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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  1. truth hurts

    "besides, local government pays for firefighters, no the feds."
    Name me a state or municipality that functions entirely without the absolute necessity of federal money helping it make ends meet.
    yes, a highly efficient model the government has going there. they take $100, keep $25 to pay for the massive federal bureacracy, then send $75 back to the original payers. local expenses should remain local and i'm sure you would agree because that would eliminate your bogus red state/blue state baloney. of course they won't do this because with money comes requirements to do as the feds demand to get your money back. time to stop the feds from doing what locals can do better.

    September 11, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. just sayin

    Biden looks like my crazy old grandfather just before we had to have him committed. just sayin...

    September 11, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Tex71

    Romney prefers Dom Perignon and foreign bank presidents.

    September 11, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Larry L

    @truth hurts

    You really need to quit sparing with Sniffit. Everybody who reads your comments realizes you're in way over your head. For your sake I hope you're a Jr. High with redneck parents and no girlfriends. At least you'd have an excuse...

    September 11, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Larry L

    @just sayin

    Biden looks like my crazy old grandfather just before we had to have him committed. just sayin...
    Something genetic?

    September 11, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    just sayin

    Biden looks like my crazy old grandfather just before we had to have him committed. just sayin...

    Funny how that works. Biden actually reminds me of my father-in-law ... also from the Northeast ... whom I admire a great deal.

    September 11, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Bob

    Biden is like talking to your Dad or grandfather – a straight shooter. Ryan is like talking to
    bobbing head that just lies.

    September 11, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. rexdogcanadien

    Pres Obama should be complemented for the bold actions he and his admin took to ebb the economic avalanche that permeated every aspect of American life. It is said that Illness comes on horse back but leaves on tortoise back. Those who are claiming that he and his admin is have failed the American people. His failures should be celebrated because he has consistently learned from them. This the the metal of a good leader and his leadership.
    Nothing attempted is for naught, In all we do their is reward. Challenge changes us, Hard work strengthens. Inwardly we aspire, Outwardly perspire. If we labour and wait, Rewards will follow after. Some sacrifice we must make to appease the gods of our dreams, and then above the odds rise.

    September 11, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. 1twinsfan

    You know what's malarky? It being one's 25th wedding anniversary and your husband not getting you anything, not even sending flowers to work. It's not like he can forget this date! Happy birthday to former MLBerTrot Nixon's son, born on 09/11/01 and to anyone else who marks a b-day or wedding anniversary today. At least we have something on this date of remembrance.

    September 11, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. rxlawdude

    @Truthhurts:"they take $100, keep $25 to pay for the massive federal bureacracy, then send $75 back to the original payers. local expenses should remain local and i'm sure you would agree because that would eliminate your bogus red state/blue state baloney"

    It must really hurt you, as you've just demonstrated amply why the Red states are the blood sucking drag on the rest of the country. I would be very happy if your states kept their own fed tax money and the feds stop sending them a penny.

    September 11, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Zenger Folkman

    Gotta love Joe! I'm making another donation to the Obama campaign today. My third this month already!

    September 11, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. t3chsupport

    I don't think I'd ever want to elect him for president, but I think he's a great VP.

    September 11, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Ling

    Slow Joe is a beacon of charity as we all well know.

    September 11, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Florida Joe

    Nice to see we have a REAL VP that's a straight talking guy unlike these clowns Mitt and Eddie Munster
    Mitt goes on TV and says oh no I won't repeal all of Obamacare there are parts I like then 10 minutes later his team has to retract his Flip Flop
    I believe he says these things on national shows as he knows the Independents watch while all his RWW are glued to Faux News.............Then when what he says gets reported he flips back so that the RWW base doesn't get upset
    Mitt and Eddie Munster two guys that will say ANYTHING to get elected..........
    Thank God for President Obama and VP Biden

    September 11, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. JDinHouston

    Some comparisons of Joe Biden to Paul Ryan...

    Joe is honest, Ryan isn't.

    ...not much need to go on. I can stand with Joe's word, I don't know what to believe about Ryan.

    September 11, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. manhandler1

    Joe lost his wife and his daughter.... and his two sons were seriously injured in an auto accident...right after he was first elected to Congress. He took his oath of office in the hospital at the foot of his sons bed. But he continued on..taking the train back and forth to be with his kids. Joe has character....Joe is one of us...I'll go for a man like that way before I'd go for a couple of rich spoiled brats anyday.

    September 11, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. ccw

    Joe Biden is a regular guy...he can say BS all he wants if it's used in the correct context....and it was

    September 11, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. GOP is Dead

    Joe is a straight-shooter and exactly the sort of leader America needs. We have absolutely no need for the spoiled preppies offered with "Rob-Me" Romney and "Lyin" Ryan.

    September 11, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. upwardquest

    I am grateful for President Obama and Vice President Biden. Through their efforts, I was able to keep my home and secure and very affordable modified loan. They have my support and my vote!

    September 11, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Blue

    Joe is just a good ole boy.

    September 11, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. 1608

    remember uncle JOE always spoke his mind. That was yesteryear.

    September 11, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Joe's son Bow did his voluntary military service to our country .

    September 11, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. HenryB

    After Dick Cheney, Vice-President Biden is a sight for sore eyes. What a good and decent man. He can relate with the common man because he is a common man who, despite being at the highest level of government can still relate to people. This is what we need in a Vice-President, not some man who maps out wars and shoots people in the face (I know, I know, that was low. I apologize – well not really).

    September 11, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Gary NY

    You can make fun of Biden for putting his foot in his mouth a lot, but at least he doesn't blatantly lie like Ryan:

    "In his convention speech, Ryan gave considerable emphasis to his claim that 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy in 2011, far more than the 330,000 that did so in the final year of the Jimmy Carter administration. Turns out 47,086, not 1.4 million, is the correct number for 2011. Ryan drastically overstated, in order to make things sound much worse than they are."

    So he's either really stupid (how do you confuse 1.4 million with 47k?) or he's a big time liar. Take your pick, but I'm guessing liar based on his sub 3 hour marathon he claimed to have run.

    September 11, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. hangar13

    You left out the part about the VP saying 9/11 brought back bittersweet memories. Still trying to figure out the sweet part of 9/11, at least for Americans. A heartbeat away, unbelievable. At least with the President we know we're getting an incompetent socialist, Biden is like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates.

    September 11, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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