Newly-elected Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT), (rear) holds his baby Rider as he and his wife Cathy watch his son Owen (L) as Vice President Joe Biden jokes with him prior to a re-enactment of his swearing in by Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the US Capitol, January 3, 2013, in Washington, DC. The senator was previously officially sworn in on the floor of the Senate to begin the 113th Congress. UPI/Mike Theiler
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The Onion's favorite vice president was all smiles and jokes at Thursday's mock swearing-in ceremony for new senators. Every inch the avuncular politician, Joe Biden shmoozed and flirted with the new men and women of the Senate, their children and especially their moms. Among other moments, Biden asked Claire McCaskill if she planned to get "a lotta machine guns" to protect her daughters, and he told Sen. Heidi Heitkamp she was about to be frisked. "Spread your legs!" he said. "Need any help on your pecs, lemme know," he told one of Sen. Tim Scott's brothers.
Only one ceremony attendee managed to steal the spotlight from the chatty vice president. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who replaced retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, brought his wife and two kids along for the session. Rider, sitting in his father's arms, raised his hand for the oath of office.
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