Happy 55th, Barack! A brother to me, a best friend forever. pic.twitter.com/uNsxouTKOO
— Vice President Biden (@VP) August 4, 2016
It’s President Obama’s birthday, y’all. And yes, the general election is in full-on crazy mode. And of course tomorrow is Friday, the new designated time for bad news to spill unceremoniously all over the news cycle like slop from the bedpan of the world’s sickbed. But for today, Obama’s BFF is here to wish him well. And cheer the rest of us up, too. (As of 3pm ET, his birthday greeting was already Biden’s most retweeted tweet ever.)
The Obama-Biden bromance, immortalized in a video from this year’s White House Correspondence dinner and another from Buzzfeed that first introduced the world to those friendship bracelets, is the antidote to the hysteria and vitriol of US politics. It’s Leslie Knope, but real. Or at least, as real as any carefully constructed political theater opportunistically taking advantage of a meme might be! And you know? We’ll take it.
Since Biden sent this birthday greeting over Twitter, we can only guess that Twitter’s No. 1 VIP, presidential candidate Donald Trump, will see it. And so will his running make, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
Mike Pence drafting texts to Donald Trump, finally settles on “mr trump… why don’t we have what they have” https://t.co/kdlHF6lq9P
— Brian Barrett (@brbarrett) August 4, 2016
Give it time, Pence. Loves like these don’t develop overnight. You’ve got a whole 95 days until November 8, and if you win, at least four years of staring into each other’s eyes in the White House situation room to let your friendship blossom.