Second Bananas

January 31, 2013
"Why yes, I AM an inspiration."
“Why yes, I AM an inspiration.”

As vice presidents who did not become president go, Al Gore gives hope to those who have held a job that basically consists of checking whether the president’s still alive and then going back to sleep. Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” scored an Oscar and won Gore a Grammy for best spoken-word album. Other veeps should follow the lead of the media-savvy Gore, who will speak about his new book, “The Future,” on Thursday.

Dan Quayle (1989-1993): After unsuccessfully stepping into the 2000 presidential race, Quayle retired to Arizona. He and fellow golden-years Arizonian John McCain should set out on a reality-show road trip called “Cross-Country Codgers.”

Dick Cheney (2001-2009): Go figure: Mr. Undisclosed Location is the willing star of R.J. Cutler’s new doc, “The World According to Dick Cheney,” which premiered at Sundance this month. Next, Cheney should start giving jovial interviews to the New York Times about the good ol’ days and then guest-star on “Girls.”

Joe Biden (2009-today): Op-eds are flying about an inevitable 2016 showdown with Hillary. In the meantime, Biden should pick an issue — MARS COLONY! — write a book about it, star in an award-winning doc about it and eventually build a garage on Mars for his classic cars.

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