Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday attended the D.C. Auto Show with his grandson Hunter Biden. (David Shepardson / The Detroit News)
Washington — Vice President Joe Biden made his second trip to an auto show in less than a month —taking in the Washington, D.C. auto show for about 45 minutes Saturday afternoon.
With grandkids and two of his sons in toe, including Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the vice president toured the exhibits of Detroit's Big Three automakers.
Last month, Biden attended the North American International Auto Show on a two-day trip to Detroit trailed by dozens of reporters and camera crews.
On Saturday, he mostly blended in with thousands of show-goers though he was surrounded by many heavily armed Secret Service agents as he toured the exhibits with the D.C. show chairman.
“I can't get enough of these shows,” he told The Detroit News as he got another look at the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. “I wanted to show my kids — I wanted to show the kids the car I'm going to surreptitiously buy and not let the Secret Service know that I'm driving.”
He told a product specialist at the Chevrolet exhibit that the "only reason I got through high school, college, law school was because of General Motors" —referencing the fact that his father was a GM dealership manager, among other brands. Biden also got a look at a Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee on the show floor.
At the Ford exhibit, Biden explained in detail to his grandchildren how the new 2015 F-150 would be mostly made of aluminum and be 700 pounds lighter than the current F-150 and be "tougher and stronger." Biden also sat in a new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.
He posed for photos with product specialists and stopped for dozens of photos with those attending the show — many of whom initially didn't think it was actually the vice president.
After looking at the Ford truck, Biden asked: "Is the Mustang back here?" and went to take another look at the new Mustang. He also stopped to look at C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid.
Biden stopped to look at Toyota's futuristic i-Road concept, but mostly kept to the Detroit Three exhibits.
The visit was on such short notice that Biden couldn't get into some of the locked cars on the show floor, including a red Mustang, just like the other show-goers. Automakers didn't have time to get any executives to the show.
The show remained open to the public during the vice president's visit and Biden often had to keep an eye on his young grandson. At one point he remarked the headline out of the show would be: "Vice President loses grandson."
Biden is a self-described car guy who subscribes to car magazines on his iPhone. He has lamented not driving as did his possible rival for the 2016 presidential nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
She told auto dealers this week in New Orleans that she hasn't driven a car since 1996. "One of the regrets I have about public life is that I can't drive anymore," Clinton said.