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Joe Biden Calls Manager Who Told Him To Lower Taxes ‘Smartass’

Vice President Joe Biden is starting to give White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel a run for his money in the salty language category. On the campaign trail for Democratic Senator Russ Feingold at Wisconsin’s Kopp’s Frozen Custard today, Biden called its owner a “smartass” for suggesting the vice president’s treat would be on the house if he would agree to lower the owner’s taxes.

The entire anecdote could not be more classic Biden: The Vice President enters the story under the misconception that he is about to eat ice cream. Then he goes all in and tinkers with the machines and helps serve some frozen custard himself, and enjoys some of the frozen confection. In response to asking the owner of the shop how much money he owes, the owner tells him it’s on the house if Biden agrees to “lower our taxes.” A few minutes later, Biden asks the owner, “Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time?”

The owner, later interviewed by local reporters, seemed pretty happy with the experience of being at the receiving end of one of those good ol’ Joe Biden gaffes, and although he admits he thinks the Vice President was peeved at first, he confides that Biden later clarified he was “just kidding.”

Local coverage of Biden’s campaign appearance below:

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