Joe Biden doesn't want to go down in history as "Goofy Uncle Joe." Unfortunately, that's not up to him.
During one of his daily commutes on an Amtrak train, Vice President Biden sat down with CNBC's John Harwood and talked his career and the politics of the future. One interesting question popped up. Here's the transcript from NBC News:
HARWOOD: So George H.W. Bush was weak, Dan Quayle was dumb, Al Gore was wooden, Dick Cheney was Darth Vader. Do you feel sympathy for those guys, having done this for seven years? And are you comfortable with Goofy Uncle Joe?
BIDEN: No, I'm not comfortable with Goofy Uncle Joe. But one of the things that's important to know — and one of the reasons why, when I first got asked about this job I said no — is there is no inherent power in being vice president.
Biden added that he told President Obama that in his secondary role, he required only to be "the last guy in the room." He then praised how he fulfilled that promise by running the Recovery Act from "beginning, middle, and end" and then, "I did the Iraq thing."
But Biden felt the need to address the Goofy Uncle thing one more time to ensure his legacy is intact:
And by the way, the so-called Goofy Uncle Joe — if you notice, I beat every Republican in every poll when they thought I was running. You notice that my favorability was higher than anybody that's running for office in either party.
Harwood asked Biden to reflect on his career that started in the Senate. He easily praised himself for ending the Vietnam War and bringing a divided America back together and rolling out a foreign policy "that was more rational." He also mentioned what he did for women in America.
By the end of the interview, Biden sounded less like the Goofy Uncle and more like the Whiny Uncle -- that is, when it came to the failures he didn't seem too keen on admitting:
Here's what I plead guilty to. We had about eight atom bombs dropped on our desk. It took us the auto recovery, it took us Dodd-Frank, it took us the Recovery Act, it took us all those God-awful difficult things we had to do, including raising the top rate for the wealthiest Americas so there's $600 billion more income now — it took us five years to get that done.