The Onion has been in top form since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, bringing with him the national punch line that has become Joe Biden. The paper has depicted Biden as a hard-partying womanizer who has become an embarrassment to the president, in part because of his insistence on washing his Trans Am shirtless in the driveway of the White House.
The New York Times reports that now The Onion’s caricature of Biden will get the full treatment in an e-book titled “The President of Vice.” The not-quite autobiography will be available in Amazon’s Kindle Singles store on Friday and is slated to feature some of Biden’s thoughts on life, including religion (“God’s a pretty down-to-earth dude.”).
“Hombre, you’ve just done Uncle Joe a real solid buying this book,” reads the foreword of the “autobiography.” “I ain’t the kind of guy who forgets his debts. Next time we meet there’s a tallboy of ice cold Beast on me. And if you’re a lady, I know a few tricks to repay you with interest, if you catch my drift.”
Among the most popular Biden bits from The Onion have been, “Bounced Joe Biden Check Still Taped Up In Delaware Liquor Store,” “White House Infested With Bedbugs After Biden Brings In Recliner Off The Curb,” and “Biden Invokes Freedom of Information Act to Find Out When Woman Gets Off Work.”
During a 2011 interview, the real Vice President Biden admitted that seeing parodies of himself in The Onion provided a good laugh.
“I think it’s hilarious,” he said. “I saw the one of me washing a Trans-Am automobile in the driveway shirtless with tattoos all over myself and out there. By the way, I have a Corvette – a ’67 Corvette – not a Trans-Am.”
“With articles it’s usually smaller moments in time – his latest adventure or mistake,” said Onion editor Alex Blechman of the "autobiography." “If you go back and look at his story, you can see whole chapters of his life: his time in college; his time road-tripping to Mexico; all the hot ladies he’s hooked up with over the years.”