The Loudoun Times-Mirror was exclusively chosen for local pool coverage of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Mimi’s Cafe in Sterling. Per White House protocol, the photos and report from Times-Mirror Photo Editor Beverly Denny and Staff Writer Trevor Baratko were distributed to news organizations across Virginia.
Sterling, Va.—Following an election eve rally Monday at Loudoun County’s Heritage Farm Museum in Claude Moore Park, Vice President Joe Biden surprised lunch-goers at Mimi’s Cafe near Dulles Town Center.
Biden took a brief detour before an afternoon event in Richmond. The 69-year-old vice president refueled with a Mini Chopped Cobb Salad, hold the avocado. There was no word on the to-go order from Dr. Jill Biden, the second-in-command’s wife and an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College.
On more than one occasion Monday – both at the rally and the diner – Biden introduced himself as “Jill’s husband.”
As the vice president circled Mimi’s Café—with Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Tim Kaine by his side—the former senator from Delaware pressed some flesh and encouraged the customers to fulfill their civic duty by getting to the polls Tuesday.
“Tell her I said hi,” Biden said to Joe Re, a local business owner who was on the phone with his wife, a Delaware native herself.
Biden hit each corner of restaurant. Back in the kitchen, where he stepped on line with the chefs, Biden flashed a wide smile and introduced himself to what appeared a young kitchen staff.
“You guys going to make me cook back here?” Biden quipped.
After a brief separation amid the hubbub, the gregarious Bidens met each other back at the takeout window.
“What kind of soup do they have?” Joe Biden asked, before opting for the salad.
“Tell him good luck! Can I tell him good luck tomorrow?” one supporter shouted to a watchful secret serviceman.
One prospective customer, however, appeared a bit ruffled by commotion.
“So we came into a restaurant and didn’t even eat?” Justin Kelley, 10, said to his mom, dad and two sisters after stepping in, then out of, the restaurant.
Talking to the press and giggling outside on a pleasant fall day, the young Kelly didn’t appear too put off by the intrusion into his lunch plans. The Sterling family opted for something a bit less crowded.
From Sterling, the Bidens and other high-profile Democrats motored south to the state capital for a rally featuring musician John Mellencamp, a vocal Obama-Biden supporter.
In 2008, Loudoun County, like Virginia, voted Democrat for the first time in more than four decades, with 54 percent of voters casting their ballots for President Barack Obama.
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