VP strolls through the cobblestone streets of Istanbul’s Samatya Square neighborhood, gets a “good price” at the fish market.
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VPOTUS neighborhood visit
On a gorgeous sunny Sunday, VP Biden left the Hilton Hotel for a walkabout in an Istanbul neighborhood (some basic details from WH below). En route, his motorcade rolled along the coast of the Sea of Marmara, with the minarets of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia looming on the hill above.
The VP, wearing a blue blazer, open-neck shirt and aviator shades, strolled up a cobblestone street lined with fish stalls. He stopped at one, out of earshot of the pool.
As the VP resumed his amble, another fish-monger called out, saying he’d give him a good price. Biden, who was by now clutching a plastic bag, said, “I already got a good price.”
VP shook hands and waved at passersby, including some peering down from their windows. He stopped again to greet a young boy. “Come visit me in the White House,” he said.
The boy’s father replied, “But how are we going to get there?”
A few steps later, he stopped at a fruit stand, flashed a small wad of lira, and bought oranges, tangerines, and other fruit. He tossed a tangerine to the same boy he had greeted earlier; the boy made a perfect catch and smiled with delight.
After that, the VP stopped by a pastrami and honey market.
Justin Fishel of Fox engaged the VP in a brief chat, asking him how his day was going.
“You can tell I’m eating whatever I can eat,” Biden replied.
Asked what he was buying, the VP said, “I got some sweets, I got some fruit, I got some olives, some cheese, and the ambassador ate all the fish.”
That was a reference to US Ambassador Frank Ricciardone, who had been busily noshing as he walked.
Was the VP taking anything back for the wife?
“Well, knowing Franny and the plane and you on it, you probably will eat it all on the way back,” he said (Fran Person is his body man)
“Only if you share,” Justin shot back.
“I’m happy,” Biden said. “I’m gonna share.
The VP then headed into the Develi restaurant, where he is lunching privately with Greek religious leaders, including Father Alex Karloutsos from New York and Andy Manatos, a prominent Greek-American.
Pool is holding on another floor of the same restaurant.
WH details on neighborhood:
The Vice President will visit Samatya Square, a traditional Istanbul neighborhood. Samatya is in the Fatih district and represents a “mosaic of life” in Istanbul, having been home to Turks and various minority groups for centuries. The neighborhood includes many traditional small local vendors: grocery shop, butcher, fish stand, bread maker and more.