Call it good politics, call it kindness, call it grandstanding, call it whatever you want: Carly Burns just calls it amazing.
The 20-year-old Granite Bay woman was sitting at home, filling out a job application, when her phone rang Tuesday.
"Hello, this is Vice President Joe Biden," the caller said.
She thought it was a joke.
Carly's mother and father, Dina and Michael Burns, the latter a partner in KP Public Affairs, had shaken Biden's hand minutes earlier at a fundraiser in the Sutter Club. They mentioned that their daughter had just graduated from the University of Oregon, had studied abroad in Tunisia, had been inspired by him, and had kept a newspaper from Election Day 2008 on the wall of her room.
"He said, 'Oh, get her on the phone,'" Dina recalled.
Biden congratulated Carly on her graduation, asked what she planned to do this summer, and quipped that her studies in the Middle East might come in handy for the Obama administration.
"We could probably use you in Syria," he quipped.
After two or three minutes, the conversation was over, a simple exchange in what seems to be an endless trail of fundraising and campaigning leading up to the November presidential election.
But Carly will never forget.
"It was actually surreal," she said. "It was amazing. I still can't believe he talked to me."