Starring: 'Middle Class Joe'
January 4th, 2013
04:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Starring: 'Middle Class Joe'

(CNN) – While it sometimes seems like Joe Biden is already the star of his own show, a new petition to the White House wants the vice president to take part in a TV program that spotlights his "daily activities."

"Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner," the petition states. It goes on to pitch the production of a "recurring C-SPAN television program featuring the daily activities and interactions" of Biden with other elected officials.

If the online petition, created through the White House website's "We The People" program, garners 25,000 signatures, the White House is required to respond. As of Friday afternoon, the petition had more than 450 signatures on its first day.

The petition's authors say the show would educate the public about the vice president's responsibilities and provide a slice of the "lighthearted side of politics."

While the petition will likely lead to nothing, one can't help but wonder what a Biden-themed reality show would look like. To be sure, it would lack any dramatic rose (garden) ceremonies, house parties or stomach-turning competitions –but who knows? Maybe "Keeping up with Joe Biden" or "America's Next Top (President?)" could get a few ratings.

Perhaps the petition's authors are fans of the vice president's larger-than-life personality. Known for his gaffes, Hollywood smile and dramatic performances on the campaign trail–he often dubbed himself "Middle Class Joe" during speeches–Biden has become quite the character in modern day politics.

A classic example came Thursday, when–on the first day of the new Congress–Biden turned up his widely-noted charm while meeting family members of new senators at their ceremonial swearing in. He made headlines for his quirky lines and faux-flirtations with many of the lawmakers' elderly mothers, tenderly kissing their cheeks and tempting a few of them to "ruin their reputation" by standing especially close to him in group photos.

And with 40 years of experience in Washington, he knows a thing or two about how things work in the nation's capital.

However, not everyone would agree that Biden brings such star power. According to a CNN/ORC International survey released late last month, Biden's approval rating stands at about 54%, while 40% of adult Americans disapprove of the way Biden handles his job.

But Biden is certainly no stranger to a television crew. He had a primetime cameo in NBC's "Parks and Recreation" this fall. He's also made multiple appearances on late night comedy shows over the years, in addition to political news programs.

He even had a few lines in a 1992 episode of the PBS children's program: "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"

Maybe a return to publically funded television could be added to the vice president's schedule. But that all depends on if 25,000 people would actually want to watch it.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    I would NOT be surprised if he becomes the president in 2016.

    January 4, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Randy

    What a joke these two baffoons have turned our Goverment into. Its sad it really didnt need much help to get there.

    January 4, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Well if a show is introduced, I sure hope it's uncensored. I want to hear Joe go pottymouth on republicans.

    January 4, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Current VP is a gregarious humble and honest regular guy who doesn't always say things right, but always says what he means, and seems to try to get along and respect everybody, and has devoted his life’s work to public service – that's Joe.
    Then there is the former VP – Dick, who is almost the exact opposite of Joe.
    Amazing how both of their names are so fitting and accurately descriptive of their personalities.
    Then think how the most recent GOP VP candidates (Palin & Ryan) are so similar to Dick.

    January 4, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Well if a show is introduced, I sure hope it's uncensored. I want to hear Joe go pottymouth on republicans."

    I shared the same sentiment in my last post, but I think I was too pottymouthed about it myself cuz it got zapped haha

    Oh to be a fly on the wall while Biden puts Boehner's little "go f yourself" stunt to complete and utter shame right in McConnell's cinless bug-eyed face.....sigh.....

    January 4, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, I imagine FOX could scrounge up a few million or so giddy viewers waiting breathlessly to pounce on his every word.

    I say go for it, Joe. What this country desperately needs is humor. Judging by the "Chief Justice Roberts..." comments, America is absolutely ready for some good old fashioned liberal laughter. Bring Boehner in, too. The more the merrier.

    We'll call it the Gaff – 0 – Meter / Slush ... fund.

    January 4, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    "Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner,"

    No disrespect to VP Biden, but the racists in the republican party see him as a man who actually "belongs" in the White House and they give him the attention and respect he deserves accordingly.

    January 4, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Getoverit

    Current VP is a gregarious humble and honest regular guy who doesn’t always say things right, but always says what he means.
    -------------–
    Funny how Republicans are not allowed to do that...

    January 4, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Hey! It's about time someone stood up for the middle class. Sure wasn't going to be a republican going to bat for us.

    January 4, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. DENNA

    Joe Biden 2016!

    January 4, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Catmandew

    Well it would be nice if Joe would get his partner in crime to get to work! They both belong in jail for treason! Trashing our country running good bussinesses out by over regulation,bein too liberal with our money! I still havent figured out why the media is so nice to these buffons that are destroying our country with such reckless disregard to reality!

    January 4, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. on StreetWise

    Joe the plumber sprung a leak, while Joe the middle class has a spine, humor and spunk... I'll take the ladder>>>>up away and forward>>>>>>2016!

    January 4, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. I will wait

    Although it would be interesting and probably fun, I think it would probably be looked at as giving him the upper hand in any future run for the presidency and the republicans would be demanding equal time.. and if that were the case think they should have Michelle Bachmann as their star. lol,

    January 4, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. roro

    Love you, Joe. Don't change a thing.

    January 4, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  15. Fortinbras

    If the profits go to charity, go for it.

    January 5, 2013 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  16. jpmichigan

    Mr. Biden is the most inappropriate government official , that has walked the halls of congress. He continues to grope women and then make jokes of his actions. It is scary to think that he may want to run for resident some day!

    January 5, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |