As Joe Biden and Barack Obama prepared to leave the White House back in January, a crop of memes started firing across the internet.
Best friends forever Joe and Barack were coping with their polar opposites coming to replace them in different ways, as far as the internet imagined. And this meme put it perfectly:
It was a variation on this one, which had already become a Twitter classic:
Eventually, the memes got so popular that Obama himself used one to wish Biden a happy birthday:
Now we know that Biden's a pretty good sport about the whole thing, because he just delighted everyone with a weirdly self-aware statement about the very memes that portray him as an affable idiot sidekick.
In an interview with Leslie Odom Jr, Biden said this (via the Chicago Tribune):
“You know all those memes are basically true,” Biden said, to laughter, of the internet jokes that paint him as the wacky older partner in a buddy comedy with Obama. Biden said his 19 years of seniority over his “brother” Obama meant, “I can say things to him that no one else can say.”
Okay, Joe, but that's not really what the memes are saying.
Maybe at the absolute core of the memes, they do in some way imply that Biden doesn't need to have a filter in front of Obama. That as his elder with so many years in public service, he could say things in front of the president that no one else dared to say.
But for the most part, they just made him look like a big soft dummy.
In Biden's own words: THESE MEMES ARE 'BASICALLY' LEGIT:
Thank you for your honesty, Vice President Biden.