What happens when the real U.S. Vice President decides to pal around with the Hollywood faux U.S. Vice President from HBO’s award-winning series Veep? Check out this hysterical video that played before President Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner tonight.
James Bond has teamed up with President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to protect people from sexual assault. Along with POTUS and VPOTUS, Daniel Craig is appearing in a new PSA encouraging men to intervene and stop the situation when they realize someone is in danger of being sexually assaulted. The 007 star is joined by Steve Carell, Benicio Del Toro, former West Wing and Psych actor Dulé Hill and NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers.
“I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project,” said Craig in a statement released by the White House today. “The message is clear and simple; everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses. Please watch it and pass it on.” Launched in coordination with the 1 Is 2 Many campaign and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the PSAs will debut next month in Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark movie theaters. In both a 30-second and 60-second format, they will also appear over NCM Media Networks’ Lobby Entertainment Network and on the big screen in U.S. military bases and ships around the world.
The morning after he helps Seth Meyers re-launch NBC’s Late Night, VPOTUS Joe Biden will visit ABC’s The View to discuss the Affordable Care Act and “the importance of signing up for health insurance through the marketplace before the March 31 deadline,” ABC said this morning. Biden will sit down with hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy as part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” thread in which they interview political guests. Biden’s a fave of The View, having made three previous visits to the daytime talk show; he made history on April 22, 2010, when he became its first sitting Vice President to sit on the couch. He took the occasion to apologize for his hot-mike F-bomb during the heath care act’s signing ceremony. “I was just thankful my mother couldn’t hear it or see it, and it was a little embarrassing,” he said on the show. “I realized there was a microphone but I had no idea it was that sensitive.”
Joe Biden’s heading back to NBC. Calling it “Must-see TV,” the Vice-President’s office announced today via Twitter that Biden will be appearing on the premiere of Late Night With Seth Meyers on February 24. The Veep will be on the new show alongside Meyers ‘former SNL castmate Amy Poehler, who had already been announced as the show’s first guest. This is not the first time the duo have been on screen together. Biden did a cameo back in November 2012 on Poehler’s Parks And Recreation. Rumored to be seriously looking at a 2016 bid for the Oval Office, Biden got a little bit of fictional political stardust last night at the White House State Dinner for the French President. The real life Veep sat with HBO’s Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus last night at the gathering. The Emmy-winning actress tweeted a pic of the two Veeps together Tuesday. The two last publicly meet up last April for the real VP’s Being Biden social media series.
MSNBC had to issue another mea culpa, this time for using footage of VP Joe Biden talking about Americans killed in Benghazi out of context in a segment on gun control. The Cycle host Toure made an on-air apology yesterday on behalf of the network, reports Politico. “Quick note, earlier today on MSNBC, we played a soundbite from the Vice President in which we stated he was speaking about gun control”, he said. “The Vice President was actually speaking about Benghazi. It was a producer error. MSNBC regrets the error”.
Just two days before the Season 2 debut of HBO’s Veep, real life Vice-President Joe Biden spent some time with his fictional counterpart. Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Friday. The meeting was part of the Being Biden series where the VP’s office sends out a picture via his Twitter account with accompanying audio explaining what is going on in the photo. The series debuted on the White House website on March 3. The Emmy-winning Louis-Dreyfus, who plays high maintenance and ineffectual Vice-President Selina Meyer on the HBO series, did the voice-over for today’s segment. “This is a picture of two vice presidents hard at work in the vice president’s office in the West Wing. I came to have lunch with Vice President Joe Biden, and I surprise him by sitting at his desk, so he thought he’d just ask my advice on various briefs he had to deal with. And I was happy to give him my advice, which he paid no attention to whatsoever, which is why he is such a wise vice president. And we had a lovely lunch, and it is a day I will never forget,” she said. Not that the real VP is limiting himself to an online audience. Besides the five Being Biden segments that have gone up so far, the real VP made a cameo back in November on NBC’s Parks And Recreation. …
Vice President Joe Biden today reiterated the administration’s call for studies on violent video games and possible links to real-life violence during a Google video chat, TheHill.com reported. Biden, who met two weeks ago with representatives of the entertainment industry, pointed out there is no concrete data on video games and possible links to violence. The CDC is prohibited from conducting research on gun violence because of a congressional ban on spending funds on studies that may advocate gun control. In addition to reimposing the federal ban on assault weapons and requiring universal background checks on firearms buyers, the White House plan released last week asked Congress to appropriate $10 million for the CDC to study gun violence, including possible links to violent video games and media images. Biden said he thinks special interest groups “are afraid of facts”, adding “let these people go out and look at the pathology that’s behind this, if there is a pathology related to gun violence” — and “let the facts lead where they will”.
The Vice President’s cameo on the NBC comedy aired last night, and it looks like he got dangerously close to his first on-screen kiss (save all those campaign appearances with wife Jill, that is). There was no Joe Biden bump for Parks And Recreation in the ratings, though — the show drew a 1.7/4 and was flat with last week.