UNITED States Vice-President Joe Biden has been accused of making two more of his trademark gaffes after comments about Somali taxi drivers and being photographed cosying up to a colleague’s wife during an important speech.
Biden was swearing in Ashton Carter, the new US defence secretary, when he got up close and personal with the wife of the man who now runs the most powerful military in the world.
As Carter began speaking, Biden beckoned Stephanie Carter from across the room.
He then put both hands on her shoulders as her husband thanked Biden for presiding over the ceremony.
Biden’s hands lingered for about 20 seconds until he leaned in and whispered in her ear. But within seconds Carter reached back and put his hand on his wife’s shoulder as he thanked his “perfect wife Stephanie” for her support.
The incident sparked enormous reaction on social media, as viewers questioned Biden’s unusual behaviour.
Hours later, while hosting a White House summit on violent extremism, Biden sought to draw a parallel between Minneapolis, where local leaders are working to prevent radicalisation of Somali youth, and his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, which he said also had a “large, very identifiable Somali community”.
“I might add, if you ever come to the train station you may notice that I have great relations with them, because an awful lot of them are driving cabs, and are friends of mine,” he said.
– The Telegraph