Sen. Edward Kennedy chose Joe Biden under his wing in 1973 when elected to the Senate and presented him to the chamber’s elder statesmen.
Several of those introductions came in the locker room of the Senate, where the most powerful senators in the country change their clothes to head to the gymn.
“I felt guilty I was fully clothed,” Biden said, chuckling and covering his face in mock sheepishness. “That’s a true story. Oh God, was I embarrassed.”
Biden told that tale and others of his time with Kennedy on Monday during the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.