Is America’s pleasantly uncouth uncle having 2016 election regrets? After a Senate session on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden told reporters that he might toss his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential election.
According to CNN, Biden was reflecting on his time in the Senate when one of their reporters jokingly asked if he would run for public office in the future.
“Yeah, I am,” Biden replied. “I’m going to run in 2020.”
Naturally, reporters pressed the VP on what position he would pursue, and his response was cavalier.
“For president. What the hell, man.”
As it happens, “what the hell, man” is my current reaction to any moderately hopeful news. Besides, 2020 seems eons away when we’ll spend the next four years staving off the apocalypse.
But Biden doesn’t seem to be joshing around. When reporters said they would print his response, he said, “That’s ok.” Later, he clarified — albeit with rather circuitous and obscure rhetoric.
“I’m not committing not to run. I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening.”
In the meantime, he has found his time in the Senate—where he served for 36 years before joining Barack Obama in the White House—extremely meaningful.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time here in the Senate,” he told reporters. “It’s a great feeling to come back. I love this place.”
So, who knows what Uncle Joe will do. Who knows if it would even make sense for him to run in 2020. Who fucking knows if the United States of America will be reduced to a Salvador Dalí-esque wasteland in the meantime. What the hell, man, I guess we’ll see.