But Biden is suddenly, overwhelmingly hip.
First, he rescues America from the fiscal cliff. Then he hits on senators' mothers during the Senate's mock swearing-in ceremony for the new Congress Thursday.
As vice president, Biden is president of the Senate, which gives him certain official duties, such as presiding over some ceremonies. Those duties did not include confessing to the mother of Sen. Deb Fischer (R) of Nebraska, “You’ve got beautiful eyes, mom.” Or counseling a member of the family of Sen. Tim Scott (R) of South Carolina, “If you ever need any help on your pecs, let me know.”
And yet he did, and the videos went viral.
Actually, Biden has had a bit of a cult following for years now. Perhaps that's not surprising for a man who was once caught by a live mike telling Obama before an official address that passage of health-care reform was "a big [expletive] deal."
Among his greatest fans has been the satirical news website, The Onion, which has published lampoon articles including, "Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am in White House Driveway" and "Eloquent Biden Brings Entire Audience to Tears in Debate Stunner," complete with photoshopped images. Biden also singlehandedly made "malarkey" one of the most looked-up words of 2012 by using it in a vice presidential debate.