Biden’s Constant Debate Laughter Was Either Delightful or Totally Disrespectful

DANVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 11: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden smiles during the vice presidential debate at Centre College October 11, 2012 in Danville, Kentucky. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice presidential candidates before the closely-contested election November 6. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo: Win McNamee/2012 Getty Images

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.

Here’s a look at Biden in action:

Biden’s Laughter: Delightful or Disrespectful?