Joe Biden's presence shuts down 35W [PHOTO]

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Vice President Joe Biden jetted into town last night for a private fundraiser at the Bachelor Farmer, the swank downtown Minneapolis restaurant owned by Gov. Mark Dayton's sons.

SEE ALSO: Biden to NoDak Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's family: "Spread your legs. You're going to be frisked"

Authorities shut down I-35W during Biden's trips to and from downtown, as captured in this photo by the Star Tribune's Glen Stubbe:

Stubbe told us the Crosstown Highway was also shut down for Biden.

Before the dinner event, Biden made a brief stop at Moose & Sadie's, where he generated headlines by telling a group of local women the number of people signing up for health insurance via Obamacare will probably fall short of the initial estimate of seven million.

"We may not get to seven million, but if we get to five or six million that's a hell of a start," Biden said.

Biden's remarks at the private Bachelor Farmer event weren't documented by the press, but a little birdie did pass along the food and drink menu:

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And then it was back to Washington, where Biden's return may or may not have interrupted the first family's slumber: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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Deborah Miller
Deborah Miller

I hope pres. B.O. postpones HIs visit until the roads thaw out.

Tyrell
Tyrell

This isn't new; they do this when ever VP or President come to town; with President they shut down both directions. They have been doing this for years. It's a reasonable step to take given the threat profile against these leaders.  

The threat isn't specific, it's general. That is, there is no specific threat they will attempt assassinate the VP in Minneapolis; but there is a threat that if security isn't consistent, someone will be tempted to try it.

Tamara Brown Legler
Tamara Brown Legler

It is not about party - it is about RESPECT FOR OFFICE. When the office was occupied by folks I didn't completely agree with, I showed RESPECT FOR OFFICE.

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

It's a sad thing, I asked seven people in the last three days, co-workers, strangers in line at shops and no one could name who the vice president was.

Dave Kjellberg
Dave Kjellberg

Respect for the office? They've disrespected the office for 6 years now. Vote someone in that deserves respect. So basically we have to kiss their asses just because people like you voted them in? Bullshit.

MrGasso
MrGasso

The Bachelor Farmer was no where to be found...

He was out On the Lamb! Glad I was totally unaware of this yesterday. What a non event.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Wisconsin is just to the East, ask them how much they love their government.

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

Surprised they aren't held in someone's house in Medina or Minnetonka. /shrug

Beva Airhart
Beva Airhart

I wish we could of seen him!! Maybe next time!!

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

Lowest labor participation rate in 50 years.  50,000,000 on SNAP,  3,600,000 on disability - and this moron is spending millions to come have dinner?  (Really fund raise).

Imagine Biden & Dayton - what a team!

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

I'm surprised Biden didn't stop by the Welfare office downtown to thank all the patrons for the votes.

Michelle Bigelow
Michelle Bigelow

Yes my normally 15 minute drive home took an hour and half and all for this twit. Can't imagine the cost to all of us for all the secret service, police and sheriff's who lined the streets of downtown so this fool could have lunch at Dayton's son's restaurant. Really???? Politics are disgusting. Do it on your own nickel.

Marcos Maiero
Marcos Maiero

Hair plugs in uptown, butt plugs in downtown.

Danielle Daul Richter
Danielle Daul Richter

Nice to know there are some Republicans left in the cities! Thanks for the funny posts.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Biden should have taken the train here (Amtrak), and used light rail and buses to get around town. He could have promoted mass transit while not disrupting so many people's day.

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

obombercare foarced me too GAY MARY! Empeechmint today!!!

Karen Peterson Mandt
Karen Peterson Mandt

Really, even if u dont agree with his politics... Show some respect people... Agree to disagree and move on...

Erin Koster
Erin Koster

@Dee -- Whoa, not okay. You shouldn't joke about that stuff.

Tyrell
Tyrell

This isn't news.  They have done it for years--with the VP they shut down the direction he is travelling, with the Prez they shut down both directions. They do it whether you like or dislike the guy in the office--Republicans and Democrats.


There probably isn't a specific threat that someone will attempt to do harm in Minneapolis, but there is a general threat that someone, if there is not consistent strong security, will try something.  A little bit of a traffic jam seems like a reasonable inconvenience to prevent attempted violence against our elected leaders.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

The only thing positive about shutting down 35W is that it made it easy to get him the hell out of town as quickly as possible.

