In his first public appearance since accusations of inappropriate touching of women came to light, former Vice President Joe Biden made two jokes about the subject. He was appearing before the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington. From The New York Times:

“As he took the stage, he hugged Lonnie R. Stephenson, the union’s president. “I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie,” he said, and the largely male crowd burst into laughter.”

Several minutes into his remarks, Mr. Biden spotted children in the audience. After welcoming them to the stage, Mr. Biden wrapped his arm around a young boy. “By the way, he gave me permission to touch him,” he said, to laughter.”

Biden sounded very much like a candidate when discussing the tenure of Donald Trump.

Biden is expected to announce his decision in the coming weeks. After the event he did nothing to downplay the possibility.