The Onion Strikes Comic Gold With Biden Spoofs

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    Stacie Lposted 5 years ago

    The Onion Strikes Comic Gold With Biden Spoofs

    Political satire typically seizes on a public officials foibles or flaws and exaggerates them  Gerald R. Fords clumsiness, Bill Clintons fast-food cravings, George W. Bushs malapropisms, for example. Turning the craft on its head, writers at The Onion have created a caricature of the vice president that is entirely incongruous with his public image. Of all Mr. Bidens imperfections, being a womanizer and a drunk are not on the list. In fact, he does not drink and has been, by all accounts, a devoted husband and family man for more than 30 years.

    The Onions portrayals of Mr. Biden began as traditional vice president jokes (Biden Pardons Single Yam in Vice-Presidential Thanksgiving Ritual) but writers there had an epiphany last year when they discovered that tweaking their caricature of the vice president into someone virtually unrecognizable from his public persona  Biden To Cool His Heels in Mexico For a While, read one headline  was comic gold.

    The result has been endless fodder for Biden jokes  too many, in fact, for The Onion to publish. So at a time when no major news media outlet has a reporter dedicated solely to covering the vice president, writers at The Onion are generating so many story ideas about Mr. Biden that editors have to turn them down.

    is it disrespectful to make fun of political leaders...or are they fair game?..if we want the rest of the world to respect us as a nation,is this appropriate?
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