Joe Biden carries cash so he can give it to kids to buy ice cream, claims former body man

Joe Biden carries cash so he can give it to kids to buy ice cream, claims former body man
Joe Biden enjoys sharing his love of ice cream with the younger generation and keeps cash on hand to give children ice cream money whenever they must endure one of his political speeches (Twitter/joebiden)

WASHINGTON, DC: Although Joe Biden is well known for his reported antics when it comes to public speeches and political events, he is loved by millions of people for his humble gestures and kind attitude. Biden, like many of us, craves for ice-cream and likes to have this sweet frozen food whenever he can on the road. This was recently confirmed by one of Biden's close aides who revealed that the President tries to share his love of ice cream with the young generation at events and even carries cash to give children ice cream money whenever they have to tolerate one of his political speeches.

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"I've seen him comfort people who were in tears talking about their personal hardships, console somebody who's recently been diagnosed with cancer, honor a veteran service member with a handshake and one of his challenge coins, and also give a young person money for ice cream just for sitting through the speech - and all in the same rope line," said Biden's former body man, Stephen Goepfert.

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Goepfert, who left his duty in August this year, assisted Joe Biden at hundreds of events during the campaign and in the White House. According to Daily Mail, during a recent trip to a Los Angeles taqueria, the president was seen with a considerable amount of money. However, he left more than $20 behind asking a cashier to pay for the people behind him, rather than as a big tip. 

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on lowering costs for American families at Irvine Valley College in Orange County on October 14, 2022 in Irvine, California. Biden is touting his administration’s efforts at lowering prescription drug costs amid persistent inflation weeks before the midterm elections.
While the president is often trolled for speeches that have become famous for his fumblings and meandering stories, it is often the end of the speech that marks the beginning of Joe Biden's favorite part of an event (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Biden had to follow Covid protocols during political events and rallies but now he is is back to taking selfies with strangers and photo lines with fans and fundraisers. Besides, he has taken an interest in kids like any good politician. He unexpectedly called up two children for a Diwali reception at the White House on Monday, October 24, after he pointed out to a couple of lawmakers in the audience, Ro Khanna and Raja Khrishnamoorthi. "Are these your children?  God love you they had to be yours," he said, laughing. "Is that daddy right there?' Mommy?" he asked. "We got a lot in common buddy, we both married way up," he said, before thanking "Raja for your leadership." Biden told the kids they could get off stage if the event appeared to be monotonous to them. 

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While the president is often trolled for speeches that have become famous for his fumblings and meandering stories, it is often the end of the speech that marks the beginning of Biden's favorite part of an event. He moves around quickly, scans the crowd, and aims at his first target for a one-on-one connection.

U.S. President Joe Biden leads a group of children and family members of White House Military Social Aides out of the Rose Garden before departing on October 08, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden is traveling to Wilmington to spend the weekend.
President Joe Biden leads a group of children and family members of White House Military Social Aides out of the Rose Garden before departing on October 08, 2021, in Washington, DC (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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For instance, it can be someone like Tim Eichinger, a Milwaukee brewery owner who asked Biden a question 20 months ago during a TV town hall. Eichinger has since had a one-on-one video conference with Biden and seen the president send a couple of letters to his grandson.

There were plentiful handshakes and photos with the students on stage after Biden gave a speech on student loans on Friday, October 21, at Delaware State University. Biden invited one audience member backstage for a private photo at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington last Tuesday and autographed some of the abortion rights signs that participants had been seen waving and mugged in a handful of selfies. 

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Biden's close companions say that the 79-year-old has mastered the art of taking selfies and social media are witnessing the products of that only. Biden spent more than 75 minutes across three different rooms greeting people at an August event for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore. He received applause when he grabbed hold of a high school drum major's baton and then posed with it for a photo before the marching band.

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Stephen Goepfert (LinkedIn)
Stephen Goepfert who left his duty in August this year, assisted Joe Biden at hundreds of events during the campaign and in the White House (LinkedIn)

"He outlasts us," White House deputy chief of staff Jen O´Malley Dillon told The Associated Press of Biden´s habit of spending 30 minutes, an hour, sometimes longer shaking hands. "He´s going to take as much time as he wants," added Stephen Goepfert, Biden's former personal aide, or body man. "He just instinctually knows how to show up for what that person needs in whatever way that is," said O´Malley Dillon.

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Eichinger, co-owner of Black Husky Brewing in Milwaukee, did not think much about it when Biden promised to follow up on a question he asked the president during a cable news town hall. Two days later, deputy director of Oval Office operations, Ashley Williams called him, looking to put him in touch with Biden´s economic staff for a briefing and to schedule a Zoom with Biden that ended up lasting 30 minutes.

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"I said I really didn´t expect them to do that," Eichinger recalled. "She said `No, that´s not how he is. When he says something, he expects us to follow up and to keep that relationship going.´" Eichinger and his family later toured the White House over Christmas. Biden even sent Eichinger's school-aged grandson a letter praising his violin playing after Williams showed him a video that he had sent. "I'm just one of 330 million people out here," Eichinger said. "They continue to feel that what I have to say is important."

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