“Sad Joe Biden” Photo Goes Viral, Hilarity Ensues


A photo of Vice-President Biden from September has become an immortal Internet meme:

It started in September, when the above photo was taken, and the Internet embraced the opportunity to try and understand what Biden could have been thinking. The meme could have died there, but it instead turned into a Hydra that kept regrowing favs.

The Fix’s Jamie Fuller has some of the best from Twitter:

I had a few of my own, including one that went semi-viral around Thanksgiving:

And two that proved to be less popular:

As Fuller notes, the meme has now been picked up by “professionals” at sites like Buzzfeed which is probably the first sign that its on the way out, but never fear Sad Joe Biden, we’ll never forget you.

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  1. rodney dill says:

    Schmo Biden

  2. rodney dill says:

    “…Hmmm… Who ate the strawberries?….”

  3. C. Clavin says:

    I’ve never understood the turkey thing…turkey’s can fly…I’ve seen turkey’s fly.

  4. PLC says:

    What is a “meme”? Why don’t you call it what it is, an impersonation. The correct usage of the term “meme” is confined to the study of genetics, leave it there. Communication is supposed to create situations where ideas can be shared. Using terms out of context leaves many people wondering just what the hell you are talking about.

  5. rodney dill says:

    @PLC: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meme
    That is the correct usage.

    What is the study of genetics word you’re thinking of?

  6. Kari Q says:

    @C. Clavin:

    Wild turkeys can fly. Adult domestic turkeys generally can’t because they are too heavy. There’s a family of wild turkeys living in my suburban neighborhood and I’ve seen them fly short distances.

  7. Zero Hour says:

    Joe Biden is really Homer Simpson

  8. jj says:

    I’m dreaming of a White Christmas

  9. rodney dill says:

    Mongo like Candy.

    Sloth love Chunk.

    …This is the song that never ends.
    It just goes on and on my friend,
    Some people started singing it,
    Not knowing what is was.
    But now they keep on singing it
    Forever, just because,
    This it the song that never ends…

  10. Dave Schuler says:

    Still, he’s no Grumpy Cat.

  11. rodney dill says:

    “I hope I get a big enough bonus to put in that pool, and not just get signed up for the Jelly Of The Month club again.”

  12. rodney dill says:

    Definitely the “Not known to self” and “Not know to others” quadrant of Johari’s Window.

  13. CSK says:

    @rodney dill:

    “Mongo only pawn in game of life.”

  14. Nikki says:

    I thought you said hilarity ensued.

  15. Franklin says:

    @Dave Schuler: … and he’s probably not as rich!

  16. Franklin says:


    The correct usage of the term “meme” is confined to the study of genetics, leave it there.

    Actually, you are almost exactly wrong. Memetics is in contrast to genetics, insofar as the former has to do with transmission of behavior and culture through the senses, while the latter is transmission through chemistry.

  17. rodney dill says:

    @Franklin: …and Meme is derived from mimeme (From the Merriam Webster link above), not from Memetics, It only just happens to occur entirely in memetics, You might as tell someone fishing for carp, that they’re wrong cause they’ll never get a carpet that way.

  18. Franklin says:

    @rodney dill: Hmm, then either Merriam Webster or the Wikipedia page on “Meme” is wrong about the origins. EDIT: actually, on second viewing, they agree on the origin, but the Wikipedia page uses Memetics, because Dawkins got ‘meme’ from ‘mimeme’ with the intention of using it as an analogy to ‘gene’. So meme is to memetics as gene is to genetics.

  19. the Q says:

    “……Joe is sad and forlorn as he is looking through the window, through the pane…..”

    WINNER!!!!!….Slam dunk, good night nurse, I am outta here……….

  20. rodney dill says:

    @Franklin: It could just be timing, to the point where all the derivatives of meme haven’t been formally accepted into the language yet. Even though Merriam–Webster (online) said Meme was derived from Mimeme, it didn’t recognize Mimeme. Someone may have coined the word Memetics based of Meme.

  21. rodney dill says:

    “I can’t even…..”

  22. F Yimai says:

    Haha…gotta love it: now even the ‘sad’ Joe Biden has his very own website, http://SadJoeBiden.com …just in case you wanted to see his last 100 (yes, that’s one HUNDRED) memes within the past 24 hours! =)