“America’s Finest News Source,” The Onion, has had a bit of a field day with Vice President Joe Biden. And it’s been that way since day one, when The Onion reported Biden showing up at the inauguration with a long blonde ponytail. Later, writers suggested the vice president had been “quietly singing Pearl Jam’s ‘Even Flow’ during (a) security briefing.”
And then there’s the Trans Am pic, which purports to show a shirtless and tattooed Biden washing his Pontiac. What’s he think of all the attention? “It’s hilarious.”
In an interview with Yahoo!, Biden admits he gets a kick out of the mockery (and he says he does have a car he dotes on, but it’s a ’67 Corvette, not a Trans Am):
“Most people refer to me who know me, and even in the press, of being a little bit square,” Biden said. “And now, I’m the philanderer. I think it’s hilarious, the stuff they do on me.”
What they’ve done is create a majestic and amazing caricature of the vice president, known previously for less splashy exploits, like his devotion to Amtrak. As The Atlantic‘s Erik Hayden put it, The Onion‘s writers have been “painting him incongruously as something of a trashy, aging playboy.” Hellz yeah.
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