Bradley Cooper hangs with Joe Biden

They even dress alike! Joe Biden, left, and Bradley Cooper. (AP Photos)

Rydal's pride and joy Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell, the director of the Delco-shot/set "Silver Linings Playbook," are meeting with Veep Joe Biden today, according to Politico.

According to Biden's aide:

“[T]he Vice President will meet with director David Russell and actor Bradley Cooper of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ to discuss the importance of ensuring access to quality treatment for those with mental illness.”

The item goes on to say that Diamond Joe Biden is meeting with Cooper and Russell to foster a dialog about mental health in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. In "Silver Linings," Cooper plays a man with bipolar disorder. Recently, Cooper and co-star Robert De Niro talked with Katie Couric about the role of mental health in the film.

Okay, here's the deal: I thought "Silver Linings Playbook" was great, but my main quibble was its rather sunny portrayal of mental illness, especially considering the emphasis placed on the main character's bipolar disorder in the book. This meeting between Biden and Cooper/Russell screams Oscar campaigning -- "Silver Linings" is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including a nod for Cooper for Best Actor -- rather than a viable discussion about mental health. If this movie is the avenue that people need to make a real discussion of mental health palatable, then I'm all for it. But, knowing Hollywood, it feels slimier than that.

That being said, Biden is a regular in Philly, often supping at Bella Vista's Saloon, so if they need to make small talk, they can always discuss Philly. In fact, Biden will be in Philly on Monday.