One Last Time: Obama and Biden

It’s a bromance for the ages –  a story of friendship through some of the best times a person can go through and some of the worst, a tale of two fun-loving but brilliant men running the free world and sharing a laugh at the same time. Yes, today is all about President Barack Obama and his bro for life, Vice President Joe Biden.

So much of Joe Biden’s character is rooted in lightness and positivity that it almost feels inappropriate to introduce him with a discussion of darkness. Still, Joe has known more of it that anyone should. When Joe was still just a young senator, husband and father, his wife Neilia and baby daughter Naomi were killed in a car accident a week before Christmas. Years later, while serving as Vice President, Joe lost his young, accomplished and beloved son Beau to brain cancer. Through that trial President Obama was Joe’s closest colleague and chosen brother. True to form, Joe has stood for goodness and light through it all. It’s exactly that true camradery, through light times and dark, that has lead the Obiden friendship to be possibly the most-memed buddy duo in our day. We all love the hilarious captions and imaginary in-jokes online, but even the undoctored photos show the close and joyful relationship between POTUS and VPOTUS.

Whether they’re Let’s Move-ing throughout the White House, making each other friendship bracelets, checking in on their children’s and grandchildren’s first slumber party together or ending their White House run with a surprise Medal of Freedom ceremony, we have learned a lot about friendship from these two leaders, friends and brothers.

Barack and Joe share a laugh at the Windmill Ice Cream shop in Pennsylvania. August, 2008.

Barack and Joe share a laugh at the Windmill Ice Cream shop in Pennsylvania. August, 2008.

Everyone knows Joe and his other love affair with ice cream, but when he can bring his brother along for a cone, that’s like bringing your significant other home to your parents.

You’re right, Joe. Passing health care reform IS a big fucking deal. March, 2010.

Barack and Joe react to a speech made by Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen at a St Patrick's Day reception. March, 2010.

Barack and Joe react to a speech made by Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen at a St Patrick’s Day reception. March, 2010.

Also their possible engagement photo.

Barack, Joe and Hillary Clinton share a laugh in the Oval. January, 2012

Background on this photo, per Pete Souza: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had just accidentally dropped all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug and she, the President and Vice President all reacted in a way that indicated that surely I wouldn’t get a photo of that to embarrass her.” #ImStillWithHer #ImStillWithThem

Joe attempts to block Barack as they wait before the STOCK Act signing event. April, 2012.

Joe attempts to block Barack as they wait before the STOCK Act signing event. April, 2012.

These two actually like each other.

Barack and Joe courtside at the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team and Brazil during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game on July, 2012.

Barack and Joe courtside at the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team and Brazil during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game on July, 2012.

They’re bros through and through.

President Obama brags about Joe Biden's granddaughter Maisy during a visit to the USA Women's basketball team. August, 2012.

President Obama brags about Joe Biden’s granddaughter Maisy during a visit to the USA Women’s basketball team. August, 2012.

They’re such fam that POTUS brags about Joe’s grandkids FOR HIM. Multi-generational cuteness alert: Maisy and Sasha are reportedly close friends and played on their school basketball team together.

Barack and Joe hang out before a campaign rally in New Hampshire. September, 2012

Like, really like each other.

Election Night, 2012.

Election Night. November, 2012.

Ready for four more.

Joe stands to applaud Barack during the State of the Union. February, 2013.

Joe stands to applaud Barack during the State of the Union. February, 2013.

You can always count on Joe to have your back.

Barack and Michelle chit chat with Joe and Jill before the National Governors Association Dinner. February, 2013.

Can you just imagine the double dates these four will be able to go on as private citizens?

Barack insists he's paying for Joe's lunch. October, 2013.

Barack insists he’s paying for Joe’s lunch. October, 2013.

This is when Joe and Barack took a walk to get lunch and it really hit me just how on you have to be 24/7 when you’re the president. If you watch the video of them on their little lunch date, Barack stops to shake hands with almost every person. It’s that grassroots/organizer in him and it’s so incredibly admirable. I love him so much.

Joe and Barack hold hands during a group prayer in a meeting with faith leaders to discuss immigration reform. November 2013.

This is the image that will be printed on the front of their joint thank you notes they’ll be handwriting to all their staff starting January 21st.

First of all, I think the Let’s Move campaign was a worthy and excellent program. Second, I still get a kick out of Joe helping his buddy out with this thing his wife is really into. Like, if these were just two regular dudes in the suburbs, Joe would be running a 5K with Barack after Michelle signed him up as a New Year’s Resolution push.

June 6, 2015 “The President hugs Vice President Joe Biden after delivering a eulogy during the funeral mass for Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Barack gives Joe a hug after giving a eulogy at Beau Biden’s funeral. June, 2015 .

Honestly I’ve only seen clips of the eulogy the President gave because emotions, but you can just tell that he wasn’t phoning it in as a responsibility or favor to Joe and his family. It was filled with compassion and deep sadness as if one of his own family members had died. And that’s what makes this bond so special.

Biden and Obama react to a heckler at an LGBT pride event. June, 2015.

When you’re a leader, you’re going to face criticism – some of it founded, some ridiculous. If you don’t have an inflated sense of self-importance, it probably just makes you giggle sometimes.

Joe looks on as Barack wipes away tears while speaking about gun violence. January, 2016.

Joe looks on as Barack wipes away tears while speaking about gun violence. January, 2016.

Because his pain is the other’s pain and vice versa. They showed us that humanity and friendship was alive and well in the White House. Not just in the happy times, but in the devastating, frustrating, “Americans are fucking dying out there but why can’t we ever get anything done to help them” in Washington times, too.

Aug. 4, 2016 “With some staff watching in the background, President Obama blows out candles after the Vice President surprised him with some birthday cupcakes.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Joe surprises Barack with birthday cupcakes. August, 2016.

