Record breaker: The Vice President says he has traveled more than 600,000 miles since taking office...and eaten ice cream at almost every stop...
UPDATE, 9/8: The Veep indulges in his first post-Convention cone
Ahead of his Convention speech on Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden talked global travel, ice cream, and Aviator sunglasses during a pre-filmed interview with actor Kal Penn, the emcee for the evening's live webcast. The Veep said that while logging more than 600,000 miles since taking office, he's consumed a massive amount of ice cream along the way.
"Everybody knows I'm an ice cream guy," Biden said, as a video clip of an ice cream pit-stop Somewhere in America flashed onscreen.
"I don't think there's an ice cream parlor in any town that I've been in throughout the tens of thousands of miles I've traveled that I [haven't] hit one time or another."
President Obama has had loads of ice cream flavors named in his honor--Barocky Road, Yes Pecan--and Biden bragged that he has, too.
"As a matter of fact, there's a place that named their chocolate chip ice cream "Scoopy Joe,'" Biden said. "I'm a a big chocolate chip guy."
"I need to add this to my list of life accomplishments, to have a flavor named after me," Penn said.
"I'll tell you what, that's a pretty big deal, isn't it?" Biden responded.
The webcast was designed to attract the youth vote, with the pseudo-hip Penn, a former White House aide better known as one half of the stoner duo from the Harold & Kumar film series, also doing live interviews with young Hollywood stars, such as Alexis Bledel and Zach Braff. Penn worked hard to up Biden's youth appeal during their interview.
"So you're a big internet sensation," Penn said to Biden, and then back tracked a bit, noting that it's due to being Vice President. People love all the pictures on the internet of Biden in his signature Aviator sunglasses, Penn said, and asked the Veep if he had them with him, as photos of the Veep looking like a Secret Agent Man flashed onscreen.
Biden happened to have his shades with him, and popped them on as Penn whipped out a pair and did likewise.
"I've been wearing these since I was seventeen years old," Biden said, chuckling.
They ended the lovefest with a fist bump. "All right, man," Biden said.
The Campaign released the Aviator part of the interview as a promo for the webcast:
Earlier in the week, the Obama campaign released a promo video for the webcast, starring the President, Penn, and his Harold & Kumar co-star, actor John Cho.
*Video by Obama for America