The transition of power between president Barack Obama and president-elect Donald Trump has appeared to be amicable, if not slightly awkward. For many of the people Trump will soon lead, acceptance has been rockier. Those seeking to balance those facts are turning to a familiar fountain of joy: Vice President Joe Biden.
Obama’s political grace guarantees that his final days in office will be full of restraint and olive branches, but it’s Biden who is providing Trump skeptics some small relief. Obama delivered his post-election speech with Biden at his side. While the president urged the nation to stay hopeful and united, Biden provided much needed comic relief; the two walked away with their arms around each other’s shoulders.
Biden’s fans have moved beyond these small, sweet moments. Post-election, Twitter users are crafting their own fiction of the vice president scheming to make life a little harder for Trump.
Joe: I hid all the pens from Trump— The Hashtagonist (@TheHashtag0nist) November 12, 2016
Joe: Because he bringing his own.
Joe: HE'S BRINGING HIS OWN PENCE pic.twitter.com/uni3WUd4X3
The meme quickly spread, with Biden acting as a delightful saboteur, and Obama typically as his reluctant (and restrained) accomplice.
Biden: can i put whoopee cushions under all the chairs before he gets here— rudy mustang (@roostermustache) November 11, 2016
Obama: joe im on the phone
Biden:*muttering* u didnt say not to pic.twitter.com/qfjh3ffkPE
biden: cmon you gotta print a fake birth certificate, put it in an envelope labeled "SECRET" and leave it in the oval office desk— jomny sun (@jonnysun) November 11, 2016
obama: joe pic.twitter.com/UTtv1JkE5o
Biden: How do I throw everyone off the White House Netflix account? I'll be damned if Trump is gonna mess up my suggested list pic.twitter.com/UvcbA6TxEp— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) November 11, 2016
Obama: Didn't think he'd be late— Mr Sam (@Sammart123) November 12, 2016
Biden: I gave him the wrong address
Obama: Joe he's the president-elect
Biden: idgaf what they call him pic.twitter.com/6pQzOJY92x
BIDEN: What if me being a comedic figurine was enough to heal America's broken heart?— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 13, 2016
BIDEN: OK but it's at least worth a shot pic.twitter.com/scdi7JW77r
"barack please don't leave me with them"— heather (@witchyvibe) September 27, 2016
"joe you're leaving when I leave"
"oh right lmao love u" pic.twitter.com/zfIt3Bv0wl
Part of what makes this goof so appealing is the nugget of truth at its center. Over the last eight years, Obama and Biden have established what seems to be a real friendship that transcends obligation or work. When Biden’s son Beau became ill, Obama offered financial support; when Beau passed, Obama was there to eulogize him.
In periods of uncertainty, unrest, and fear, the bonds that we have with each other are essential. Obama and Biden demonstrate the best of this; they share a connection that will likely outlast their political influence. There’s something indescribably hopeful in this relationship that we can hold on to — a dream of the United States’ two most powerful people making friendship bracelets for each other like giggling teens at summer camp.