The Eye | Nov. 14 11:27 am EST
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Why we love Joe Biden

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This Thursday, Joe Biden will be guest-starring on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. In order to commemorate the veep’s newest role (he also showed up on the game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego when it was on the air), we’re going to highlight some of the reasons Joe Biden is the most endearing VPOTUS in a really long time (remember how the last one shot a guy?).

Two words: No. Filter.

One of my favorite things is still the clip of good ol’ Joe introducing the president when he spoke about the passage of the Affordable Care Act, when he shakes the president’s hand and stage whispers—okay, so he shouted—“This is a big fucking deal!” Some may have said it was unbecoming of a vice president to curse like that, but at least it shows that he’s passionate. 

Biden’s been at it since literally the beginning of the Obama administration, remarking that, “My memory is not as good as Chief Justice Roberts,’” while swearing in his staff. Then there was the time he said he’s known eight presidents, “three of them intimately.” Finally there was the occasion when he spoke on the president’s foreign policy and assured the room that Obama does, in fact, have a big stick.

He’s tough as nails, and might make you cry

A few weeks after he was first elected to the Senate, Biden’s wife and daughter were killed in a car accident, which left him a single dad to three sons. If I were him, I wouldn’t know what to do, but Biden, still grieving no doubt, served in the Senate, but with standing orders that he be interrupted any time one of his sons called. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Biden still doesn’t work on the anniversary of the accident, Dec. 18. This year, when he addressed TAPS, a group that provides support to anyone who has lost a loved one in the military, Biden recounted his experience with grief in an uncharacteristically touching way.

He’s a pretty good debater

The vice presidential debate was a good time for everyone to see just why Joe Biden, the guy who curses and makes a lot of unintentional innuendos (see above), got to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Even though he laughed a lot and said the word malarkey, Biden slayed at that debate, and showed everyone why he’s still the man when he told the moderator, “Facts matter, Martha,” when trying to clarify some of Paul Ryan’s points.

But really, best thing about Joe Biden is that he’s endlessly able to be parodied. My personal favorite parody of Joe Biden can be found on Buzzfeed.  Here’s to four more years of Joe Biden being awesome!




  1. dqueezy • November 14, 2012 at 11:54 am • Reply

    my ideal man is the mind of george clooney and the body of joe biden.

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    • eee • November 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm • Reply

      don’t/shouldn’t you mean the other way around??

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  2. Joe Biden • November 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm • Reply

    This is a big fucking deal!

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  3. Clayton Burns • November 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm • Reply

    A little known aspect of the campaign against the goofball is that the entire tempo changed with Joe grinding “Little Boy Ryan” up in his molars.

    In destroying “Little Boy,” Joe smirked like a wolf and crushed his low IQ opponent to tears.

    From that, unconsciously, everyone realized that Rommie was a big fudgeball, and he got exactly zero votes.

    Go, Joe!

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  4. UnionLeague • November 15, 2012 at 8:59 am • Reply

    I think Joe Biden is insynch with the spirit of Columbia. It’s true that his boss is more famous (ahemm), but the University should definitely make him Commencement Speaker and award him a Doctorate (Honoris Causa).

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  5. MMMMMM • November 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm • Reply

    Reading this article and comments leaves me wishing I could expunge my pre-2008 history. Biden and Obama both have been granted a whole new persona by a press that does not appear interested in doing what I believe their job was intended to be.

    This article and the respondents I have to assume are clueless as to Biden’s history. Just scratching the surface of a rich history, I offer the following:

    Does anyone remember Biden’s nickname which disappeared as he was named the VP candidate in 2008? He was long known as the “Senator from MBNA” (his major donor over the years) . Anyone remember his successful efforts to rewrite the bankruptcy laws at the expense of consumers and favoring lenders such as his major donors? We all know all about Levi Johnston from the 2008 campaign but does anyone know that Beau Biden, 30 something, makes his living lobbying for MBNA?

    Have you forgotten his comments in 2007 or 2008 that Obama was ” a clean and well-spoken black man”? Loveable?

    Do you know what year he ran for president (1988) and why he never got to the convention (stupidity as evidenced by plagerism). If you have no clue as to what this refers google “Neil Kinnock Joe Biden”.

    Remember his performance questioning an IAEA weapons inspector before the Iraq war in a senate committee hearing? After a long effort to get the witness to change his opinion, Biden, frustrated, finally gave up by observing that since he would return home in a limo and the witness would not, it was clear who’s opinion was more valid? I was watching CSPAN for that one.

    I remember another attempt in committee (again on CSPAN) to win a debate, when his frustration at not winning the point led him to remind all watching that he had graduated 1st in his class at law school and therefore was more intelligent than the witness. I am not sure anyone was impressed enough to concede the argument. However back then the press was not all in with Biden. It was noted in the press that it was not close to being true. He continued for a long time after that event using this “fact” in his stump speeches.

    He also often spoke of how he was the first in his family to go to college and that his father worked in the coal mines of Scranton. Neither are true (his father was a banker) yet he continued to make these claims long after they were pointed out to be lies.

    I find Joe Biden to be a tool. I have for years found the man amusing. Whenever CSPAN was showing committee hearings in which Biden was participating I would stop to watch because he rarely failed to deliver. Given his history I found his debate performance amusing not impressive and in character.

    In synch with Columbia? Really?

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