[[caption-width-right:300:[[Website/TheOnion Diamond Joe]] Biden: been Senator since [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama the last President]] was in High School.]]

->''"This is a big fucking deal!"''
-->-- '''Vice President Biden''' applying a PrecisionFStrike [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHKq9tt50O8 on the passage of the healthcare bill]]

->''"With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey."''
-->-- '''Vice President Biden''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfcQWrfkmRI to Paul Ryan's claims at the 2012 VP debate]]

'''Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.''' (born November 20, 1942), or just Joe, was the Vice President of the United States under UsefulNotes/BarackObama. [[LongRunners He is also a former US Senator (Democrat from Delaware) from 1973-2009 (36 years)]]; at the time of his election, he was just barely the minimum age to serve (he turned 30 between the election and his inauguration in January). Served 6 complete 6 year terms, and ran for a seventh while running for VP. [[CaptainObvious He won both]]. He resigned his Senate seat before he and UsefulNotes/BarackObama were sworn in. Also [[{{Mondegreen}} T.I. wants him]].

He's noted for having a rather bad case of [[OpenMouthInsertFoot foot-in mouth]] [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud syndrome]], which naturally makes him a veritable FountainOfMemes in American politics.

For [[MistakenForRacist obvious]] reasons, satirists let out a collective sigh of relief when Obama announced his pick of Biden as running-mate. He is, however, the first Catholic Vice-President.

Before leaving office, Obama held a conference [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning bestowing upon Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom]], [[HeartwarmingMoments the highest honor available to a civilian]].

Biden also made two runs for the Presidency, both of which ended very early on. The first campaign for the 1988 election ended in September 1987, when Biden dropped out due to a combination of factors, with the primary incident being a plagiarism scandal where Biden was caught quoting a speech by British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock during a campaign stop in Iowa[[note]]while Biden had credited Kinnock in other speeches, the one he did not do so in was leaked to the press by John Sasso, campaign manager for rival candidate and eventual 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Sassoon resigned under pressure only to return to the Dukakis campaign for the general election[[/note]]; combined with a related controversy over discipline Biden had received for plagiarism in law school led to Biden electing to stay in the Senate[[note]]This was around the time [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan President Reagan]] nominated conservative commentator and former Solicitor General Robert Bork - infamous for carrying out the Saturday Night Massacre - to a vacant Supreme Court seat following the retirement of Lewis Powell. Biden, at the time chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led the fight against Bork, successfully defeating the nomination[[/note]]; though by the time of the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden had suffered two brain aneurysms and would not return to the Senate until September 1988, leading to Biden and supporters suggesting that Biden could have died had he been on the campaign trail. Biden actually made it to the Iowa Caucus in 2008, but a poor showing in a crowded field of fellow Senators UsefulNotes/BarackObama of Illinois[[note]]nominee and eventual President[[/note]], UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton of New York[[note]]former First Lady and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee[[/note]] and John Edwards of North Carolina[[note]]2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee[[/note]] convinced Biden to drop out after the Caucus.

!!Tropes pertaining to Mr. Biden's appearances and portrayals in media:
%%As with all pages about any real life person, please do not add any personal tropes. This list is for his appearances and portrayals in media only.
* AsHimself:
** On the Season 5 ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' "Leslie vs. April." (Leslie Knope's [[CelebCrush crush]] on Biden was a long-standing RunningGag on the show, and the cameo was explained as her fiancé Ben calling in favors to give her an engagement present.)
** Once made a cameo on ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego''.
* ButtMonkey: ''Website/TheOnion'''s depiction of "Diamond" Joe Biden sees him as a mix of this, a FratBro, TheCasanova and TheStoner. For a list of their articles on him, see [[http://www.theonion.com/topics/joe-biden/ here]].
* CatchPhrase: Biden's tendency to refer to anything he disagreed with as "a bunch of malarkey" became so entrenched in popular culture that by the time of the 2012 presidential election there were bets on how soon he would use the phrase against Paul Ryan in the VP debate, and Biden himself seemed to {{lampshade|Hanging}} it when it was used in one of his first responses of the night in his 2016 Democratic convention speech.
* CoolOldGuy: He's very popular with younger voters, despite, or perhaps because of, his gaffe-prone personality. He's acquired the nickname [[HonoraryUncle "Uncle Joe"]] for his down-to-earth demeanor.
* CoolShades: There's quite some jokes that have been made about his Ray Ban Aviators, which are bordering on becoming his trademark. There's at least one instance of a rally he was in erupting into cheers just because he put them on, and Creator/JohnOliver on ''Series/{{Last Week Tonight|WithJohnOliver}}'' once joked that Biden's "happy place" is an image of Biden with his sunglasses on eating ice cream while holding a wad of cash (surprisingly enough, there ''is'' [[http://time.com/4408008/joe-biden-ice-cream-obsession/ an actual picture]] that shows Biden doing all those).
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Turning him into this (with Obama as the StraightMan) is a very popular meme.
** He alternately embraces and chafes at the perception of him, because on one hand it helped him connect with voters (and it did balance out President Obama's reserved nature), but on the other, he has pointed out that he is serious about policy and not just lazing his way through life on his charm.
* CurseOfTheAncients: Why some people thought "bunch of malarkey" was so funny: you don't hear it that much today, but it fits everyone's image of him as your {{Cloudcuckoolander}} great-uncle.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Potraying him and President Obama as this was a very popular meme during their time in office together, and in a post-presidency interview Obama gave, he commented that the memes were "basically true."
* MemeticBadass: Portrayed this way by ''Website/TheOnion''.
* MemeticTroll: Portrayed as this by social media in the last weeks of his tenure as Vice-President, which portrayed his as killing time before the change of administration by preparing pranks for the members of the next administration. [[http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-barack-obama-joe-biden-tweets/ Here's some examples.]]
* SadClown: He's got a reputation for being snarky/wisecracking, in spite of enduring so much tragedy in his life.
* SesameStreetCred: Once [[http://politicalsmokeout.tumblr.com/post/35579341040/a-biden-y-blast-from-the-past he appeared in a 1993 episode of]] of ''Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego''.