Biden gets too close for comfort while swearing in new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter during Carter's swearing in ceremony, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Carter, 60, is President Barack Obama's fourth secretary of defense. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Vice President Joe Biden stands with Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, during Carter's swearing in ceremony, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Carter, 60, is President Barack Obama's fourth secretary of defense. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
This photo taken with an iPhone shows Vice President Joe Biden talking with Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, during Carter's swearing in ceremony, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Carter, 60, is President Barack Obama's fourth secretary of defense. (Nedra Pickler)
Vice President Joe Biden leans in to say something to Maggie Coons, next to her father Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., after Biden administered the Senate oath to Coons during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden talks to customers, including a woman who pulled up her chair in front of the bench Biden was sitting on, during a stop at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio. Let's be clear: the biker chick in the bandana and leather vest is NOT sitting in Biden's lap. But it sure looks like it. The vice president plunked himself down with some bikers in a diner in Seaman, Ohio, this fall, and leaned in close behind one woman, grabbing on to her shoulders as they posed for photos. That's Joe. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. is kissed by Vice President Joe Biden during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. is hugged by Vice President Joe Biden during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden visits with patrons over lunch at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio. Biden buddied up with bikers, posed for countless pictures at a pizza place. Obama goes airborne in a doozie of a bear hug with a pizza guy in Florida. Joe Biden cozies up with a biker chick in Ohio. Even the more reserved Mitt Romney seems to be loosening up some with people he meets on the campaign trail. Kissing babies and slapping backs are so yesterday. The 2012 candidates are putting their all into the campaign cliche of pressing the flesh. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Vice President Joe Biden hugs Ruth Glenn, interim executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, as Biden's daughter-in-law Kathleen Biden applauds at right, as Biden arrives to speak at the National Archives in Washington to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Vice President Joe Biden, left, hugs Lilly Jay, right, a sexual assault survivor, during a 'It's On Us' campaign during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama, center, greeting guests in the front row, spoke Friday as the White House unveiled a new campaign to change the way people think about campus sexual assault. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Vice President Joe Biden, left, is greeted by Abraham H. Foxman, right, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League with a warm embrace. Biden, a surprise guest at the ADL's Centennial Gala, April 30 in Washington D.C., spoke about the agency's achievements in combating anti-Semitism and bigotry over the past century. (AP Photo/Anti Defamation League, David Karp)
Vice President Joe Biden, center, kisses a niece of incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, with McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, on the head during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hold a bilateral meeting after she was sworn in for a second term, at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes, Pool)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2013, photo, Vice President Joe Biden reacts with his wife, Jill, as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, during the Inaugural Parade during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. Biden in 2016? The inauguration is barely over but the vice president already is dropping plenty of hints that he might have another political act. Biden packed his schedule with events and receptions attended by party stalwarts throughout the long weekend of inauguration festivities, stoking speculation he may be laying the groundwork to carry the torch from Obama. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
President Barack Obama, left, and Vice President Joe Biden talk inside the presidential box during the Inaugural parade, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Vice President Joe Biden has been known to get a little "too close for comfort" in the past, and his behavior at the swearing-in ceremony for new Defense Secretary Ash Carter got the political rumor mill swirling again on Tuesday.

The vice president appeared to be whispering sweet nothings into the ear of Carter's wife, Stephanie, while the new top dog at the Pentagon addressed the challenges he'll face in his new role. Sharing a kind word of wisdom or encouragement? Probably, if the look on her face is any indication. But it's one of a string of encounters that have some asking questions about whether he's charming or creepy.

Call it Biden being Biden. Here's a refresher on some of his more awkward encounters.

Biden's exchange with the 13-year-old daughter of Sen. Chris Coons earlier this year might take the cake as most cringeworthy, but her father insisted otherwise.

"Does she think the vice president is creepy?," Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked during an appearance shortly after the encounter.

"No, Chris she doesn't think the vice president is creepy," Sen. Coons said.

Some folks thought he crossed the line when he wondered whether newly minted Sen. Joni Ernst had a big enough fence to protect her 15-year-old daughter that same day.

But his exceedingly friendly style is nothing new. Biden drew questionable glances from some bikers on the campaign trail back in 2012 as he caressed a woman's shoulders at Cruisers Diner in Ohio.

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But after Tuesday's touchy-feely moment, one might end up wondering if Ashton Carter's first order of business as Defense Secretary might be defending his wife from Uncle Joe.

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