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Uncle Joe wants to talk to you

Let Biden be Biden: vice-president offers a glimpse into 'fascinating world'

Being Biden audio diary: you didn't ask for it, but you're surely going to appreciate it now that it's here, aren't you?

Posted by Tom McCarthy; Thursday 14 March 2013 16.20 EDT guardian.co.uk

It came true. The dream of millions of Americans to have Joe Biden's voice in their heads narrating their perceived reality – that's real now.

Vice-president Biden has launched a new audio diary on the White House web site in which he describes what he was thinking in various pictures of himself.

"Hey folks, I want to tell you about this picture you're looking at," one entry begins. "These are a couple guys in their hunting shirts that I'm serving a meal to, along with the people in the background."

The series, which is not made up but which exists as you and I exist, is called Being Biden.

"Hi everyone, this is Joe Biden, vice-president Biden," the introductory entry begins. "I wanted to start this audio series, uh, to give you all a closer look inside the life at the White House, and the vice-presidency. It's a fascinating world, and I'd like to share some of my experiences with you."

Entries so far include Welcome: Intro to Being Biden and Vol 1: The Sportsman's Ethic.

We look forward to the release of future episodes, including "Gutted: How to Field Dress an Animal that Outweighs You" and "Kierkegaard at 200: The (Un)Certitude of Faith."

Those are made up. In reality Biden might reflect on what it was like to greet the new pope, or the new secretary of defense.

As a PR strategy for the White House, the Biden diaries make sense. The audio files are embeddable and the vice-president has a demonstrated ability to win the internet. Biden is an affable figure, although his favorability rating is only barely above water.

The site invites voters to get to know Biden in a new way that feels intimate, although it is not (thank God?). It's the kind of thing you might jump at the chance to participate in, as a politician, if you were in the early stages of plotting another national campaign.

You can request to receive an email each time a new entry is added. We've signed up; we're listening.

And we bet Hillary is, too.

by Anonymousreply 703/15/2013

Welcome: Intro to Being Biden

by Anonymousreply 103/14/2013

The site:

by Anonymousreply 203/14/2013

Talk dirty to me Joe!

by Anonymousreply 303/15/2013

A fucking legend.

by Anonymousreply 403/15/2013

He is running for President with the blessing of Obama.

by Anonymousreply 503/15/2013

I hope someone remixes these.

"Hi, I'm Joe Biden... Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe Biden. Joe Biden."

by Anonymousreply 603/15/2013

Waiting for The Onion to do theirs. Are there Joe Biden voice impersonators?

by Anonymousreply 703/15/2013
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