From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk
The Boston dailies continue to reside in parallel universes. Page One of today’s Boston Herald:
Hillary Chabot’s column provides the details of the Washington Maul.
Hey Joe: Try being a little less hands-on going forward
Perhaps Joe Biden is already breaking out the charm offensive he’s honed for the 2016 presidential trail and he’s code named it: Lady Killer.
The notoriously inappropriate vice president breached one woman’s personal boundaries yesterday as he swore in Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Roosevelt Room.
The gaffe-prone VP put his hands on Carter’s wife’s shoulders from behind for a long time, leaned over and whispered something into her ear, creating an Internet sensation that rippled far throughout the presidential primary battlefield.
Plug “Joe Biden” into the Googletron and you get a taste of said Internet sensation.
And that’s not even counting all the tweets that hit the fan.
Crosstown, meanwhile, the Boston Globe has nothing in today’s print edition and just this AP piece up on the web.
New defense secretary vows to protect troops’ safety, dignity
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ash Carter, sworn in Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s fourth secretary of defense, pledged to offer his most candid strategic advice and carefully consider decisions about sending troops into harm’s way.
Vice President Joe Biden issued the oath of office from the White House, on a Bible held by Carter’s wife, while most of the federal government was closed because of snow. Biden said Carter faces ‘‘many tough missions,’’ ranging from battling Islamic State militants and strengthening the NATO alliance, to technological advancements and budget cuts.
‘‘This is the guy that fits the job,’’ Biden said, calling Carter a ‘‘profoundly capable manager.’’
Just not capable of protecting his wife’s dignity, eh?