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The Onion's portrayal of Joe Biden is a satirical caricature of Joe Biden, who was the 47th Vice President of the United States between 2009 and 2017. Also known as "Diamond Joe" or "Uncle Joe", The Onion's Biden is not a straightforward exaggeration or parody of the real Biden, but rather, a distinct character with outrageous qualities who shares little in common with his source. The Onion portrayed Biden as a blue-collar "goofy uncle", a muscle car driver, a raucous party animal, a petty criminal, and even a drug-dealing gang member. The character became one of The Onion's most popular creations of the Obama era, garnering critical acclaim and large numbers of page views.

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  • The Onion's portrayal of Joe Biden is a satirical caricature of Joe Biden, who was the 47th Vice President of the United States between 2009 and 2017. Also known as "Diamond Joe" or "Uncle Joe", The Onion's Biden is not a straightforward exaggeration or parody of the real Biden, but rather, a distinct character with outrageous qualities who shares little in common with his source. The Onion portrayed Biden as a blue-collar "goofy uncle", a muscle car driver, a raucous party animal, a petty criminal, and even a drug-dealing gang member. The character became one of The Onion's most popular creations of the Obama era, garnering critical acclaim and large numbers of page views.
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  • The Onion's portrayal of Joe Biden is a satirical caricature of Joe Biden, who was the 47th Vice President of the United States between 2009 and 2017. Also known as "Diamond Joe" or "Uncle Joe", The Onion's Biden is not a straightforward exaggeration or parody of the real Biden, but rather, a distinct character with outrageous qualities who shares little in common with his source. The Onion portrayed Biden as a blue-collar "goofy uncle", a muscle car driver, a raucous party animal, a petty criminal, and even a drug-dealing gang member. The character became one of The Onion's most popular creations of the Obama era, garnering critical acclaim and large numbers of page views. Created by Onion writer Chad Nackers, the character was developed over the course of the real Biden's two terms as Vice President of the United States between 2009 and 2017. Although the newspaper had first mentioned Biden in 2006, he had never been the focus of an Onion piece until the character's debut, which coincided with Obama and Biden's inauguration in January 2009. Nackers and others have recognized the character's true debut as the May 2009 article "Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am in White House Driveway", which was the first full-length treatment of the character. Since then, the Biden character has appeared in more than 50 Onion articles and numerous videos. Despite the radical differences between the fictional character and the real politician, The Onion's depiction of Biden is often regarded as having a significant, mostly positive influence on his public image. The real Joe Biden enjoyed his characterization in The Onion and publicly commented on it several times. Mitch McConnell mentioned the character on the Senate floor in a speech given in tribute to the departing vice president amid the presidential transition of Donald Trump. Commentators have noted that the character reinforced Biden's reputation as a good-natured, easy-going populist with strong ties to the working class. More recently, aspects of the Onion characterization have been reconsidered and criticized. Commentators have reassessed Onion articles depicting Biden as sleazy or macho in light of the allegations of Biden's inappropriate physical contact with women. Shortly after Biden announced his 2020 presidential campaign, former Onion editor Joe Garden penned an op-ed expressing regret over the publication's largely apolitical, uncritical portrayal of the character. While Garden maintained that the Onion's Biden had been funny, he expressed concern that it had drawn attention away from the politician's record. The Onion briefly revived the "Diamond Joe" version of Biden in its coverage of the 2020 Democratic primaries, but has since dropped it in favor of satirizing real-world developments in the politician's campaign and aspects of Biden's personality.
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