Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has had plenty of odd moments during his campaign so far. His initial rollout video was bizarre, his debate performance sometimes borders on incoherent, and when he's confronted about his lackluster climate policy his response is usually a dismissive non-sequitur like, "Thank you for admiring me." That's not even taking into account the unintentional gaffes, things that can't reasonably be held against a person but that voters might find off-putting regardless, like the time he seemed to burst a blood vessel in his eye while at a climate change town hall on CNN.
It's not clear how to categorize the latest confusing Biden moment. On Saturday, he kicked off his extremely Boomer-themed "No Malarkey" tour, an eight-day, 800-mile campaign event throughout Iowa. His wife, Jill Biden, introduced him on stage at the start of the event, and shortly after a perplexing photo started making the rounds.
At a glance, it definitely looks like the former vice president—at a public event and in front of human people—is nibbling his wife's finger like a goldfish at feeding time. But the Internet has produced doctored photos before, and maybe a video of the event will clear things up?
Nope, he's definitely trying to take a bite out of her, or whatever the equivalent of a bite is when it's entirely lips. This probably won't alienate anyone who wasn't already put off by Biden's habit of getting into women's personal space. It admittedly looks more funny than creepy in the video, and for all we know this is normal behavior between the Bidens when they aren't in public. But the images from it are jarring nonetheless.
Former president Barack Obama reportedly tried to dissuade Biden from running earlier this year. His former running mate's words are just as applicable to Biden's public displays of affection: "You don’t have to do this, Joe. You really don’t."
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Originally Appeared on GQ