Armed forces personnel are buzzing about the recall, and possible firing, of General McChrsytal, who is the top military commander in Afghanistan. At issue is an article that the general gave to Rolling Stone magazine in which he made derogatory comments about several senior members in the Obama administration. In particular, General McChrystal’s team called vice president Joe Biden, a nasty phrase due to his reluctance to send more troops to Afghanistan. Although vice president Joe Biden was appalled by the comment, he does have several “nicknames” which are regularly used to refer to the vice president. Listed below are the top ten nicknames:
1. The “Bidenator”. This nickname was thought up by press secretary Robert Gibbs in order to turn the vice president into the democrat’s version of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2. Biddy, AmTrak’s loveable mascot. This nickname was thought up by AmTrak executives who wanted to make the vice president the unofficial mascot of the train service that the vice president so loves.
3. The Un-Cheney. A nickname developed to draw contrast between ex-vice president Dick Cheney and Joe Biden. Used frequently by President Obama whenever his vice president starts asking for too much power.
4. Biden O’Malley. A reference used primarily on St. Patrick’s day to highlight Joe Biden’s Irish heritage.
5. Cup of Joe. A reference, not referring to the vice president himself, but to his viewpoint on a given topic. Such as, what is the “Cup of Joe” on farm subsidies?
6. Joe Mac. A reference to Joe Biden’s favorite meal, the Big Mac value meal at McDonald’s, which for some reason he believes is a Scottish restaurant and thus serves “ethnic” food.
7. The “Bice President”. Used as a nickname for secret service personnel guarding the vice president.
8. “Captain America”. Used by Michelle Obama and Biden’s personal staff to refer, almost sarcastically, to the vice president’s unbridled optimism and enthusiasm for the United States.
9. “Chess Master”. A somewhat ironic nickname given that the vice president never has mastered the chess board, but is an avid checkers player.
10. “Junior Mints”. An homage to the vice president’s favorite snack when traveling. Reportedly when traveling with the president on Air Force One, the first words out of his mouth are “Where are my Junior Mints?”
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