The Campaign Spot

Joe Biden, in His Element

I don’t know if we’ve ever seen Vice President Joe Biden more awestruck:

Vice President Joe Biden sits at the controls of one of Amtrak’s new “Cities Sprinter” electric locomotives at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

No, really, according to the Philadelphia newspapers, they couldn’t get Biden to stop playing with the train controls:

Scheduled for 1 p.m., the event began at 12:59, with brief opening palaver from a Big Shot from Amtrak (the customer) and a Big Shot from Siemens (the manufacturer), which should have paved the entrance of the Veep. But when he was introduced — no Biden. Awkward silence. Big-band music started up again. What guests and press didn’t know was that the Senator from Amtrak was getting his hands on the shiny, new locomotive from the engineer’s seat. It was like giving a kid a puppy. They couldn’t get him to stop playing with it.