Jumping out of his limousine, Mr. Biden immediately encountered Deputy Chief Brad Shober, 44, of Shanksville, who had been among the firefighters who visited him at the vice president’s residence a year ago. At the time, Mr. Shober said, the vice president gave him a ceremonial coin and told him, “Next time I see you, if you have that coin, drinks are on me.”
When Mr. Biden saw that he had the coin, he invited Mr. Shober and the rest of the firefighters to visit him again to Washington and pointed to an aide. “He’s going to call you,” Mr. Biden said, then using an expletive.
Then noticing reporters following him, the vice president said, “I didn’t know you guys were here.”
Turning back to Mr. Shober, he cleaned up the language. “This is no malarkey. You come to the White House. I’ll buy you a beer.”