There’s more than one meaning of the word “intimate,” folks. There’s “intimate” in the wink-wink-nudge-nudge sense, and there’s intimate in the “close friend” sense.
Joe Biden is a gaffe machine, highlight his gaffes is my third favorite sport, (fourth during the Olympics) but I don’t think that this is a gaffe. I think he meant in the “close friendship” sense, and someone is successfully trolling for traffic.
And what Biden said, evidently, when speaking at an event in Detroit today: ”I can tell you, and I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately…”
Maybe they should be.