Here's everything that got Joe Biden in trouble on Tuesday

Jon Biden gets "up close and personal" with Stephanie Carter
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Joe Biden is definitely the more hands-on half of the president-vice president team, and he is also famously prone to gaffes. Biden combined both those traits on Tuesday. The Associated Press' Josh Lederman highlights two "downright awkward" moments, the first being Biden's observation, to a room full of Muslim and African-American community leaders, that "an awful lot" of Somali immigrants drive cabs in Wilmington, Delaware.

That was overshadowed, though, by Biden's "up close and personal" moment with Stephanie Carter while he was swearing in her husband, new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Biden called Mrs. Carter over, rested his hands on her shoulder for about 20 seconds, then whispered something in her ear. "It's unknown what Biden said to Stephanie Carter," says The Hill's Eric Garland, "but his whispered message made the two laugh." Watch the vice president keeping it real in the AP video below. —Peter Weber

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.