Biden: My Popularity Isn't Waning; My Appeal is Becoming More Selective

Say goodbye to the new Vice President. Given his multiple gaffes on the campaign trail, during the transition, and since the inauguration, the only surprise is that it’s taken Obama this long to dispatch him to Dick Cheney’s undisclosed location. But before he fades from view, he wants you to know it’s because he’s become even more influential than before:

In his first interview as Vice President, Joseph Biden told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer that he does not see his role to be “deputy president.” Rather, said he hopes to be a “confidant, advisor and essentially the last guy in the room when [President Obama] makes critical decisions.”

Appearing on Face The Nation this morning, Biden was asked how he views his role in comparison to his predecessor Dick Cheney, arguably the “single most powerful vice president.”

Biden responded that “hopefully” he can “help shape policy” with President Obama, noting that “thus far that is how it has worked.”

“The agreement that he and I made is that I would be available for every single major decision that he makes … that I would have all the paper, all the material, all the meetings,” he said. “Again, not for me to make decisions, [but] for me to give the best advice that I can give.”

So you shouldn’t expect to see Biden out front all that much. He will be quietly sitting in a back room, crafting policy. He will often be the last one in the room with Obama.

After all, someone has to turn out the lights once the President leaves.

And yes, the title is a Tap reference.