Joe Biden's Plane, High-Flying Muppet Show
Between desperate attempts to pull the candidate's foot out of his mouth, aides traveling with Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden are all fun and games.
The Biden plane has become an airborne comedy show. And on a plane where the average age is 33, two political veterans traveling with the Delaware senator stand out -- not just for their age, but for their zany wit.
The duo and seatmates are veteran press wrangler Sam Myers Sr. and Mark Doyle, both legendary advance gurus for Bill Clinton. Myers, who runs his own political advance firm in Washington, is Biden's logistics man; Doyle, a Chicagoan who co-owns a Windy City steakhouse, is the ever present body man.
Their non-stop pranks and corny two-man comedic banter -- and yes, their age -- have earned them the nicknames "Waldorf and Statler," so dubbed for the curmudgeonly, uproarious duo from the "The Muppet Show."
Even the reporters seem to be getting a kick out Waldorf and Statler. Last night, according to one source on the plane, a photographer emailed around a photo to aides on the Biden plane with the subject line "nice shot of Sam and Mark on the plane."
When everyone clicked on the photo link, here's what came up:
And with Sam "Waldorf" Myers celebrating his 58th birthday today as Biden travels from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island to Milwaukee, there'll no doubt be plenty more jokes to come -- maybe even at Myers' expense, if body man "Statler" Doyle, 51, has anything to do with it.
"Forget 'The Muppets Take Manhattan,' this is one sequel that's better than the original: 'The Muppets Take Back America' -- one laugh at a time!" Biden campaign spokesman David Wade told us when asked why two muppets were traveling with the senator.
One laugh at a time, one gaffe at a time, it's all good.
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