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Your Joe Biden quip of the day, in front of the new drug czar

March 11, 2009 |  4:03 pm

Vice President Joseph Biden announces the appointment of Gil Kerlikowske as the new Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, at the White House in Washington, DC, March 11, 2009

"Thank you, thank you; please sit down. I'm only the vice president," VPOTUS quipped, after the crowd stood to welcome him in Washington today.

According to the pool report, after Vice President Joe Biden's joke, the crowd laughed.

The amused audience was there to witness the announcement of Gil Kerlikowske, the Seattle police chief, as the Obama administration's new drug czar, an announcement previewed here in The Ticket a full month ago.

We have a Ticket news video below showing Biden actually pronouncing the chief's properly.

Today's audience included LAPD Chief William Bratton; Cabell Cropper, executive director of the National Criminal Justice Assn.; Ray Kelly, commissioner of the New York Police Department; Cathy Lanier, chief of the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department; Mary Lou Leary, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime; Alfonso Lenhardt, president and CEO of the National Crime Prevention Council; and Thomas Manger, chief of police of the Montgomery County Police Department.

-- Tony Pierce

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