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Forum staff reports, Published January 03 2013

VIDEO: Vice president cracks up Heitkamp at photo shoot

WASHINGTON – Newly sworn in Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., got a warm, if not unusual, welcome to Washington today from Vice President Joe Biden.

Standing next to her husband, Dr. Darwin Lange, Heitkamp and her children Ali and Nathan, were lining up with Biden for a photo when the photographer tells them to “drop your hands to your side,” as seen in footage from C-SPAN. Biden took it as his cue to lighten the mood.

“Spread your legs, you’re gonna be frisked,” he quipped to the photographer as Heitkamp begins to chuckle. “You say that to somebody in North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk.”

Looking over to a still laughing Heitkamp, Biden adds with a smile, “‘Drop your hands to the side.’ You think you’re in trouble, right?”

As the group disbands, the vice president shakes Heitkamp’s hand and adds one more quip to encapsulate the event: “I’m a little too formal, I know.”

Heitkamp assumed office today, replacing longtime former Sen. Kent Conrad, who retired after 26 years in Washington.

Check out the video here http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/joe-biden-spread-your-legs-youre-gonna-be-fris