Joe Biden Really Just Has a Couple Minor Quibbles With the Onion’s Portrayal of Him

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U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden speaks at Chrysler Group LLC's Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010. Chrysler Group LLC, the third- largest U.S. automaker, will have a "difficult" time turning a net profit for the year, Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne told reporters today. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden speaks at Chrysler Group LLC's Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010. Chrysler Group LLC, the third- largest U.S. automaker, will have a "difficult" time turning a net profit for the year, Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne told reporters today. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2010 Bloomberg

Joe Biden is on the loose as of yesterday. But even before he was officially unchained, the vice-president was giving frank, revealing interviews about administration practices and his ideological formation. Like this one, with Car and Driver magazine, in which we learn that perhaps Amtrak Joe gave his heart away long ago to another form of transportation.


I bought a ’51 Studebaker. My dad thought it was nice and calm, but it had that overdrive, and it was fast. Then I bought a 1952 Plymouth convertible, candy-apple red with a split windshield. I think that was my favorite. I had a ’56 Chevy, then in college I bought a 100,000-mile Mercedes 190SL with those Solex carburetors that never functioned. And I still have my 1967 Goodwood-green Corvette, 327, 350-horse, with a rear-axle ratio that really gets up and goes. The Secret Service won’t let me drive it. I’m not allowed to drive anything. It’s the one thing I hate about this job. I’m serious.

We believe you, Joe.

Biden also graciously fact-checked the Onion's portrayal of him as a shirtless Trans Am enthusiast washing his car in the White House driveway against his real-life car-care habits.


You think I’d drive a Trans Am? I have been in my bathing suit in my driveway and not only washed my Goodwood-green 1967 Corvette but also simonized it.  At least the Onion should have had me washing a Trans Am convertible. I love convertibles.

So what he's saying, then, is that the Onion didn't go quite far enough.

What I'd Do Differently: Vice President Joe Biden — Interview [Car and Driver]