While Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama were giving speeches about how to move our country forward during the final night of the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina, there were a few moments in which they evoked a great sense of national pride. There were moments in which they made promises for the future. There were a few egregious uses of the word “literally.” But there was also a very obvious strain of brotherly love. From what we could tell from last night’s speeches, Biden and Obama are basically the Batman and Robin of politics. They are absolutely BFFs.
Just take under consideration the song Biden walked out to: “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson. If that’s not a nod to this political “bromance” (for severe lack of a better word) I’m not sure what is. Then we have Biden’s little moment, in which he thanks “Bo” (I personally would have gone with “Barry”, since Bo is also the name of the President’s dog) for nominating him again for Vice President. Obama returned the friendly call-out by calling Biden a “loyal friend” and casting him a friendly glance, complete with that million-watt smile.
But all this friendship and good will makes us wonder. Biden said he’d like to take us “inside the White House to see the President how I see him.” Well, we didn’t really do that. So instead, we’ve picked choice moments from some of the best dynamic duos in pop culture so that we might imagine what life is really like with these super best buddies:
How They Might Joke To Each Other After Addressing the Public With Dynamic Speeches: As seen in Wayne’s World Obama (in the words of Wayne Campbell): Well, that’s all the time we had for our speech. We hope you found it entertaining, whimsical and yet relevant, with an underlying revisionist conceit that bullied the speech’s emotional attachments to the subject matter. Biden (in the words of Garth Algar): I just hoped you didn’t think it sucked.
How Biden Might Revive Obama When The Going Gets Tough: As seen in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Obama (in the words of Frodo Baggins): I can’t do this, Joe. Biden (in the words of Sam Wise Gamgee): I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. President. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. President, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. Obama: What are we holding onto, Joe? Biden: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. President… and it’s worth fighting for.
What It Was Like The First Time They Hung Out Together As seen on Community Biden (in the words of Troy Barnes): Candy corn looks like tiny traffic cones. Obama (in the words of Abed Nadir): Yeah, it sure does. Biden: At, like, a candy traffic school. Obama: Yeah. Biden: Little ginger bread man is at the wheel, and he’s drunk. Obama: Look out! Biden: You keep driving, but you keep wanting to eat yourself. Obama: All day. Biden: That’s one of my biggest fears. Obama: What is? Biden: If I ever woke up as a donut… Obama: You would eat yourself. Biden: I wouldn’t even question it. Obama: That’d be tasty. Biden: It’s cool to know other people think about this stuff, too. Obama: Yeah.
What Obama Might Say When Under Stress Due To a Decision That Upset The Public: As seen in The Empire Strikes Back Obama (in the words of Han Solo): Laugh it up, fuzzball!
What They Might Sing Together on Karaoke Night: As seen on Scrubs
What They’ll Say When The Election Results Are In, No Matter What They Are: As seen in I Love You, Man Obama (in the words of Peter Klaven): I love you, man. Biden (in the words of Sydney Fife): I love you, too, bud. Obama: I love you, dude. Biden: I love you, Bro Montana. Obama: I love you, holmes. Biden: I love you, Brobama.* Obama: I love you, muchacha. Biden: I love you, Tycho Brohe.
*Yeah, we know it was Broseph Goebbels in the movie. But to be fair, Biden’s a politician, so he’d be wise to leave that one out. Plus, admit it. Brobama totally works.
What They’ll Do When The Election Results Are In, No Matter What They Are: As seen on Friends
We can’t tell you everything we found down south on the New Orleans set of the action comedy 21 Jump Street (starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum), but there are a few tidbits we just can’t keep to ourselves.
1. Don’t call it a spoof.
The first thing most people said when I headed down to New Orleans for a 21 Jump Street set visit was along these lines: “Really? (Insert groaning noise here.) Another spoof of an old TV show?” Nope. Anyone and everyone working on this reincarnation of the classic 80s television show will tell you it’s just that – a rebirth. Besides, how many big budget stunts did you see Johnny Depp’s Tom Hanson do in 1987?
2. Working with hilarious people is really hard.
21 Jump Street’s leading lady, Brie Larson, has the pleasure of sharing screen time with funny folks like Hill and supporting actor Rob Riggle, but for her and the rest of the crew, keeping quiet during the scene is nothing short of a miracle. She recalled a few times she almost ruined takes because the jokes were just too funny. “You can see everyone backstage with hands over their mouths, trying not to laugh, tears coming up. And I can’t do anything! If I laugh, I screw this up for everybody! It’s like life or death in those moments. But somehow, you find a way. And afterwards, you fall on the ground and you’re, like, a wiggle worm! You can’t stop,” she said.
3. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill know what the inside of each other’s mouths feel like.
Now, every successful A-list leading man succeeds thanks to long line of hunks that came before him and Ryan Reynolds is no different. So, what better way to celebrate Reynolds’ promotion to a full-fledged leading man than to chart the men that allowed him to get there? These are the Green Lantern star is now the total package: heartthrob, hero, and most importantly, a highly in-demand actor.