Obama Writes A Birthday Meme For Joe Biden

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Former Vice President Joe Biden turned 75 on Nov. 20 and former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to commemorate his friend's birthday with a meme. 

The tweet features an image of Biden pointing and smiling at the audience during the former president's 2014 State of the Union address along with a written dialogue between the two men: 

ME: Joe, about halfway through the speech I'm gonna wish you a happy birth--
BIDEN: IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!
ME: Joe.

Happy birthday to [Joe Biden], my brother and the best vice president anybody could have.

The tweet has been liked more than 1.5 million times and retweeted more than 400,000 times as of Nov. 21. 

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Memes chronicling and parodying the friendship between Obama and Biden go back to 2014, according to the BBC.

The first meme written as dialogue set the standard for the format, portraying Biden as an impetuous but lovable goof and Obama as his ever-suffering straight man:

REPORTER: Mr. President, what's your favorite Wu Tang album?
OBAMA: What kind of question is --
[biden grabs podium]
BIDEN: LIQUID SWORDS

That original meme was liked more than 43,000 times and retweeted more than 30,000 times.

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Other memes characterize Biden as afraid of the dark, afraid of spiders, and frightened of being left behind in the White House after Obama leaves.

Following the 2016 presidential election, the memes developed a theme of Obama shutting down Biden's plans to prank President Donald Trump when he arrived at the White House:

biden: cmon you gotta print a fake birth certificate, put it in an envelope labeled 'SECRET' and leave it in the oval office desk
obama: joe

Biden himself thinks the memes are hilarious and has a personal favorite, according to USA Today. The meme in question features a picture of Biden and Barack dancing together while their wives, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, dance together nearby:

[Biden:] See? Doesn't this feel right?
[Obama:] Joe I said I'm not leaving my wife for you.
[Biden:] You said we'd be together forev-
[Obama:] 8 years. I said 8 years.

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While the memes were often outlandish, they captured the real friendship between the men.

"To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware's favorite son: You were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best," Obama said during his farewell speech, according to the New York Daily News. "Not because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family and your friendship has been one of the greatest joys of our life."

Sources: Barack Obama/TwitterBBC News, New York Daily News, USA Today / Featured Image: Obama White House/Flickr / Embedded Images: Barack Obama/TwitterTwitter (2)

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