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

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

->''"[[WithDueRespect With all due respect]], that's a [[CatchPhrase bunch of]] [[CurseOfTheAncients 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.''' (November 20, 1942-), or just Joe. He 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]].

!!Tropes pertaining to Mr. Biden:

* AerithAndBob: Compare Barack Hussein Obama to Joseph Robinette Biden.
* 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''.
* BodyLanguage: He expressively uses body gestures A LOT when he talks. He especially likes to use his hands.
* TheBusCameBack: After his disastrous 1988 campaign, he dipped his hand into the 2008 primary, and was ultimately chosen as VP.
* 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: His most common defense against criticism is to HandWave it as "a bunch of malarkey". There were bets on how soon he would use the phrase against Paul Ryan in the VP debate. It was used in one of his first responses of the night and against Creator/DonaldTrump in his 2016 Democratic convention speech.
* CheshireCatGrin: The 2012 VP debate has been described as being between Paul Ryan and Biden's teeth.
* 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: His Ray Ban Aviators which are bordering on becoming his trademark.
* CloudCuckooLander: Turning him into this (with Obama as the StraightMan) is a very popular meme.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He did markedly better than many expected in the VP debate before the 2012 election, despite his reputation for OpenMouthInsertFoot.
** It was Biden's strong performance in the 2012 VP debate that saved Obama's reelection campaign. In the preceding first presidential debate, Obama gave a wooden, lackluster performance and was quickly buried by Mitt Romney. With the Romney campaign closing in on Obama's lead, Given Biden's bumbling reputation combined with Paul Ryan's reputation as a calm, eloquent debater, the Romney campaign was widely expected to steamroll to another victory and draw even with Obama. However, when the opposite occurred, it halted Romney's momentum and largely vindicated Biden, who before then was generally seen as TheLoad to Obama's campaign. Obama then delivered a much stronger performance in the second presidential debate, which carried him to an election day victory.
* 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.
* DarkHorseVictory: His first Senate election in 1972: The incumbent Senator [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Caleb_Boggs J. Caleb Boggs]] was considering retiring, and the only two Republicans running were tearing each other apart in the primary. UsefulNotes/RichardNixon stepped in and convinced Boggs to run again, and no one other than Biden tried running against him. His zero dollar campaign was run primarily by his sister Valerie. He trailed Boggs as far as 30%, but come election day he won by 50.5% to Boggs 49.1%, by only 3162 votes.
* {{Determinator}}: After the death of his wife and daughter he threw himself into being a single father to his sons, commuting one and a half hours from Wilmington, Pennsylvania, to DC everyday so that he'd be able to take them to school in the morning and tuck them in at night.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Asked his wife Jill to marry him ''five times'' before Jill finally said yes. They've been HappilyMarried for over thirty years.
* FanNickname: Joey B, Diamond Joe.
* GeniusDitz: A lot like the former President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush in this regard. Both men have top-notch education and are pretty book-smart...nevertheless, they both seem to suffer from an occasional OpenMouthInsertFoot syndrome.
* HappilyMarried: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEG-t9Sd2Ac&feature=player_embedded Oh boy is he ever.]]
* HeroicBSOD: He admits that he could barely function after his first wife and daughter were killed and would spend hours wandering around rough neighborhoods looking to get into fights. It took him a while to realize that he needed to snap out of it and take care of his sons.
* HiddenDepths: Yeah, he has a reputation for being a bit of a goof with foot-in-mouth disease, but he's also spent four decades in Washington and is shockingly well-versed on, among other things, foreign policy. See also: his trouncing of Paul Ryan in the VP debate. When Joseph Biden decides it's time to be serious, whatever's in his path usually gets ''steamrollered''.
* HonorBeforeReason: How he lost his 1988 Presidential candidacy. At the same time he was running for the Democratic nomination for President in the primaries, he was also the head of the Senate confirmation hearing for the appointment of the highly controversial judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, an appointment Biden found himself increasingly opposed to. As the primary campaign was heating up, Biden was publicly accused of plagiarism. Biden's advisers warned him that he could save his candidacy by taking the time to effectively refute the false plagiarism charge, or he could take the time and effort needed to keep Bork out of the Supreme Court, but he couldn't do both. Biden chose to withdraw from the Presidential race. He did successfully keep Bork out of the Supreme Court.