Bridget Bradley
Bridget Bradley

The one time leadership actually decides to visit Minneapolis, and I'm away at school. Of course.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What have you ever done with your life you fat loser?  He's the Vice President.  You don't show respect because you are a rude stupid waste of a human being.  Dumb fucking assholes like you make up the Republican Party and that is why Republicans are so unpopular.  I'm sure in 2016 you will be saying sexist jokes about President Hillary acting like the giant asshole you are wondering why no one voted for the Republicans.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Can't beat Obama/Biden at the ballot box so you threaten their life.  With great people like you on their team its no wonder Republicans are a pathetic laughingstock in Minnesota.  

SosMpls
SosMpls

What's the matter? don't have $35,000 to waste. Maybe next time, (puke)

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

Respect??  While millions of Americans are jobless - this buffon spends millions on a completely unnecessary trip.

Talk about respect for all those jobless folks!

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Joe Biden thinks shotguns are great for self defense don't you know....


"Just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house." ---- Joe foot in mouth Biden

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

People don't call Michele Bachmann crazy because of a few bad statements.  They call her crazy because she says stupid shit all the time. The dumbest thing Joe Biden has ever said wouldn't even crack the top 20 stupidest things Michele Bachmann has ever said.  


 In 2007, Bachmann returned from a junket to Iraq and told her colleagues, “[T]here’s a commonality with the Mall of America, in that it’s on that proportion. There’s marble everywhere. The other thing I remarked about was there is water everywhere.”


At the November 2004 EdWatch National Education Conference, Bachmann said the “normalization” of homosexuality would lead to “desensitization”: “Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of ‘The Lion King’ for instance, and a teacher might say, ‘Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?’ The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.”



WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

@Tyrell  


 But you would have no problem if someone offed Michele Bachmann.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

You're clearly away often as "leadership," including President Obama, has been to Minneapolis a number of times. 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@exgeronimo @Truth_Teller_1 Understand the number of people with disabilities has skyrocketed under Obama.   Most of these people are not disabled - it's just somewhere where Obama told the SS Administration to 'hide' these unemployed people.

Your comment tells me you aren't very informed.   That's the problem - uninformed people can vote!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/04/08/how-americans-game-the-200-billion-a-year-disability-industrial-complex/

Tyrell
Tyrell

Au contraire, I absolutely would.  I may not agree with Representative Bachmann, but she is the duly elected representative of the 6th Congressional District and I have tremendous respect for the office.  I also have respect for anyone who is willing to serve his/her country in elected office.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@WhiteMatt No one is going to believe a thing you say since you are a racist liar.   Prove what you are saying.  Call the cops and get Dr. Thomas Johnson arrested.    Fucking liar.  Fucking stupid liar. 

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

@Truth_Teller_1


Dr. Thomas Johnson is the SS charlatan in North Minneapolis. My friend's mom works in his office and she sees his fraudulent activity on a daily basis. He's successfully put people on SS disability who claim to be alcoholics or drug addicts, people who claim to have ADHD, and those with "soft tissue" damage (i.e. "my neck hurts"). The feds refuse to investigate him because he is black.


Also, during the campaign back in 2012, he had Obama posters all over his office and a sign that read, "In order for your SS benefits to continue, you have to vote for Obama."  

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 @ChazDangerThat's funny, because when I googled exactly what you told me to, the first article said it's $1 million per year.  Seems that you were way off. And it's a small price to pay for protecting the next in line for president. 

Do you use a different "Google"?  Because it seems you have facts wrong even when you try to present your "Facts"


I think you need to change your name. How about Truth Bender?

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@ChazDanger @Truth_Teller_1 Just Google... The cost of flying Air Force Two is $22,000 an hour.  Say it's a 6 hr trijp - right there it's $130,000 + Mpls Police + Secret Service + Planning.   Additionally, he's not doing any work!!
 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@ChazDanger It's amazing how stupid these stupid lying Republican trolls are.  Now you see how Bachmann gets elected.  Lucky for us people are on to their tricks.  Stupid liars like this bozo have made Republicans a laughingstock.  

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 @ChazDangerYou have access to the books for accounting on this trip?  So Millions??? Millions of Dollars?  Where do you get your facts? YOU HAVE NO FACTS to back up your statement.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@ChazDanger @Truth_Teller_1 This economic disaster has been brewing for 30 years.   Both political parties are responsible.

Blame one party if you want.   But it still doesn't make sense to spend millions of dollars, for some figurehead, on a do-nothing trip.  

Think about how many children could get serious health care for the money 'we the people spent' for a worthless trip.

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