Petition: Give Biden his own reality TV show

Kevin Lamarque: Reuters

A petition is asking the Obama administration to give the vice president his own reality show on C-SPAN.

C-SPAN will get a lot more interesting if one group has its way.

Thousands have signed a petition to the White House asking the Obama administration to give Vice President Joe Biden his own recurring television program on the C-SPAN television network.

As of Friday, the petition had attracted about 2,000 signatures. Created Jan. 4, it needs 25,000 by Feb. 3 to reach its goal. Petitions need 5,000 signatures within 30 days to be reviewed by the administration and receive an official response.

If successful, the petition calls for Biden to become the star of a reality show that follows his "daily activities and interactions," including with other people in government. The creators of the petition argue this would "educate the American public about the duties and responsibilities of their Vice President, while providing a glimpse of the lighthearted side of politics even in the midst of contentious and divisive national debates."

Biden is no stranger to media attention, and is never shy about saying what he means. The vice president is notorious for wacky quotes, such as some of the zingers he let loose during the mock swearing in of senators in the new Congress Thursday. The event was primarily a photo opportunity, but Biden’s quotes are getting most of the attention in the aftermath.

Among them:

  • "Spread your legs – you’re gonna get frisked," aimed at the husband of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
  • "Need any help on your pecs, man, give me a call," said to Sen. Tim Scott's brother, a former football player now serving in the Army.
  • "It's a Democrat, I know. But it's OK," Biden said to a toddler after he picked her up and she started crying. The girl was the daughter of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
  • During a break in the photo-taking, he shouted to the crowd, "Anyone else want to be sworn in as a senator today?"


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