Joe Biden's middle class patois was in rare form today as he puffed up his NASCAR bonafides on the campaign trail. In a pool report filed by Politico's Jonathan Martin, Biden finds himself at an old-fashioned lunch counter in Virginia called the Coffee Break Cafe, a place where NASCAR team owner Glen Wood happens to be regular. Biden was informed ahead of time that Wood would be there, as well as the fact that he won the Daytona 500 in 2011. As Martin tells it, Biden's swaggering entrance begins with this salty exhortation:
"I heard somebody in here won the Daytona!"
"Get out of the way, man," Biden said good-naturedly to a photographer on the floor. "Get out of the way
"This guy did what I dreamed of, man," Biden said as he approached Wood. "I'd trade being vice-president in a heartbeat for having won Daytona."
Biden and Wood exchanged coins, Wood giving Biden a racing coin and Biden giving wood a VP challenge coin.
The VP shared that his first car was "a "51 Plymouth."
This is sort of a classic example of Biden encouraging The Onion side of himself—the newspaper's mythology of a run-of-the-mill, hard-boozing, womanizing old guy who doesn't mind filing Freedom of Information Act requests to find out when his female colleagues are getting out of work. (Biden doesn't drink, and no one has ever suggested he's anything but a faithful husband.) The last time he pulled this was last year when he told Car and Driver that he's never washed a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am in his driveway but has in fact "been in my bathing suit in my driveway" washing his Goodwood-green 1967 Corvette. Keep it up, Joe.
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