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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".