you a beer."

Biden eventually found himself at the grill, where he helped himself to a hamburger with a slice of American cheese. His $20 donation to the firefighters also covered the lunch of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who, along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, traveled to Shanksville with Biden.

Earlier in the day, the vice president spoke at a remembrance ceremony near the crash site of a flight hijacked on September 11, 2001 - eleven years ago Tuesday.

"What they did for this country is still etched in the minds of not only you, but millions of Americans forever," Biden said of passengers on Flight 93 who forced the hijackers to crash the plane believed headed for a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Willard is a Tax Evader

    Show the American People your tax returns Willard!!!!!! You are a criminal for not disclosing your off-shore accounts!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. cali girl

    I raise my glass to all the firefighters, police, EMT, Paramedics, Medical Helicopter workers.

    September 11, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Critical Thinking

    He also likes; botox, hair plugs and biker chicks

    September 11, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    99 bottles of beer in the WH, 99 bottles of beer, take on down, pass it to this clown, 98 bottles of beer in the WH.

    September 11, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. California Gary

    I'd be pleased to have a beer with the VP and the first responders.........true American heroes.

    September 11, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    We all know how Mitt Romney feels about firefighters. There's far too many of them.

    September 11, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Lionel

    We love Joe Biden. He is the man and he is from a blue collar background like most Americans.

    To all the firemen, policemen and first responders. Thank you for your service.

    Remember the Republicans plan to cut government which includes teachers, firemen, policemen and all first responders.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    September 11, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Say what you want about Biden and his occassional gaffes, but the speech he made this morning at the site of Flight 93 was unarguably poignant and moving, well crafted and well delivered and showed just real he is and how good he is at his craft when he's on point.....which is why CNN isn't reporting about that and is instead reporting about a comment about "malarkey" and "beer" instead.

    September 11, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I can just imagine the internal debate at CNN: "do we report on the 'malakey' and 'beer' comments or on his amazingly poignant and moving speech at the site of Flight 93 this morning? Someone, quick, remind us what the polls are showing in terms of the 'horse race' we're trying to manufacture!!! Hmmmmmm....decisions decisions...."

    September 11, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. bb

    @willard is a tax, hey stupid , how does that relate to this, I think its real big of Biteme to give up $20 what a jerk of vp he is, r going to pur these guys in chains joe u drunk.????

    September 11, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Obama's America 2016

    Only idiots would vote for Biden the Buffoon.

    September 11, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. bb

    @ Lionel, remember youll be a catcher when the time comes

    September 11, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Dean

    ...and biker chicks.

    September 11, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Indy

    Coming from a large family of Fire Fighters I can honestly say they would all hhave a beer with Joe Biden and take a pass from Romney or Ryan

    September 11, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. 56 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @Obama's America 2016 – Only idiots would vote for Biden the Buffoon.
    Then it's a good thing that there are more then enough "idiots" out there who see thru the Grand Obstructionist Party lies, deceit and mis-information from Lyan Ryan and Mitt the Twit, being parroted by foreign-owned Faux Noise Entertainment, and will vote to move FORWARD with Obama and not back to more of the same that Dubya caused.
    thanks for playing.

    September 11, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. rla

    Biden has that smile like the cat that stole the cream for a reason- he is a politican and only that- President PLEASE

    September 11, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    Well, we all know what the Twit plans to do with firefighters, educators and women if he gets elected. Of course he believes they are not needed, yet he campaigns on the 9/11 anniversary ??
    What happened to truce.... right, more the lyin' GOBP approach. Who could possibly vote for such a vile bunch....??

    September 11, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Obama's America 2016 wrote:

    Only idiots would vote for Biden the Buffoon.
    Republican's America 2008 responded:

    This is coming from someone who voted for George W. Bush and swears by "trickle down economics."

    September 11, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |

    You gotta love the Vice President. When the phrase "Average Joe" was coined, they must have had Joe Biden in mind.

    September 11, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Paul

    I think Joe Biden is great. He talks for and to the middle class. I wil be happy to vote for him and the President.

    September 11, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |

    It's ironic how today we honor emergency workers(firefighters, police, EMT's), yet once this day over, politicians in Washington will go back to trying to strip away their union rights.

    September 11, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Debra from Atlanta

    He still my Joe Biden. I love him and the american people love him. He is our "JOE"

    September 11, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Romney supporters to Romney: Socialism = Bad.
    Romney to his supporters: If your house is on fire, you’re on your own to put it out.

    September 11, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We LOVE you Joe!
    We love ya'!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    Expat American
    Romney supporters to Romney: Socialism = Bad.
    Romney to his supporters: If your house is on fire, you’re on your own to put it out.
    a real lot of mentally deficit lefties in here that can't differentiate between legitimate government services and stealing money from people who produce to give to those that do not produce. besides, local government pays for firefighters, no the feds. honestly, you guys should have tried to finish third grade.

    September 11, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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