Vice President Joe Biden talked up the pool reporter covering him in China today to the vice president of China. According to the pool report, Biden told the Chinese VP that "he is a very important man. Seriously he is important."
Biden, according to the pool report, continued, "You should speak to him. He is the one you really want to speak to. Seriously."
The Chinese VP apparently then came up to the pool reporter and said, "Vice President Biden is a good friend to you and to me."
Via the pool report, of course:
Then an awkward thing happened in which your pool inadvertently became part of the story.
While taking pictures of the two Vice Presidents with a new iPhone 5, Vice President Biden pointed at your pool, whose name is Steve Clemons, and gestured to VP Li Yuancho saying "he is a very important man. Seriously he is important." Your pool demurred as best he could. This will surprise some but it is true.
Then Vice President Biden told Vice President Li, "You should speak to him. He is the one you really want to speak to. Seriously."
Pool froze up not knowing what to do but smile and wave a bit to Vice President Li.
As Vice President Biden and Vice President Li began to walk away towards the banquet hall door, Vice President Li Yuanchao stopped and looked at your pool and said in deep, haulting, but distinctive English, "Vice President Biden is a good friend to you and to me."
VP Biden winked the direction of your pool and the two Vice Presidents walked into the banquet hall.