In a corner booth, Biden sat down and, after a moment's conversation, planted a kiss on the forehead of Carolyn Bauer, age 89. Bauer explained afterward it wasn't such a friendly encounter.
"I told him I'm not going to vote for him," Bauer said. "Anybody who runs with a guy with a name like that is not going to get my vote. It'd be disgusting to get a man named Barack Obama as president of the United States. No way. I mean it ... I'm going to vote for McCain and the lady."
"[Obama's] a Muslim," Bauer added. "He pretends to be a Christian, and he isn't, he's a Muslim."
That sort of thing is, to put it mildly, not something Obama's campaign wants to hear, especially where Biden was. Despite a large Catholic (and antiabortion) population, northeast Philly has been turning blue of late -- John Kerry won there in 2004 -- but it might well be key to any chance John McCain has of taking Pennsylvania. In the Democratic primary earlier this year, Hillary Clinton won the area by a large margin.