Vice President Joe Biden, played by Jason Sudeikis, told the Saturday Night Live audience he was going to solve one of three major problems while his boss is gone. President Barack Obama embarked on a nine-day trip to Asia Thursday, "so for the next week, Joe's running things."
He said he is not worried about the economy or unemployment. "The stimulus is working. Right now there are thousands of new jobs being created every day across America," he said.
"Foreclosure lawyers and repo men, temps and bankruptcy specialists, don't tell me no one is hiring. The quality of the work force is improving too," he added. "If you drive behind a Home Depot right now to find a bunch of guys back there ready to help you put up a new deck, you'll find fellows with masters degrees, former professors and accountants. It's amazing."
He would love to fix what's going on in Afghanistan, he said, "but there's one problem. Afghanistan is a mess, it can't be fixed. Trust me, I've been there."
After saying they are better at growing drugs than democracy, he deadpanned, "I'm just giving it to you straight Biden style."
Instead, SNL suggested Biden could help Obama pass a health care bill, by any means necessary. "You can water it down however you like," he said. "He will literally sign anything."
"I want to make an offer to the first Republican senator to come across the aisle and sign onto this bill," Biden said. "You can write one provision of your own in the bill and seal it in this envelope right here. I promise I won't show it to the president until after he signs onto this bill."
This video is from NBC's Saturday Night Live, broadcast Nov. 14, 2009.