If there's one thing that unites Americans of all political persuasions, it's that everyone enjoys watching Vice President Joe Biden.
Please note with care that I did not say that Americans of all political persuasions like Joe Biden or agree with Joe Biden -- simply that they enjoy watching Joe Biden. His most ardent fans love his lack of filter and his giddy panache. His fiercest critics love watching out for those moments where he shoots from the hip and ends up in Gaffe Town. And Biden himself clearly just likes flirting with old ladies and getting high-fives and hugs. So, I think this makes the case for having a camera on Joe Biden at all times, because he is sort of a cross between America's fun uncle and a one-man basket of Shiba Inu Puppies learning to walk for the first time.
Well, if you want this bad enough, hie thee hence to the White House's "We The People" petition website, because -- in keeping with the way that site has slowly evolved from a well-intended means of cutting ordinary Americans into the political process to its new role as a government funded means of expressing America's wild and woolly id -- there is now a petition that seeks to "authorize the production of a recurring television program featuring Vice President Joe Biden.
The petition reads as follows:
Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner. We, therefore, urge the Obama Administration to authorize the production of a recurring C-SPAN television program featuring the daily activities and interactions of the Vice President with elected officials, foreign dignitaries and everyday American families. Such a program would educate the American public about the duties and responsibilities of their Vice President, while providing a glimpse of the lighthearted side of politics even in the midst of contentious and divisive national debates.
All of which is very sincere and earnest, but let's not kid ourselves -- the precipitating event for all this Biden love wasn't his efforts to create a bipartisan agreement on the "fiscal cliff" -- though he put in long hours on that job. Rather it was the long period of time he spent in the Senate yesterday, funnin' around as he swore in Senators:
At the time of this writing, the petition
needed has only 256 signers to force the White House to respond to the request.
You know you want it.
CORRECTION: I mixed up the columns of "signatures needed" and signatures obtained on the petition page in my original piece on this matter. The error has been struck-through and corrected. As of this writing, the petition has 1,630 signatures. I regret the error.
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"Oops!...I Did It Again" (Britney Spears)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/23/a-big-fucking-deal-bidens_n_509927.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(May 23, 2010) --</strong></a> As President Barack Obama prepared to announce the passage of his landmark health care legislation, Vice President Joe Biden had a memorable slip of the tongue, dropping an F-bomb on live television. "This is a big f*ck*ng deal," he said. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
"Cleanin' Out My Closet" (Eminem)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/28/biden-team-apologizes-to-scott-powers-closet_n_841313.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(March 28, 2011) --</strong></a> A journalist covering Biden's appearance at a Florida fundraiser found himself in a sticky spot. The vice president's communications staff kept <em>Orlando sentinel</em> reporter Scott Powers in a closet prior to Biden's speech for Bill Nelson. The VP's team offered its "sincere apologies" to Powers "for the lack of a better hold room." (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
"Sleeping With The Television On" (Billy Joel)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/13/joe-biden-sleeping-asleep_n_848862.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(April 13, 2011) -- </strong></a> Was Biden catching some z's? Cameras appeared to catch the vice president dozing during President Obama's speech at George Washington University.
"Save Me, San Francisco" (Train)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/19/joe-biden-giants-super-bowl-san-francisco_n_1216101.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(Jan. 19, 2012) --</strong></a> During a speech in San Francisco, Biden made an embarrassing error with the city's sports teams. In advance of the 49ers' NFC Championship game with the New York Giants, Biden said: "The Giants [are] on their way to the Super Bowl." His confusion possibly stemmed from the fact that the San Francisco's Major League baseball team is also called the Giants. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
"Thanks For The Memories" (Fall Out Boy)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/28/joe-biden-mitt-romney-jobs_n_1385906.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(March 28, 2012) --</strong></a> While campaigning in Iowa, Biden blasted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's record on jobs. He charged that Romney is "consistently wrong" on manufacturing, pointing to a photo album factory that closed under Bain Capital's watch. "Mitt, thanks for the memories," Biden quipped. (Photo by Andrea Melendez-Pool/Getty Images)
"Say My Name" (Destiny's Child)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/28/biden-dr-pepper_n_1385982.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(March 28, 2012) --</strong></a> On another Iowa campaign stop, Biden flubbed the name of a local school leader, referring to Scott Community College President Dr. Theresa Paper as "Dr. Pepper." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
"Feeling Good" (Michael Bublé)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/06/vice-president-biden-gay-marriage_n_1489235.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(May 6, 2012) --</strong></a> In an interview with NBC's "Meet The Press," Biden announced his support for gay marriage. "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," he said.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/10/joe-biden-gay-marriage-apology_n_1507939.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(May 10, 2012) --</strong></a> Immediately before Obama revealed his own support for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/obama-gay-marriage_n_1503245.html" target="_hplink">gay marriage</a>, Biden apologized to the president for making his announcement ahead of the president's moment. The AP reported that the duo met in the Oval Office, where Obama accepted Biden's apology, knowing that the VP was speaking from his heart. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
"Feel Like Makin' Love" (Bad Company)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/joe-biden-chains-remark_n_1776463.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(July 11, 2012) --</strong></a> At the National Council of La Raza's annual conference, Biden turned heads with a sex joke surrounding his home life growing up. "By the way -- having your grandpop living with you, having your great aunt, your uncle, for real," Biden remarked. "Those walls were awful thin. I wonder how the hell my parents did it. But that's a different story." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
"The Chain" (Fleetwood Mac)
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/joe-biden-chains-remark_n_1776463.html" target="_hplink"><strong>(August 14, 2012) --</strong></a> At a campaign rally in Virginia, Biden accused Romney of looking to loosen regulations on Wall Street. "They're going to put y'all back in chains," Biden told the crowd, turning heads. Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said the comment was "not acceptable in our political discourse," while Maryland Gov. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/19/martin-omalley-joe-biden-chains_n_1806604.html" target="_hplink">Martin O'Malley</a> added that it was an "indelicate choice of words."