Though Vice President Joe Biden will be in tonight’s debate alongside Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), “Joe Biden” will be live-tweeting the event.
OnionPolitics tweeted the announcement last night that “JoeBiden” will assume control of the account starting at 8 p.m. ET. The debate begins at 9 p.m.
Biden is one of The Onion‘s most popular parody characters. In 2009, the mock newspaper ran the memorable headline “Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am In White House Driveway.” Biden is quoted as saying, “This baby just needs a little scrub down.” A few months later, a fake radio newscast was created. “The streets of the nation’s capital remain empty at this hour and citizens have gone into hiding as Vice President Joe Biden, armed with a potato gun, stalks the city,” says the announcer.
In 2010, The Onion published a story about Biden being banned from a bar in Maryland after destroying a Whac-A-Mole arcade game.
Just last month, the paper ran an article on Biden hitchhiking to the Democratic National Convention. From the piece:
“According to highway sources, Biden, an avid hitcher throughout his 39-year political career, could be seen throughout much of the day perched on the southbound shoulder of I-85, wearing a Marlboro windbreaker and aviator sunglasses as he waved a handwritten cardboard ‘Goin’ My Way?’ sign.”
We can hardly wait to see what “Biden” comes up with tonight.