** Notably, the decision to drop out might have saved Biden's life as well. Roughly about the time the plagiarism scandal first surfaced, Biden began having severe headaches, including one that forced him to stop a speech for 15 minutes before resuming it. By February 1988 (roughly about the time of the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary), Biden [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden_presidential_campaign,_1988#Aftermath suffered his first brain aneurysm]], requiring surgery and seven months away from the Senate to recover, leading many to speculate that had he not been forced to drop out; he very well may not have survived.
%%* IWasQuiteALooker: Dude was ''handsome'' in his [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7vu-YqcZpY8/UHx1VyaTuAI/AAAAAAAABTU/aSKYeuif_BY/s1600/Young+Biden.jpg younger days]].
* LaughingMad: How many on the right saw his performance, which had him frequently laughing at Paul Ryan, in the 2012 Vice-Presidential debate.
* TheLoad: Was largely viewed as this to Obama's reelection campaign before he soundly beat Paul Ryan (who was widely considered to be a superior campaigner) in the 2012 VP debate.
%% He technically has more seniority than current President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, and thus if he weren't already VP after UsefulNotes/DanielInouye died, ''he'' would be the President Pro Tem.
* LoopholeAbuse: One of the qualifications for Senator is that you must be 30 years old, Biden wasn't 30 when he was elected, but he was when he was sworn in. To be fair, he isn't [[UsefulNotes/HenryClay the first]].
* TheLostLenore: His first wife Nielle, who was killed in an auto accident along with their daughter Naomi in 1972. Joe always takes the day off on the anniversary of the accident.
* MemeticBadass: Portrayed this way by Website/TheOnion.
* MemeticTroll: Portrayed as this by social media as of late. [[http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-barack-obama-joe-biden-tweets/ Here's some examples.]]
* OlderSidekick: 74 years old and started his political career 44 years ago.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Biden has had a tragic history of this, first losing his one-year-old daughter Naomi in the same 1972 auto accident that killed his first wife, and then his eldest son Beau to brain cancer in 2015.
* PapaWolf: Dead his son may be, but if you disrespect his memory, you will feel his wrath. [[http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/06/23/joe-biden-s-beef-with-bill-ackman-sparks-heated-exchange-and-presidential-chatter.html Just ask Bill Ackman.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: See his above quote about the passage of the healthcare bill. It punctuated just how much of a landmark the ACA was at the time and ended up being a much-repeated quote for the next several days.
* RailEnthusiast: A vocal supporter of UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}}, he regularly commuted by train from his home in Delaware to Washington during his time in the Senate. Amtrak responded by naming the Wilmington train station after him and would even delay departures by several minutes just so that Biden could make it home. When Obama announced his ambitious UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail project, Biden was often seen during announcements and perfectly gleeful and giddy when any progress could be reported.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Obama's Blue. In the 2008 VP debate, the Blue to SarahPalin's Red; and in the 2012 debate, the Red to Paul Ryan's Blue.
* RousingSpeech: Known for giving these, though the speech he gave in favor of UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton at the 2016 Democratic convention eviscerating Creator/DonaldTrump brought down the house.
* SayingTooMuch: He's got a big reputation for this. Almost every spoof of him uses this as the primary joke.
* SecondLove: Just weeks after his initial election to the Senate, he lost his wife Neilia and one-year-old daughter in a car accident, which sent him into a depression spiral that lasted for several years. He credits meeting second wife Jill three years later with giving him an interest in life again.
* 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''.
* SilverFox: Dude was handsome, dude is ''still'' handsome!
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.10494926.1433174756!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/display_600/image.jpg His sons Hunter (left) and Beau (right)]] are dead-ringers for him.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Was regularly equated to UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush's RecklessSidekick Vice President DanQuayle before his strong performance in the 2012 VP debate.
* TheTeetotaler: His family had a long history of drinking problems, so he swore off alcohol altogether.
* WhatAnIdiot: During a live interview on national television discussing the administration's attempts to ban automatic rifles, he committed one of his more notorious gaffes when he said that a woman facing a home invasion should simply [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety fire both barrels of a double-barrel shotgun out the door]] to scare away the intruder(s). Never mind the fact that this method would be ''very'' tactically unsound ''and'' violates ''all'' the rules of firearm safety, it also constitutes Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, ''which is a felony in all 50 states.'' Needless to say, the national ban effort failed miserably.