A Biden Moment - NYTimes.com
Jared Sperli stashed this in politics
One of the keys of Mr. Biden’s comedic appeal is his willingness to play along. “A smart politician just goes with it,” said Ted Widmer, a historian at Brown University and a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. Mr. Widmer said the vice president’s embrace of the Onion’s fixation on him shows a level of acceptance that other politicians can learn from. “These things can’t be stopped anyway,” Mr. Widmer said. “It’s a virus, out of control. So you might as well participate and have fun. It shows a quality of humanity.” This was on shiny display last week — like a showroom Corvette — as The Onion released its e-book autobiography of Mr. Biden. The Onion Biden — a k a “Diamond” Joe Biden — participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread to promote “The President of Vice.” To top that, the vice president himself — the real precious cargo! — tweeted in, declaring “#imavetteguy” to his Onion alter-ego. This was later re-tweeted by the president’s account.