, champion of the working class. Joe Biden, who commuted from Delaware to D.C. with the regular folks on the Amtrak. Working-class Joe, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Some say it's a mythical legend
, that of the blue-collar Joe Biden and his rags-to-riches journey to the top.
The senator-turned-VP will be far removed from those hardscrabble roots on Thursday, when he appears at the ritzy St. Louis Club
in Clayton (photo below) for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Tickets range from $500 to $10,000, but dining tickets start at $2,500, reports Jo Mannies over at the St. Louis Beacon
. He's expected to "mix policy and politics" during the stop, and to get all up in ya' with his request for money.
In her report, Mannies writes that the event promises: "an incredible opportunity to be with the Vice President up close and personal..."
While Biden was muzzled during the campaign because of his tendency to place his loafers between his beaming white chompers, well-heeled Democratic donors will presumably have the opportunity to listen to Biden for as long as they'd like on Thursday. Maybe they can talk about those teabagging conservatives
who plan to rally in downtown St. Louis the day before Biden's visit.
Follow the jump to read a few of Joe's verbal gems (some would say gaffes)...
"I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. There's no shame in being tested for AIDS. It's an important thing."
"A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States -- Barack America
"Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice
president of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have
been a better pick than me."
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," he said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."
"Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya." To Missouri state Senator Chuck Graham (Graham has a disability that requires him to use a wheelchair.)
"You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."