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At the Biden Beach Boardwalk, A Watergun Fight with Rahm Emanuel

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The home of the Vice President of the United States has never before been referred to as the "Biden Beach Boardwalk" but Joe has proven himself a wordsmith par excellence, so is it really that surprising that he's once again struck gold with a turn of phrase?

Last week the Veep and Dr. Jill sent out invites to kick off summer at their residence (otherwise known as "the Naval Observatory" -- though obviously it will henceforth be referred to as "Biden Beach Boardwalk"), inviting a no doubt bipartisan selection of friends and members of the fourth estate to come over on Saturday for summer jams and jokes.

Select members of the press were in attendance, (cough, yours truly was unable to attend due to a bad case of notactuallyinvitedtothepartyitis), including CNN's Ed Henry, who, like all good journalists and terrible guests, promptly Tweeted shots of the party in action.

Highlights include pics of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in what appears to be a Super Soaker fight with the Vice President, though -- for this reporter at least -- perhaps most remarkable is not the Super Soaker itself, but Emanuel's sunglasses-in-mouth insouciance (and also his potentially rather impressive biceps? Is that all the ballet?). The two shots of Vice President Biden will be familiar to anyone who has watched a good-natured grandfather pretend to enjoy a day at the beach/pool/waterpark with his playfully unhinged progeny.

No word on whether there were hot dogs, burgers or chicken (we're going to assume all three -- after all, it is Biden Beach Boardwalk), and if rocket pops were on hand by special order of the Vice President. If this is how the White House blows off steam, we're looking forward to next year's shots of President Obama on the moonbounce.

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No seriously! Do you not see how much whining and complaining you're doing because they had some fun with squirt guns? What's next? Impeachment if you saw Obama and his girls playing catch?

June 07 2010 at 9:46 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

I don't think anyone begrudges anyone down time. In fact, I don't care. What I care about is this nations debt. At every turn they bellyache about global warming, oil drilling, past administrations, big business, and on and on about what is wrong with our world. Who's going to care about the debt? When is it going to be taken seriously?

June 07 2010 at 5:25 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

The USA is facing uncertainty, doubt, and confusion....with an oil spill that doesn't want to stop...with unemployment at 9.7% and expected to be higher this summer...with Iran and North Korea ......each country just itching to start another major war ....And two grown elitist......The Vice President (Biden) and the Obama Chief of Staff(Emanuel) are playing with water guns with each other........This is like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned back when Rome and the Romans were still a power.

June 07 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

How come the elected officials get to party and vacation while we are starving looking for work?

June 07 2010 at 4:05 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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