Joe Cool? Biden Is Trying Hard to Be the Fun Uncle squib

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At around 6:30 on Wednesday evening, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, held up a cup filled with liquid, as if to offer a virtual cheers to viewers isolated behind their screens without saying it. 

The drink was Gatorade, because, as a state representative from Pennsylvania who introduced Biden during his campaign’s first digital happy hour reminded attendees, the former vice president does not imbibe. 

“I'm probably the only Irishman you know who’s never had a drink,” Biden said, just minutes into the event that lasted over an hour. Without much else to do while cooped up at home, others made good use of the adult beverages they have been stocking up on as bars and restaurants remain locked down for coronavirus.

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