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Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (November 20, 1942-), or just Joe. He is the current Vice President of the United States. 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. He won both. He resigned his Senate seat before he and Barack Obama were sworn in. Also T.I. wants him.
He's noted for having a rather bad case of foot-in mouthsyndrome, which naturally makes him a veritable Fountain of Memes in American politics.
For 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.
Tropes pertaining to Mr. Biden:
Aerith and Bob: Compare Barack Hussein Obama to Joseph Robinette Biden.
As Himself: On the Season 5 Parks and Recreation "Leslie vs. April." (Leslie Knope's crush on Biden was a long-standing Running Gag on the show, and the cameo was explained as her fiancé Ben calling in favors to give her an engagement present.)
Catch Phrase: His most common defense against criticism is to Hand Wave 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.
Cheshire Cat Grin: The 2012 VP debate has been described as being between Paul Ryan and Biden's teeth.
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 The Load to Obama's campaign. Obama then delivered a much stronger performance in the second presidential debate, which carried him to an election day victory.
Curse of the Ancients: 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.
Dark Horse Victory: His first Senate election in 1972: The incumbent Senator J. Caleb Boggs was considering retiring, and the only two Republicans running were tearing each other apart in the primary. Richard Nixon 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.
Honor Before Reason: 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.
Open Mouth, Insert Foot: When you ask a wheelchair-bound veteran to "Stand up and take a bow", you deserve the reputation for this.
Rail Enthusiast: A vocal supporter of 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.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Obama's Blue. In the 2008 VP debate, the Blue to Sarah Palin's Red; and in the 2012 debate, the Red to Paul Ryan's Blue.
Saying Too Much: He's got a big reputation for this. Almost every spoof of him uses this as the primary joke.
Second Love: 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.