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!