Washington, Sept. 12 (ANI): United States Vice President Joe Biden made an unplanned stop at the Volunteer Fire Department in Pennsylvania to pay his respects, while attending an event marking the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and promised the firefighters an invitation to the White House.
Biden told the department’s Deputy Chief, Brad Shober, that he and the other firefighters could count on an invitation to the White House for a beer.
“He’s going to call you, no bull**t,” CBS Neww quoted Biden, as saying.
According to the report, noticing the reporters behind him, Biden self-edited: “This is no malarkey. You come to the White House. I’ll buy you a beer.”
Last year, at a memorial marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Biden gave Shober a vice presidential challenge coin and told him that, if he still had it on him when they met again, “drinks are on me.”
On Tuesday, Biden pledged to make good on his promise no matter the result of the November election.
In his official remarks at the memorial earlier in the day, Biden struck a decidedly more sober tone, the report said.
“It’s a genuine honor to be back here today. But like all of the families, we wish we weren’t here. We wish we didn’t have to be here. We wish we didn’t have to commemorate any of this. And it’s a bittersweet moment for the entire nation, for all of the country, but particularly for those family members gathered here today,” he said.
“It’s a bittersweet moment for the entire nation, for all of the country, but particularly for those family members gathered here today,” he added. (ANI)