At the top of Friday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer gushed over Vice President Biden doing a series of photo-ops while swearing in newly elected senators on Thursday: "Joe Biden welcomes lawmakers and their families to Washington like only he can." In a later report, correspondent Kelly O'Donnell glossed over several awkward moments caused by Biden: "There was certainly a lot of charm being poured on by the Vice President." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
A few minutes later, fill-in news reader Willie Geist played a brief montage of some of the especially odd comments by Biden, including the Vice President telling the husband of one senator, "Spread your legs; you're going to be frisked," and declaring after looking a woman up and down, "holy mackerel."
Laughing off the strange behavior, Geist told viewers: "It went on like that all day, that is just the tip of the iceberg. If you've got a few minutes, later today go online and watch the clip....someone tweeted to me, 'If it doesn't work out for Joe Biden becoming president some day, he's got a future as a host of the Family Feud.'"
Co-host Matt Lauer remarked: "My favorite one was 'Holy mackerel.'" Weatherman Al Roker went further, joking about Biden gawking at the woman's chest: "Mr. Vice President, get a load of these."
CNN's Starting Point on Friday applauded Biden's "one-man comedy act," while not mentioning some his most eyebrow-raising moments.
Here is a full transcript of Geist's January 4 news brief:
WILLIE GEIST: And when you've got to spend the whole day doing photo-ops and swearing in new Senate members, you've got to find a way to keep yourself entertained. And Vice President Joe Biden, as you may know, is a master at that.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: You've got a million dollar smile.
JOE BIDEN: There's a lot to smile about today....Spread your legs, you're gonna be frisked....I want you next to me. I want you next to me....As they say in Southern Delaware: 'You done good, Ma.'
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Watch where you're walking!
BIDEN: Need any help working on your pecs, let me know....Holy mackerel.
GEIST: It went on like that all day, that is just the tip of the iceberg. If you've got a few minutes, later today go online and watch the clip. It is now 7:09, back to Matt, Erica, and Al. Guys, someone tweeted to me, "If it doesn't work out for Joe Biden becoming president some day, he's got a future as a host of the Family Feud."
MATT LAUER: My favorite one was "Holy mackerel."
AL ROKER: "Holy Mackerel."
ERICA HILL: How do you really feel?
ROKER: "Mr. Vice President, get a load of these."
LAUER: Okay, as usual, here was the line.
ROKER: Oh wait a minute, come on, really?
LAUER: We never stayed on the right side of it before, so why today?