(WARREN, Ohio) — Vice President Joe Biden gave himself a new nickname Friday when he introduced himself to three Greek men seated at a table at the Mocha House in Warren, Ohio.
“I’m Joe Bidenopoulos,” Biden said.
The vice president, who is of Irish ancestry, chatted briefly with the trio telling them to “Ask George who’s the most Greek Irishman he’s ever known.”
As he made his way through the restaurant greeting customers, Biden stopped with a few people to talk about rice pudding and shared how he was surprised to stop at a Greek restaurant last week that didn’t serve the dish. But Biden made sure to leave with some rice pudding after Friday afternoon‘s stop.
“Can I get some rice pudding to go?” Biden asked.
Lawmakers embracing other cultures is nothing new. President Obama once talked on St. Patrick’s day about his Irish roots, as he did ahead of a trip to Ireland in 2011.
And former Sen. Rick Santorum, during his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, referred to himself as Senadore Puertoriqueno because of his support for the island as a lawmaker. Santorum won the Puerto Rico primary back in March.
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