Biden avoids felons during visit to deli


The last time a national political figure visited Slyman’s deli in Cleveland, it didn’t go well.

The year was 2007, and then-President George W. Bush stopped in for one of the restaurant’s famous corned beef sandwiches.

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Bush posed for photos with patrons, notably one Jabra Deir, who, incidentally, was fresh off a stint in federal prison for assaulting an officer.

The Secret Service was embarrassed, and the story was big.

But political karma didn’t stop Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden rips Senate GOP healthcare bill, says it 'isn't about healthcare' Report: Biden scolded hedge fund manager over late son OPINION: Democrats are going to keep losing if they can't articulate a vision MORE from lunching, and schmoozing, at Slyman’s on Tuesday, accompanied by Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownDems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Senate Banking panel huddles with regulators on bank relief Overnight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief MORE (D-Ohio).

No stranger to embarrassing moments, Biden boldly complimented employee Sam Slyman on his muscles while patting Slyman’s shoulder, and later told workers, “I’m just hangin’ out, man.”

As he worked the room with press in tow, Biden approached two guys at a corner table for the obligatory handshake and chit-chat. “You have no way out,” Biden joked as he moved closer.

Biden and Brown then sat down at a table, presumably to order lunch.

The pair later moved on to lunch No. 2, a fundraiser for Brown in a swanky Cleveland restaurant.