When your boo knows you ain’t about that whole cake life because Michelle.

Joe and Barack embrace after the President gives his farewell speech in Chicago. January, 2017.

Joe and Barack embrace after the President gives his farewell speech in Chicago. January, 2017.

I’m really going to miss them. Their friendship and their leadership.

President Obama awards the Vice President with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. January, 2017.

President Obama awards the Vice President with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. January, 2017.

I mean. If you haven’t watched this whole thing yet, it’s the most American thing you can do right now.

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Autumn Memes Make Me Feel Fine: The Jobama Bromance

It’s been a week since the World Turned Upside Down™, and if you’re still kind of in a funk, I’m guessing you need as much levity as possible. Thankfully, the Internet never lets us down. I mean it does sometimes, but in cases like this, it doesn’t.

We’re continuing our series of seasonal memes with a Last Term Obama special. Most of us have been living in a nightmare since last Tuesday night, and no one knows it better than Barack Obama himself – the man who has to turn the keys over to a guy who is putting the White back in White House, if you know what I mean. When Barry gave his first speech after the results came him, he stood in the rose garden with his Right Hand Man™ by his side. At one point, good ol’ Joe did the sign of the cross, because that’s what you do when T**mp becomes leader of the free world. Meme makers took note and realized there are a lot more cute moments between Barack and Joe, and decided to take it next level by making them into a meme, specifically aimed at Joe’s disdain towards the president elect.

Here are some of our favorites, and hopefully it can put a smile on your face for a little while! #JobamaForever

 

 

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Playlist of the Month: Songs for Politicians

Generally, November is a big month for politics, with Election Day and all. But this year our November was filled with the stuff late night talk show hosts dream of. From Chris Christie to cracktown’s Mayor Rob Ford, there was no shortage of politicians to take aim at. Keeping up with the spirit of democracy, here is a list of songs we think would fit American politicians – whether they be disgraced or not.

Click here for the whole playlist on Spotify!

Traci’s Picks

Barack Obama – Can’t Get Enough of Your Love by Barry White

I feel like the President gets all kinds of Barry White on Michelle behind White House doors, and I realize this may seem awkward and weird, but let’s be honest, we’ve all thought about it. So I’m just putting it out there. Just picture him mouthing the words along with B White in the beginning…

Larry Craig – I Love the Nightlife by Alicia Bridges

We talked about this Idaho Senator last week and we’re going to keep on talking about him, even though it’s been six years since he was arrested for lewd conduct in a men’s restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport and soliciting an undercover cop for sex. Again, I’m not saying he’s gay… but… I will say that there’s a reason I picked this *disco* song that may or may not be a staple at various clubs where people of the same sex hookup… Definitely not saying that.

Joe Biden – All Eyez on Me by 2Pac

Our Vice President gets a lot of flack, but there’s a reason why Leslie Knope has such a huge infatuation with him – he’s got swag. Lots of it.

Eliot Spitzer – Still Not a Player by Big Pun

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer reportedly had at least seven sexy meetups with prostitutes from a hooker agency (it actually has a name) over the period of six months, paying more than $15,000 for their services. And that was just during the time he was under surveillence. He allegedly had been doing it for years, splurging up to $80,000 for prostitutes, first as attorney general and later as the governor. 

He resigned from his post in 2008, only to be followed by everyone’s favorite legally blind politician, David Paterson.

Wendy Davis – Who Run the World (Girls)

If I have to explain this to you, you should probably just leave this blog right now. Or if you’re from somewhere outside the U.S. and don’t keep up with American politics, just know this woman is a fierce politician who must have legs of steel.

Molly’s Picks

Rob Ford – Sorry by Nerf Herder

As Ford becomes a walking Chris Farley character, his mistakes get bigger and weirder. Running through city hall drunk? Using coke in a “drunken stupor?” Knocking over a city councilwoman like an excited Great Dane? It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine Ford doing everything in this song – then issuing one of his daily apologies. What can I do? It’s over it’s over it’s over it’s over.

Bill Clinton – Rico Suave by Gerardo Mejia

Listen, you don’t earn a nickname like Slicky Willy without being really, almost cartoonishly smooth – just like Rico Suave. Clinton’s not a big ol’ cad like the guy in this song, but some of the lyrics work pretty well for a suave, swoon-worthy politician (What? I know it’s not just me.) Seguro que han oido que yo soy educado…

Mitt Romney – Rockin’ The Suburbs by Ben Folds

Mitt Romney is squeaky-clean in that well-off suburban Mormon way. He wasn’t pictured grabbing a beer with constituents on the campaign trail, but he sure did enjoy a good ice cream cone. When he lost in 2012, SNL showed him drowning his sorrows in milk. I think a lot of Romney’s supporters were clean-living suburbanites, too. But of course, a politician has to show that he understands the problems of the common man. Or, as Ben Folds wrote “y’all don’t know what it’s like being male, middle class and white.” You keep on rocking those suburbs, Mr. Romney.

Al Gore – Big Yellow Taxi by Counting Crows feat. Vanessa Carlton

Gore’s points about environmentalism and global warming are well-taken. It’s just that his delivery – both with his environmental politics and his presidential run – is not very compelling. So, he’s pretty much the human version of a mild-mannered 2000s cover of a mild-mannered 1960s Save the Earth song.

Sarah Palin – Stupid Girls by Pink

In 2012, CNN played this song to introduce a Sarah Palin segment and a minor kerfuffle ensued. However, it does kind of … work. Pink wasn’t singing about people with low IQs, she was talking about  ladies who put on a dumb persona because they think people will like them more. I think Palin did the same thing — I doubt she’s an actual dummy judging by her credentials, but I think she thinks the stupid act is endearing. Dumb isn’t cute.