Yesterday, Vice President Biden fulfilled his duties by swearing in the 115th Senate and, legit, no one has ever had more fun.
Here’s the Veep with Senator Kamala Harris’ family doing his best impression of your wild great uncle who always finds a nickel behind your ear and quotes movies you haven’t seen in decades.
“Democracy! Party time! Excellent!”
What even is happening here? It’s like Biden told everyone to act like there was a T-Rex towering above them. Everyone’s like “LOL, whut” meanwhile Grandpa Joe is giving his best “Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park.”
Who knew swearing in was such a blast? I have watched about 50 bajillion episodes of Law & Order and no one has this much fun getting sworn in to testify. Maybe that’s what wrong with the criminal justice system. I feel like the bailiff should be like “Do you swear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? And also look what I found behind your ear! Twenty-five cents!”
I would definitely snitch a lot more if there was close-up magic involved.
Anyway, Biden was having an absolute blast at the swearing in, yucking it up with kids and adults while also performing a solemn ceremony where elected leaders swore to protect the country from enemies foreign and at home. Just another wild and crazy afternoon with Grandpa Joe!
I would pay good money to watch a television game show where Joe Biden affably performs civil ceremonies. It can be called “I Swear” and the house band can be All-4-One.
Just imagine his dad joke-filled opening monologue. “Last week I did so much swearing in, I had to wash my mouth out with soap!”
(PS, how can you not love this photo?! I presume this was taken during Biden’s classic Tim Robbins impression at the 17th Annual Shawkshank Redemption Festival.)
Our fun-loving Vice President wasn’t alone in his pursuit of a patriotic good time. Look at Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s son trying to steal Grandpa Joe’s wacky spotlight.
What a card! Get that kid a seat on the Ways and Means committee.
Democracy is adorable.
Things really kicked into high gear at the Grandpa Joe Traveling Civic Engagement Show and Pie-Eating Contest during the swearing in of Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
This video is everything I could possibly want in a swearing in.
I love how Biden is an expert on where extended family members should stand like the world’s most jovial wedding photographer.
Can this be his next career? I will gladly re-stage my wedding just to watch Vice President Biden giving my dad helpful hints about angles and being 100% adorable with my nephew.
I imagine most of the wedding pictures will look like this.
Here for it!
But enough about my wedding. For now.
Over at the House swearing in ceremony with Paul Ryan folks were actually wilding out during the photo shoots.
Rep. Roger Marshall’s son actually tried to dab during his father’s photo. What Tom Haverford nonsense is this?!
That’s not even a dab, hon. That’s a “Taking a nap in chemistry class.”
Y’all if my future son were to ever even think about dabbing during my swearing in (for Secretary of Shade or Vice Chancellor of Brunch or President or whatever) I would go full Furious Clair Huxtable on him. That’s just unacceptable.
We’re a Nae Nae-only house.
Anyway! Back to Senator Duckworth and Vice President Biden!
First of all, Tammy Duckworth is a 100% badass so, of course, she’s wearing black leather like the Marvel superhero that she is. Here for that.
But it’s Duckworth’s daughter, Abigail, who steals the show, yelping adorably through the brief ceremony. Biden is so taken by the toddler that he ends up devoting all of his attention to her. In fact, I’m pretty sure he ended up swearing her in instead. It’s cool, though, she’s friendly with unions, she’s a huge White Sox fan and she’s been working on a huge manufacturing initiative. She’ll be great for Illinois.
Democracy: So! Cute!
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