The vice president of the United States — who would, should some tragedy befall our nation, assume the most powerful position in the country — walked from the White House to a nearby sandwich shop on Thursday, because it had sandwiches from Delaware. Delaware, in Joe Biden's estimation, is the best state and the state that makes the best sandwiches.
The pool report, from the Huffington Post's Jen Bendery, describes Biden's "cool" exit from the Executive Mansion: he "flipped on his aviators and off we went to Capriotti's, a Delaware-based Italian hoagie chain that opened a shop today." A "giddy crowd" greeted the vice president, as did the "Racing Presidents," the Washington Nationals baseball team's puppet-monster representations of some of the nation's founding fathers.
Biden strolled in, easy-peasy, and placed his order. Two Italian subs, one with peppers, no onions. Two other subs, peppers on the side. "The only way to eat these things is with hot peppers," the vice president of the United States said to a crowd that included adults dressed in oversized president costumes, "but not everybody understands that. You know what I mean?"
"This is gonna settle once and for all, the best sandwich in America is out of Wilmington, Del. I'm bringing one back for the president. No more of this stuff about Chicago and Philly and New York. This settles it," he said. "You guys want to get this settled. And end it. I'm ready man. The president is waiting. I'm having lunch with him today."
(In the White House, President Obama's phone rings. He answers, listens, sighs. "That's today?" He checks his watch. "Yeah, OK. I promised.")