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Joe the Bro: We All Love Joe Biden Because We Just Can’t Help it

By: Anna Junko, Section Editor for Student Literature and Art (

If you watched President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, you probably saw this:

Courtesy of Gawker

Which made me truly realize how much I  love Joe Biden.

This isn’t the first time that Biden has been charismatic during a somber situation. In fact, it seems like he truly can’t help screwing around during stuffy, bureaucratic functions. His boyish grin illuminates the dullest lectures.

I mean, Dick Cheney certainly doesn’t get many sitcom cameos. He is too boring.

I can’t quite put my finger on what makes Biden so unbelievably likeable. I think most of us can admit that we only vaguely know what he does in his day-to-day life, and frankly, I don’t really care. All I know is that I love him and can’t wait to see him do more. Plus, he’s impervious to criticism because it truly seems like he just doesn’t give a f***.

For example, during the 2012 presidential campaign, Joe’s wife, Jill Biden, introducing her husband to a crowd in New Hampshire, committed a tragic double entendre:  “I’ve seen Joe up close,” she said, holding her hands about two feet apart.

Joe Biden, sitting behind her, immediately began to giggle  and then shrugged to the audience with wide smile. It may just be that I’m a sucker for penis jokes during presidential campaigns, but it’s something every American needs to see.


Biden also isn’t a stranger to TV, making an appearance on Parks and Recreation in 2012. Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, summed up Biden’s charm up quite nicely. When asked what her ideal man looked like, she simply replied, “He has the brains of George Clooney in the body of Joe Biden.”


The Onion has capitalized on Biden’s overall bro-yness, writing headlines such as, “Frantic Biden Searching Dog Shelter for Bo Look-Alike,” or “Biden Clenches Plastic Beer Cup in Teeth to Free Hands for Clapping.”

Joe Biden is a refreshing change from typical day-to-day American politics because he actually seems human. What a concept.


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