Vice President Joe Biden recalled as a boy once slamming a bully’s head and threatening to "kill" him in a speech at an awards ceremony for female leaders.
Speaking at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in New York City on Wednesday, Biden said the bully had been picking on Biden’s sister.
“We'd get doughnuts, and my dad would wait in the car. As I was coming out, my sister tugged on me and said, 'That's the boy who kicked me off my bicycle,'" Biden told the audience, the Daily Beast first reported. “So I went home, we only lived about a quarter-mile away, and I got on my bicycle and rode back and he was in the doughnut shop."
Biden described what happened next: “I walked up behind him and smashed his head next to the counter.”
The room erupted in applause, to which Biden said, "I'm not recommending it.”
The bully’s father pulled the future vice president off his son, and the young Biden recalled telling them both, “If you ever touch my sister again, I'll come back here and I'll kill your son.”
Biden added, “Now, that was a euphemism.”
The young Biden expected to be in big trouble.
“My father never once raised his hand to any one of his children — never once — and I thought I was in trouble,” Biden said. “He pulled me aside and said, 'Joey, you shouldn't do that, but I'm proud of you, son.'"
The anecdote came up during the White House press briefing, where a reporter called it a “lighter note,” and asked, "Is that surprising?”
Press secretary Josh Earnest said he hadn't seen Biden's comments and seemed a little taken aback by the story.
“I’m not sure why that was introduced as a question on the lighter note,” Earnest said to laughter in the briefing room. “I would encourage you to check with the vice president’s office, maybe they will better explain.”
TheBlaze contacted the Biden’s press office, which did not immediately respond.