Even someone who watched the vice-presidential debate on mute could tell that Joe Biden's debating style is wildly different from that of his boss. President Obama mainly displayed two looks at last week's debate: blankly staring at Mitt Romney while answering questions and looking down while feverishly taking notes (apparently he was told there would be a quiz later). Biden on the other hand, showed off a wide variety of expressions: shaking his head in disbelief, raising his eyebrows incredulously, and laughing a lot. Minutes after the debate was over, @LaughinJoeBiden had already picked up thousands of followers.
On Twitter Piers Morgan deemed Biden's laugh "infectious," and after weathering the last week many liberals seemed happy to have something to smile about. Unsurprisingly, right-leaning Tweeters weren't amused by Biden's suggestion that everything Paul Ryan said in the debate was absurd. Expect to see the two takes on Biden's laughter showcased in competing campaign ads.
Joe Biden's Laugh: "This little nerd is funny!" #vpdebates— Chris Rock (@chrisrockoz) October 12, 2012
Joe Biden shares that laugh that Denzel employs before he throat punches someone— Tahir Jetter (@tahirtweets) October 12, 2012
Biden condecending "smile" and "laugh" on the double screen can NOT be serving him well. Arrogance is NOT a strength.#vpdebate— Saul Anuzis (@sanuzis) October 12, 2012
Biden should laugh a little less. Which isn't to say that Ryan's answers aren't laughable.— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) October 12, 2012
RT if you're laughing every time you see Biden laugh. He's putting me in a good mood. Im happier than I was an hour ago. Thanks Joe! #debate— Chris Rock (@chrisrockoz) October 12, 2012
Gore sighed and it cost him. He came off as annoying. Biden can't stop that condescending laugh. Bad optics.— Bernard Goldberg (@BernardGoldberg) October 12, 2012
Biden's smirk is infectious. I'm starting to laugh too. Maybe this is a deliberate cunning strategy. #PMTdebate— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 12, 2012
Trying to figure out if Biden's lit or he just likes to sit & laugh a lot. He prob shouldn't have had that brownie prior.😉— Jason Hawes (@Jchawes) October 12, 2012
If this keeps up much longer, Joe Biden's going to sprain his laugh muscles. #vpdebate— Indecision (@indecision) October 12, 2012
Joe Biden: a combination of Bill Clinton and a very hungry hyena.— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) October 12, 2012
Prediction: "Biden" becomes a verb tomorrow. As in, "man, you totally bidened that guy! You ripped him a new one while smiling!"— BUST Magazine (@bust_magazine) October 12, 2012
Here's a look at Biden in action: