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Joe Biden Got A Little Handsy With The New Defense Secretary's Wife

We've reached peak Biden.

Posted on February 17, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. ET

Vice President Joe Biden swore in Ashton Carter as the new defense secretary in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, as Carter's beaming wife Stephanie looked on with pride.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Then this happened.

White House / Via youtube.com

Did he sniff her hair there at the end?

While Ashton Carter spoke of "the highest honor of his life," the vice president left his hands on Stephanie Carter's shoulders... FOR 28 SECONDS.

AP/Nedra Pickler

Stephanie Carter wasn't really feeling it.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Biden also leaned in to whisper something into her ear... or smell her hair again.

White House / Via youtube.com

"This is a big fucking deal," Biden has been known to whisper.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Time for a mid-press conference massage.

White House / Via youtube.com

Secretary Carter then thanked his wife by also touching her. What exactly was her dress made of that made everyone want to get so handsy?

White House / Via youtube.com

Nothing says power like swearing in a man to run the world's strongest military and then staring right at him while your hands are on his wife.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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