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on January 20, 2013
The President of Vice" is not satire; it does not seek to make a political statement. Instead, it is ars gratis artis, existing only to make the reader laugh. And it will.

The Onion's caricature of Joe Biden is a hedonistic stoner with an affection for muscle cars, heavy metal and, above all, babes. "Diamond" Joe doesn't think before he speaks. He's hungover. He seduces women he meets while selling CutCo knives door-to-door. He pounds back tallboys while cruising in Baby, his milk-white Trans Am. His Bloody Mary recipe is garnished with Slim Jims.

However, Papa Joe is a surprisingly round character with a friendly, endearing Puckishness that compels us to forgive all his trespasses in the Washington Monument.

The actual author undoubtedly had a lot of fun writing "The President of Vice", and one senses that he or she admires our complicated Vice President. It isn't a scathing mockery at all, and in fact it could be fan fiction. After all, we all want to slam some brewhas with Joey Scranton. He's not a mean drunk, but a loyal friend. He's not a misogynist, he loves all women and defends their rights. He's a leader, a creative problem-solver, and even a protector of animals. He's also resilient, overcoming personal, spiritual and professional hardship.

No matter how you vote, you'll laugh at "The President of Vice". Perhaps you'll even agree with God in the scene where, in a drug haze, he appears to Joe Biden and tells him to "never change".
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on January 18, 2013
You'll laugh and cry your way through one man's incredible and improbable transformation from Joey Scranton to Vice President Joe "Diamond" Biden. The author withholds nothing and spills his heart and soul onto every page of what is sure to become a literary classic. Mandatory reading for any American and all who seek the wisdom and inspiration of one of this great nation's finest public servants.
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on January 21, 2013
This perceptive political autobiography takes the notion of being "second banana" to a whole new level. Obviously a ploy to pave the way to a 2016 Presidential run, the compelling tale of Joe Biden's rise from humble log cabin beginnings to lead the Union army to victory over the South is a tale for all generations. Best read accompanied by a tallboy sixpack or perhaps any single mixed beverage as described in the chapter "Joe's Killer Cocktails", several of which will blind you for days.

Not for the faint of heart, or any other internal organ for that matter.

One quibble: Joe obviously holds back the real dirt out of deference to being one heartbeat away from the most powerful position in the world, and I'm not talking about the White House, if you catch my meaning. This reviewer can only hope that a PRESIDENT Biden will have the freedom to let it all hang out and that the inevitable Joseph R. Biden Jr. Presidential Autobiography will pull no punches.
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on February 18, 2013
Diamond Joe kills it in this memoir. Good tales of bud, butt, bros, cars, trouble, love, and redemption. Numero Uno!
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on January 25, 2013
I think I liked this even better than "Team Of Rivals." Honest Abe was never as forthcoming with his cocktail recipes as "Diamond" Joe. That's what really put it over the top.
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on May 2, 2013
If you enjoy the Biden articles on The Onion, then you'll love this. It is full of the Joe Biden-bad@ss-characterization the articles are known for. It gets old by the end of the book but still worth reading.
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on June 11, 2013
Not a "Work of Staggering Genius" but so funny and so wrong on every possible level. Hilarious and massively crude. An assault on everything holy - in other words, right up your alley!
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on September 9, 2014
Required reading for anyone who wants to vote for Ol' Joe for PresIdent in 2016. I was thinking of going for Hillary, 'cause she's got balls (really- just ask Joe...), but The President of Vice is just what Dr. Feelgood ordered!
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on May 7, 2013
This book is hilarious, through and through. I loved every page of this book. Diamond Joe is my hero. A+
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on January 30, 2015
If you love the Onion's articles on Joe Biden -- an over-grown metal-loving teenager-at-heart with tremendous appetites for cheap beer, quality weed, and copious sex -- then you'll love Biden's rags-to-riches story, told in his own words. The joke doesn't really overstay its welcome. It's a short and crude read -- and very funny if its humor is your style.
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