The memes existed long before the 2016 election: imagined conversations between President Obama and Vice President Biden, accompanied by photos of the duo accomplishing a variety of activities — laughing, snapping selfies, licking ice cream, discussing what appears to be very serious and official White House business.
They chuckle; they’re stern. They look like best buddies.
And in each one, the men in their imagined conversations adopt the same personalities: Biden, the mischievous instigator. Obama, the sober adult.
[Writing the State Of The Union]
OBAMA: So I'll say the state of the union is…
BIDEN: On fleek. Say it's on fleek. pic.twitter.com/5LLGvuRTha
— Jamie Woodham (@jwoodham) January 21, 2015
Obama: I'd like to sit alone, Joe.
Biden: IMMA SIT BY YOU
Obama: There's plenty of other seats.
— Reverend Scott (@Reverend_Scott) February 6, 2015
"barack please don't leave me with them"
"joe you're leaving when I leave"
"oh right lmao love u" pic.twitter.com/zfIt3Bv0wl
— heather (@witchyvibe) September 27, 2016
But since America elected a new commander in chief last week, the Obama/Biden memes have shifted in their thematic target. Now, they’re taking on President-elect Donald Trump — more specifically, Joe Biden’s imaginary ploys to prank Trump.
Biden: Hillary was saying they took the W's off the keyboards when Bush won!
Obama: Joe put-
Biden: I TOOK THE T'S, THEY CAN ONLY TYPE RUMP pic.twitter.com/D6Vh7Zu429
— Josh (@jbillinson) November 13, 2016
Biden: Ok here's the plan: have you seen Home Alone
Obama: Joe, no
Biden: Just one booby trap
Obama: Joe pic.twitter.com/TkA6Dt3Xp6
— LOL (@TeethOnTeeth) November 13, 2016
Biden: What if we paint the Mexican flag in the office
Obama: Joe, no
Biden: I already ordered the paint
Obama: Joe pic.twitter.com/mCCh6OPQRk
— dan // pinned if unf (@tragecies) November 11, 2016
biden: cmon you gotta print a fake birth certificate, put it in an envelope labeled "SECRET" and leave it in the oval office desk
obama: joe pic.twitter.com/UTtv1JkE5o
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) November 11, 2016
Memes have surfaced featuring a defiant Joe:
Joe: I'm never calling him Mr. President.
Obama: Joe, please
Joe: Not even if there's a fire. pic.twitter.com/f9s6L11jha
— Taylor Sweet (@Tsweezy93) November 9, 2016
Biden: I'm not giving them the wifi password
Biden: I said what I said pic.twitter.com/FBScOGx9jG
— WSHH FANS (@WORIDSTARHIPH0P) November 13, 2016
And others imagine the vice president making jokes about Trump’s tiny hands:
OBAMA: What is it, Joe?
BIDEN: I MADE ALL THE WHITE HOUSE DOORKNOBS GIANT
BIDEN: NOW TRUMP'S HANDS ARE TOO SMALL TO OPEN 'EM pic.twitter.com/GMRBiev84p
— Reverend Scott (@Reverend_Scott) November 13, 2016
Obama: Did you replace all the toiletries with travel size bottles?
Biden: He's got tiny hands Barack, I want him to feel welcome here pic.twitter.com/e7NRIZ43Ww
— Josh (@jbillinson) November 11, 2016
Then there are the ones directed at the man who will take over for Biden, Indiana Gov. and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who earned a reputation in that state and now across the country for his stoicism and traditionally conservative social views:
Obama: "Joe, why are you still holding my hand?"
Biden: "I wanna freak Mike Pence out"
Obama: "But why?"
Biden: "Just roll with it" pic.twitter.com/o5KZZ0Ysgz
— thomas moore (@Thomas_A_Moore) November 12, 2016
BIDEN: So, you're gonna be the VP?
PENCE: Yes, Joe. My name is Mike.
BIDEN: Well Mike, don't you dare touch my coloring books. pic.twitter.com/Oj0cxx9FUM
— Reverend Scott (@Reverend_Scott) November 12, 2016
Biden: Mike, I don't like you, you don't like me
Pence: Let's keep this civil
Biden: Whatever. I'm taking the "World's Best VP" mug with me pic.twitter.com/NL58NBSmvV
— Josh (@jbillinson) November 12, 2016
Biden: You have some big shoes to fill
Pence: I know, being VP is a huge responsibility.
B: No, Mike. The memes. pic.twitter.com/BLZ7vhQLB8
— Luke The Supertramp (@_craw4d4_) November 11, 2016
For his part, Biden has provided the Internet plenty of fodder. The man’s favorite word is malarkey, he has a propensity for verbal missteps (The Washington Post even created a Joe Biden Gaffe-o-Meter) and he seems to lack the ability to control all facial expressions — at debates, State of the Union addresses and even super important speeches delivered by President Obama from the White House.
President Obama: Donald Trump is our next President.
Joe Biden: pic.twitter.com/RTaBi2iaNK
— Student Problems (@FactsOfSchool) November 10, 2016
Despite his fun-loving Uncle Joe nickname, Biden has actually been called one of the most influential vice presidents in the country’s history. As The Post’s Joel Goldstein wrote in July, “Biden negotiated various budget deals with Republican leaders and managed the economic recovery plan and the Iraq disengagement.” And Biden has led the administration’s fight against campus sexual assault, including writing a widely read open letter to the young woman who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner.
Nevertheless, it’s the vice president’s laid-back personality and mischievous sense of humor that has won America’s hearts during his eight years in the White House.
Politics aside, the meme world will miss him.
january 20th, 2017
joe: "barack, where are we goin?"
barack: "far, far away, joe…far, far away." pic.twitter.com/t0ubTYRq14
— Austin (@aukmoore) October 10, 2016
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